Sisters words

Be positive in today's society, it is possible !

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"Sisters words for today"




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Be positive today? It's possible !

Peter Fourier

Apostle of Jesus Christ

Harm no-one, be useful to all

Peter Fourier teaches us his spirit, his way to live the Gospel, his outlook on other people and on the world. This outlook remains relevant today :
- he has a clear view of his times, of social injustice, of the abuses of the Church in his day.
- he looks with compassion on children, women, the poor, the outcast.


This is where his initiatives come from, his work for the fair distribution of goods and respect for rights. Also his passion for education: he teaches us to look on children in a way that will help them grow: with affection, respect, understanding, realism, broad-mindedness, and in the Gospel spirit of joy, simplicity and charity.

Saint Augustine :

a life in search of truth

Keep walking on the way !


With his fervent desire to know himself and understand the purpose of his life, Augustine is very much like other human beings, of the 21st century or any century, asking questions about happiness, evil, good, love …
His life was a quest for Truth together with his close friends and in his study of the philosophers. Some of these put him on the path of Wisdom, but still he was dissatisfied. A natural orator, he also pursued “the phantasm of glory”. He experienced the many diversions of false pleasures, metaphysical, intellectual and carnal, and unsatisfactory encounters with the Bible, astrology, sects …

On several occasions he was “touched” by God. But he was still torn. And then one day, there was the blinding flash of light, when he understood that the two processes of “knowing the self” and “knowing others” define each other in a Love freely given, making of Augustine a “participant” in God.

He became the greatest champion of the God of Love, Creator and Saviour, of the “Inner Master” who taught him humility and mercy, of the person as the “image of God”. A pastor with a “heart of fire”, he drew all his people to join him in tasting the Word of God, the Spirit of God, the Church as communion.

“To be free”, he said, “is to love”, bringing together God and neighbour in one love. This is at the heart of the Rule which he wrote, modelled on the lives of the Apostles with Jesus and on their participation in his mission. It is this Rule which inspires our Congregation: “Live together in unity, with one mind and one heart turned to God …”. “To each according to his needs” and “The common good before personal interests”: these typically Augustinian priorities are an inspiration to our world of today.



Love and you will run

Let us love each other, be parched with the same thirst, and together we will run to the source










Founders

Pierre Fourier, Alix Le Clerc...

…two great spiritual leaders, grasped and awoken by God to the true situation of their times!

 

Although they seemed to have lived very different lives, their experience of God was expressed in the same intuition, a very vivid awareness of the realism of the Incarnation. Through their intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ they learned how to look on man as God does.


Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a constant presence for them. She gave the child to Alix. At Cana she prepared the arrival of the Word and the revelation of his Glory.

Both founders wished the Congregation of Our Lady to live by the Rule of St Augustine, where the emphasis is placed on freedom through charity and on the inner states of desire and humility. These make the heart grow and become manifest in the way we approach others, creating a “space for God”, in St Augustine’s own words.



Since 1597, many more “new houses for doing all possible good” have been established. The Congregation of Our Lady, founded on Christmas Day 1597 in Lorraine, is now active in 12 countries.

 

France

Congregation of Our Lady in France.

In the footsteps of Saint Pierre Fourier


The festive season

The festive season is a favourable time
to take a step back
and look to the future with confidence and humility.

We accomplish in our lifetime
but a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise
that is God’s work for mankind…

… We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development
by other labourers.
We provide yeast that produces results
far beyond our capabilities…

… That which we sow, begin or build
becomes our present and future
We are ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own
and yet this future depends on our work and our efforts…

Mgr. Oscar Romero




“Looking for meaning”

We are all “looking for meaning” in this busy and topsy-turvy world of ours… How do we discover or rediscover modern values to help us live and grow?
We are a group of religious and lay persons and we invite you to come and share your questions with us, your research, experiences and coping strategies.

Interested? Please apply, preferably by 23 January 2017, by emailing or phoning Sr Ghislaine (see invitation flier).

And extend the invitation to those around you.




Newsflash flash from St Etienne

Newsflash from St Etienne, France: "Around 200 people gathered around our two Sisters Marie Patrick and Marie Martine, to celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving for 75 years of the Congregation’s presence in the town and Diocese. They made up a wonderful congregation which included former pupils, teachers, friends old and new, parishioners, religious of the local area and Sisters of Our Lady.

The reasons for giving thanks were many: in 1941, the war drove the Sisters from Alsace “into exile” in St Etienne. They continued to follow their educational mission and founded the School “Notre-Dame d’Espérance” (Our Lady of Hope), which still operates in the area. They also provided catechesis, chaplaincy work, support for children in need ….
Fr Louis Tronchon, an “old” friend of the Congregation, gave the homily on the Gospel account of the Visitation, and pointed out that all the Sisters’ work over 75 years had been but one great “ visitation” into the world of teaching, of educating “the poor as well as the rich”, of providing pastoral care for young people and adults.
“The joy of visitations,
the joy of coming together,
the joy of achieving goals…”




Laudato Si

Many thanks to Sr Myriam Péan for this précis of a presentation on Laudato si by Fr Dominique Lang, Assumptionist, on 27 April 2016.
Introduction
Ecology presents us with a number of contradictions and inconsistencies with the Gospel. Ecologists believe that we must save the planet, change our ways, unite and come together. And yet these are Christian terms being employed by people who, on the whole, are unbelievers! They challenge us on our theology of Creation. We have misinterpreted Genesis 1. This world was created by Love. Every creature has its place. So you cannot touch this world, this will of God. This creature is a living thing, it embodies the same mystery of life as I do. We are part of the “common home”.
Creating means to let live, to rest from the task just accomplished. On the seventh day, God said: “I have done all I can, over to you now!”. The Church’s social doctrine is not set in stone. It has to be reviewed in the light of every scientific discovery, every social change. Ecological awareness began to grow with Paul VI (1971), followed by John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Francis said: “We have taken stock, now we must act!”

Encyclical of 18 June 2015
Why was it published then? Francis came to re-open gates. He thinks in terms of processes. What then is my responsibility? I must preserve creation in order to give thanks to God, praise him through nature within us (cf the Psalms: “Springs of water, bless the Lord... “).

List of processes :
1st stage : Look in wonder : the beauty of the dignity of creation: it’s incredible, I exist!
2nd stage : See clearly. Some very impressive observations. Get out into the field, listen to what people have to say. Everywhere you will hear them say “We have problems with air pollution, water pollution, social inequality, urbanisation, etc…” This is where you must get to work..
3rd stage : Ne travaillez pas seul mais avec le Créateur. Si vous le lâchez, vous êtes perdus !
4th stage : There is one driving force behind all the causes of pollution: the techno-economic paradigm. This model helped us out of two world wars and through the next three decades. But we failed to apply the brakes, and the momentum now gathered behind these systems is destroying everything! If we want to proclaim faith, we must denounce all that is destructive, all that is monstrous. How should I use my money? I must face up to “the Beast” and learn to live differently
5th stage : An integral ecology, because everything is closely inter-related!
Respect relationships, between persons, nations, continents. (The worst affected countries are the poorest).
Respect cultural assets. Allow every culture to flourish.
6th stage : We must have the humility to dialogue with non-Christians, with the world. (The whole of the first part of the encyclical is addressed to all people of good will.)

Conclusion
“Do not be satisfied simply with good ideas. Enter this place of Mercy. If you allow yourselves to be moved, you open up something inside you and begin to act. Conversion then becomes possible within you”. (cf the very last chapter).



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