Friends of Mother Marie-Leonie

Dear Friends of Blessed Marie-Leonie,

We lived through Lent and Easter 2020 in a unique situation. The proposed themes were: Growing in faith as well as growing in joy. We did not have to look for ways to achieve them, life took care of that.

A song, which you know well, is with me during these events and resounds in me:
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
Even though it be a cross that raises me;
Still all my song shall be nearer, my God, to Thee,
Chorus: Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams I'd be nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
There let the way appear steps unto heaven;
All that Thou sends me in mercy given;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
Or if on joyful wing, cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upwards I fly,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

May God be the source of our comfort, our serenity and our solidarity. May Blessed Marie-Leonie be the confidant of our difficulties in order to present them to God, our Father, and to receive his blessings. This is the secret of happiness for all the challenges we still have to face.

Let us remain united by singing in our hearts our faith, our hope, our love to remain aware of and in solidarity with all that our sisters and brothers are living. May Blessed Marie-Leonie intercede for us.

Rachel Lemieux, p.s.s.f. May 2020

Our Father

June 2020


 

Also to those who have offended us

Lk 6: 27-35: To you who hear me, I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you and pray for those who maltreat you.  When someone slaps you on one cheek, turn and give him the other; when someone takes your coat, let him have your shirt as well.  Give to all who beg from you.  When a man takes what is yours, do not demand it back.  Do to others what you would have them do to you.  If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  Even sinners love those who love them.  If you do good to those who do good to you, how can you claim any credit?  Sinners do as much.  If you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what merit is there in it for you?  Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.  Love your enemy and do good; lend without expecting repayment.  Then will your recompense be great.  You will rightly be called sons of the Most High, since he himself is good to the ungrateful and the wicked.

A Mother who was “All heart”: Pages 67-68

The idea expressed by Father Rézé having taken root in a few heads, these Sisters of Memramcook thought the time had come to implement it.  They decided to write a letter on this matter to Father Lefebvre.  The task was given to a young postulant who had recently entered; she wrote the letter the best she could, as dictated by the Sisters.  After reading the letter, Father Lefebvre immediately went to the Sisters and put an end to the whole affair.  He made them clearly understand that Sister Leonie was and would remain their superior.

On her return from her visits, he told her what had been plotted behind her back.  She allowed nothing to show outwardly, so that they believed she had never found out.  And yet… Many years later, she confided to one of her intimate friends: “On my return to Saint Joseph’s College, as I was giving Rev. Father Lefebvre an account of my trip to Saint-Césaire and to Farnham for a retreat, and of the good dispositions that seemed to animate all our Sisters, the superior said to me: ‘Yes, you believe in the good faith of our Little Sisters: here, you will read this document and see the sort of thing one must expect in life!’  The envelope which he handed me contained a long letter written by a postulant, under the dictate of the Sisters, who had just ended their retreat preached by Rev. Father X… They listed all my faults: lack of tidiness, tact, thrift, skill, etc.; then, finally, they asked him to have me recalled to Notre Dame, Indiana.

I was deeply hurt, for I did not anticipate such a thing; not that I was reluctant to return to my convent, but I was saddened to see how little understanding, esteem and gratitude these poor girls showed, after all the trouble I had taken to form them in the religious life.  Father Lefebvre, you will understand, would not hear of my leaving.  Therefore, he wasted no time in calling everyone back to order.”

Reflection

Life is full of surprises, contradictions and surprising events.  We give ourselves body and soul and often it is not appreciated, rejected or even forgotten.  The above-mentioned Word of God gives us the way to be in the likeness of a merciful God.

A daily practice: Learning to live and to give without return.

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