Today, Presentation Sisters continue to contemplate the mystery of God and the mystery of creation, the mystery of life – the one great mystery of love. They recognise that the poor are always with us, that injustice against humanity and against creation abounds in our world, that we are daily confronted with wars, with the migration of peoples, with the destruction of nature that threatens the planet itself.
The call to action belongs with the call to love. The Presentation way of life is inspired by a long and loving look at what is, and seeing there both the pain and possibility of life. It is a life of practical freedom to act in response to need. A great Presentation woman Raphael Consedine expressed it like this:
Take down your lantern from its niche and go out!
You may not dwell in firelight certainties,
Secure from drifting fog of doubt and fear.
You may not build yourself confining walls
And say: ‘Thus far, and thus, and thus far shall I walk,
And these things shall I do, and nothing more.’
Go out! For need calls loudly in the winding lanes
And you must seek Christ there.
Your pilgrim heart
Shall urge you still one pace beyond,
And love shall be your lantern-flame.