Friends of Mother Marie-Leonie

Dear Friends of Mother Marie-Leonie,

The theme of Advent 2021 is: “With him, hope again”. With this theme our year of prayer for peace to reign everywhere takes on its full meaning. We hope mainly for peace in Jesus Christ because everything is possible to God, the Master of hearts. Having peace in our heart, God wants our collaboration to radiate it around us. Let us pray and act to abolish all forms of violence.

O God, Father of all people, you ask us to bring love where the poor are humiliated, joy where the Church is weary, reconciliation where people are divided.  Help us to be reconciled, the father with his son, the mother with her daughter, the husband with his wife, the believer with the one who cannot believe, the Christian with his Christian brother whom he does not love. You open this way for us so that the wounded body of Jesus Christ, your Church, may be a leaven of communion for the poor of the earth and for the whole human family.

Bring peace to all our needs, to all suffering and to the world, so that Jesus the Prince of Peace may become incarnate at Christmas and every day in the year 2022.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2022!

Rachel Lemieux, p.s.s.f.      November 2021

 


Peace in our needs


December 2021

Suggestion: Place a Bible or an inspiring image or photograph in front of you that will help you pray and keep you in a climate of peace.

I take the time to go within myself to realize that God dwells in me.  He gave me life through my parents as well as a place to live.  My parents and the people around me have up to now responded as best they could to some of my needs.  The one to love, to be loved and recognized either by a smile, a good word, a compassionate look, an encouragement, a helping hand, etc...  Many people have been God's witnesses in my life.  I list them to give thanks to God.  Every human being is limited and despite a willingness to make the other happy, only God can fully respond to this need.  Fortunately, God is always there to make up for any lack.

“Be compassionate, as your Father is compassionate.  Do not judge, and you will not be judged.  Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  Give, and it shall be given to you.  Good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will they pour into the fold of your garment.  For the measure you measure with will be measured back to you.”  Lk 6:36-38

Mother Marie-Leonie in both Memramcook and Sherbrooke has become the mother of all the needy.  People came from the parish and from the surrounding region to see “Sister Leonie”, as she was then called; some came to her for advice and encouragement, others to commend their sick ones to her prayers, all came to confide their sorrows and difficulties.  The dear Mother comforted them, spoke to them about God, about the love of his cross and of his admirable will, and each one went home comforted and resigned.  As she knew that she could not fully respond to the needs of others, she supplemented the Virgin Mary with her prayer.  She wrote: “My confidence in our good Mother is unlimited.  She knows our needs and has such a great power over the heart of her divine Son.”

“Throw yourself into the arms of divine Providence, who directs everything with love; joys, crosses, difficulties, even small ones which seem to us like mountains at first but fade away just like that.”

Reflection

I have faith in God who loves me, who always hears my prayer and I entrust all my needs to him.  I ask him to be patient and to wait until the appropriate hour, convinced that he always arrives on time. Keep inner peace by accepting what I cannot do and make up for it with my prayer knowing that God fulfills me beyond all my desires. Many people meet some of my needs, I ask God to do the same for them and to fill them with his blessings.

To keep this peace and trust, I repeat Mother Marie-Leonie's advice: “Throw yourself into the arms of divine Providence, who directs everything with love.”

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