International Renewal 2020
With our Lady of Pity,
at the source of our charism!
This week we had the joy of praying, like Marinette, at the foot of the image of the Pietà of Montpezat. That is to say, praying with Marie Rivier asking for healing just as she did. You see, when Marie Rivier (who was called “Marinette”) was not yet two years old, she suffered a fall that made her unable to walk. Marinette’s mother, a woman of faith, would often carry her little cripple to the foot of our Lady of Pity. Seeing her mother’s faith, little Marinette was filled with confidence that the “Lady in the chapel will heal me! ». Every day she asked to be brought to the chapel close to the Pietà and she would say: “Today I will be healed and I will return on my own.” Even if for four years her request seemed to be refused, her trust remained unshakeable. It was during those four years at the foot of the Pietà that Marinette received an inner knowledge and an ardent love for Jesus and his Mother Mary. And when she was healed on September 8, 1774, she began, with all her energy, to keep her promise to the Virgin and to gather little ones and teach them to love Jesus Christ.
We can now reaffirm, with unshakeable confidence, that we are the daughters of Mary, that she is the inspiration and the first Superior of our Congregation. Throughout our history, she is the one who has done everything and she will continue to do her work among us for the glory of God. Like Marie Rivier, let us continue to do everything “through the prayer of the rosary”!