n prayer, we have waited for God’s hour. Today, we are witnesses of this divine grace, of the miracle fervently requested and long hoped for in faith and trust.
A new time is beginning for our religious family. A time when we know, more than ever before, that the Lord Jesus is in us and among us. He is waiting for us to be his living presence in our world, to make him known and loved, according to the ardent desire of our Saint Mother Marie Rivier.
Marie Rivier, also, continues to walk with us and among us on our pathways. Let us dare to bear witness to her presence, her apostolate, her life, her deep love for Jesus Christ.
She always watches over her family of the Presentation. Let us fervently ask her for many vocations to live our call and continue the mission that the Church entrusts to us through her still today.
She whom Pius IX called the Woman-Apostle, constantly invites us to be living temples for the Lord where He can be adored in spirit and in truth, to be burning with zeal to make Jesus Christ known and loved, to speak of God and His love.
Marie Rivier places us in the hands of the Virgin Mary, our Mother and Guardian. I hope that the time that separates us from the day of her canonization will be for all of us a time of grace, a time of new enthusiasm, a time when we will truly be ONE in prayer, offering, in the service of the glory of God for the good of all.
In this moment of great joy, let us be the presence of Jesus Christ, according to the great desire of Marie Rivier. Let us move forward in the will of God, in trusting surrender to all that the Lord expects of us. Let us be led by the Holy Spirit, happy to be daughters of our Saint Marie Rivier.
Let us move forward on the pathways of the world, let us burn with ardor and audacity. Let us dare to bear witness to the presence of the Living God, let us dare to be Marie Rivier in our world today.
Enriched by the extraordinary gift of her canonization, let us walk in the light of our Saint Mother Rivier and bear witness to the miraculous strength of a great weakness.
More than ever, may our lives as consecrated women be a luminous witness to the radicality and beauty of the Gospel of joy.
With the Virgin Mary, let us sing our joy: The Mighty One has done wonders for us; Holy is his name! His mercy extends from age to age to those who fear him Lk 1:49-50
Sister Maria dos Anjos Alves, p.m.
Castel Gandolfo, December 13, 2021
2020 - 21 November - 2021
YEAR OF THANKSGIVING
TOWARDS 225 YEARS OF FOUNDATION
An event to be lived and celebrated together, in thanksgiving and in faith. Date to be celebrated with a heart filled with gratitude, love, and fidelity in order to rekindle joy and hope.
An event that commits us to the future, one that awakens in us
the desire for a profound spiritual renewal in our personal and community life, a call to live our vocation and mission to the Presentation of Mary with new enthusiasm.
Thanksgiving, praise, blessing, are expressions that spring from a good heart, a pure heart, a heart that adores the Triune God, the God who is LOVE. The human heart is created to love, to praise, to bless!
The person who knows how to praise, give thanks and bless is able to go out of herself, in order to reach out to others, to her sister and brother, to God.
Thanksgiving in the biblical sense
Jesus Christ gives thanks to the Father
Thanksgiving in the community of the disciples
To live the divine life, to enter into this river of praise and blessing, is to live happiness every day of our lives.
The Virgin Mary offers us her Magnificat. She gives us the audacity to welcome the joy that comes from the Lord. My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
Thanksgiving in the House of the Presentation
"Fiat in everything, my daughter. Let us be attentive only to the spirit of God and let us desire only His greater glory in all things. My only desire is to
sacrifice myself for this" (Letter, February 14, 1818).
Thank God for the sorrows, crosses and contradictions he sends you… we see a miracle of continual Providence…
Today, we also are called to look back on the history of 225 years since our foundation and to sing a new song for the wonders the Lord has done for us, in us and through us. It is good to give thanks!
Sisters of the Presentation of Mary,
let us enter into this movement of praise, thanksgiving,
blessing and gratitude to God,
Father of tenderness and mercy.
Mother Maria dos Anjos Alves, pm
We look at our sister, our brother, with a heart that comes from a positive perspective, one that is free from prejudices and divisions. Words, gestures, smiles, our way of being, seem more spontaneous, more credible. What has happened? Something is changing! We are learning the fidelity of small gestures, of little things… miracles are happening!
Let us allow Jesus to come into our lives, into our homes and everything will be renewed. Our God is the God of newness and hope. A new humanity is emerging.
Let us return to what is essential, let us be builders of a new culture, the civilization of love. Let us be a part of this movement of renewal!
Brothers, what must we do? (Acts 2: 37). You must be born from above (Jn 3: 7).
Men and women of science, researchers, doctors, economists, thinkers, politicians, philosophers and theologians, anonymous men and women are seeking new models of life in society, new ways for a new humanity, creating a new culture.
And we, consecrated women, women of prayer, women of faith, what is our contribution to the improvement of our relationships and our life together? We have the sense that something needs to change in our lives.
My sisters, what must we do?
What contribution can we make to the construction of a world
that is emerging and wants to be different?
May each one ask herself, before the mercy of the Father, in the sincerity of her heart, what can I do?
Marie Rivier, open to the breath of the Spirit, attentive to the signs of the times, knew how to respond with determination, audacity and creativity to the urgent needs of her time.
God's love is greater than anything else. Let us be sensitive to its manifestations and let us raise our prayers to heaven for the world, for the Church, for the Congregation, for our families, for all those who suffer.
In communion with my Counsellors, I invite you all to bear witness to the joy and hope that flow from Easter. The greatest strength in the world is that of Faith, Hope and Charity.