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Penance

By reason of their religious consecration and the apostolic vocation of the Order, the nuns are urged more than the rest of the faithful to deny themselves, take up their cross, and bear the death of Jesus in body and soul, that they may merit the glory of the resurrection for themselves and for others. (LCM 61:I)


The nuns do penance in imitation of their founder, St. Dominic, who spent his nights in prayer crying for mercy for poor sinners.