- The Regular Visitation strengthens our vocation by forcing us to look at the most important values we live by. Preparation for the visitation is a beneficial examination of community life. The Visitations often help heal relationships, bringing the concerned parties to see that the source of the problem is not just on one side. Visitations give communities a sense of direction and guidelines for future work.
- The fact that the visitor comes from a different culture and requires translators has not been experienced as a major obstacle. This different – and sometimes more objective – point of view is beneficial. Visitations give communities a sense of belonging to a large family, and assure them that various sources of help are available.
- The ministry of the Father Immediate must be exercised in faith, both on the part of the Father Immediate who sees himself as the representative of Christ, and faith on the part of the community who receives him as Christ. His ministry is one of aid and assistance, not that of a policeman. A visit by the Father Immediate is a time of grace, a time for the community to look at and reflect on its life and how it may grow in its surrender to God.
- He must be conscious of his powerlessness, owning it in prayer. He must be capable of patience and humility, for time is required in order to know and in order to be accepted. Good judgement and good sense is fundamental, and the possibility to listen with empathy, accepting diversity. The primary purpose of the Visitation is to ensure support for the local Superior.
- The possibility of having an abbess as Regular Visitor in houses of monks does not really excite enthusiasm.
- The play of complementarities causes monks to accept more readily what is said by a woman, and vice versa.
Sr. Hanne-Maria of Tautra