The common exercises, such as the celebration of the office in common, shared table, work and recreation together, the value of all of which has been proven by centuries of tradition, are designed to increase the integration of the sisters into the community and to foster the union among members of the same family (Constitutions 79).

Recreation is the time of day when sisters gather together to enjoy one another’s company, and to engage in activities like walking, playing games, as well as in hobbies like rosary-making, knitting, crocheting, card making, spinning, etc. Recreation is a time for relaxing from the labors of the day, and for building up fraternal bonds between sisters.

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