The Rule of Augustine, which St. Dominic chose for his sons and daughters, states that the first reason for which we are gathered together in community is to live in harmony, having one mind and heart in God. This unity transcends the limits of the monastery and attains its fullness in communion with the Order and with the whole Church of Christ.
The Unanimity of our life, rooted in the love of God, should furnish a living example of that reconciliation of all things in Christ which our brethren proclaim in their preaching of the word.
Life in a Dominican monastery is definitely not a life lived in isolation. Rather, it is a life lived in community, in shared joys and sorrows with sisters whose bond is the love of the Lord. In prayer, in work, in the performance of our duties, at community meetings, the sisters strive for a deep abiding charity for each other and a unanimity of spirit and ideals.
Becoming a Dominican means that we receive our strength from each other. We are not soloists. As Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. remarks:
“Being called to live with one mind and heart in God is not simply being present to each other in a loving relationship, of friendship, as sisters. It means a great deal more in that the basis of our unity and harmony is always rooted in the Love of God!”