The Face of Holiness of our Foundress,
Anne Marie Rivier

AUGUST 2020

Marie Rivier: A Humble Woman

A good act of humility will draw down more blessings….
- Marie Rivier -

We meditate the Word of God

Proverbs 22: 4  The result of humility and fear of the LORD is riches, honor and life.

Luke 9: 48       For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.

Philippians 2: 7-8      Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave… he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.

…and our Rule of Life

C189   Day after day, he writes it in our heart, conforms us to Jesus

            Christ.

D17b   …sources that mark our spirituality invite us to “holy    indifference,” an attitude of openness that renders us capable of preferring the choice of God to our own.

D27a   It (Sacrament of Reconciliation) maintains us in this             humility of heart from which alone praise can burst forth.

Thoughts to live by…

Pope Francis

There is only one way against the spirit of the world: humility.

                                                                     – Tweet 25 February 2020 –

None of us must feel ‘superior’ to anyone. None of us should look down at others from above. The only time we can look at a person in this way is when we are helping them to stand up.                                                        

                                                                        – Address 28 June 2018 –

Fathers of the Desert

Humility itself is a grace, given from above. There are two types of humility, as taught by the holy fathers: to consider oneself as the lowest of all beings and to attribute to God all one’s good deeds. The first is the beginning, the second the end”.                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                – Saint Gregory of Sinai –

Marie Rivier

Be humbler in the future, but don’t worry about the past, because all this doesn’t make us virtuous; let’s just humble ourselves and do better.                                                                                     –  Letter 29 –   

…a prayer

Lord Jesus, when you walked the earth,                                                          your humility obscured your Kingship.                                                              Your meekness confused the arrogant,                                                      hindering them from grasping your purpose,                                                your nobility in attending to the destitute.                                                      Teach me to be inspired by your greatness,                                                      to submit my human nature to humility.                                                      Grant me the natural inclination to never see myself greater than anyone.  Banish all lingering sparks of self-importance that could elevate me greater than you. Let my heart always imitate your humility.

Amen.

… a commitment

Follow Jesus Christ in his humility. - MR –

 

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JULY

Marie Rivier : Lover of the Poor

"How beautiful it would be
if the poor occupied the same place in our hearts
that they have in God's heart,"

- Pope Francis, Homily 17 Nov 2019 -

Marie Rivier: Her Love for the Poor

“Your love for the poor pleases me very much, my dear daughter; I hope it will bring you the blessings of the Father of the poor.” (Letter 867)

“I learn with great joy that you are happy and that you love your holy vocation and the education of poor children. These are indeed the ones most cherished by the Heart of God. Therefore, instruct them with zeal, inspire them with great love for our holy religion, make them pious and make them feel that true happiness consists only in a truly Christian and virtuous life.” (Letter 1066)

Let us Meditate the Word of God

2 Cor 8:9         Lk 4:18            Phil 2:5-11

… and our Rule of Life

C 103             C 108               C 176           

D 3d                D 5c

Commentary…

True love is always contemplative, and permits us to serve the other not out of necessity or vanity, but rather because he or she is beautiful above and beyond mere appearances: “The love by which we find the other pleasing leads us to offer him something freely”. The poor person, when loved, “is esteemed as of great value”, and this is what makes the authentic option for the poor differ from any other ideology, from any attempt to exploit the poor for one’s own personal or political interest. Only on the basis of this real and sincere closeness can we properly accompany the poor on their path of liberation. Only this will ensure that “in every Christian community the poor feel at home. Would not this approach be the greatest and most effective presentation of the good news of the kingdom?” Without the preferential option for the poor, “the proclamation of the Gospel, which is itself the prime form of charity, risks being misunderstood or submerged by the ocean of words which daily engulfs us in today’s society of mass communications”. (Apostolic exhortation Evangelii gaudium, Pope Francis, 24 November 2013, n. 199)

… a prayer

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, so that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace. Amen.

(Laudato si’, n. 246)

 

June 2020

Marie Rivier : A Woman of Compassion

It is indeed God who gives you these feelings of compassion, of tenderness for his beloved members, and he will take your good desires into account, since we are powerless to help them.
(Letter 888)

Word of God

Hos 2: 21  I will espouse you in right and in justice, in love and in mercy.

Ps 69: 21 I looked for compassion, the there was none, for comforters, but found none.

Ps 86: 15 But you, Lord, are a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger, most loving and true.

Rule of Life

C 5     … a community of adoration, locus of his presence and of his mercy for all, sign of God’s Kingdom on earth.

C 101   Far from keeping enchained the Word of mercy which we have received from the Father, we announce it boldly.

D 29     He restores and saves us by his gentle mercy.

Commentary

The words of Jesus: “Be merciful as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36) echo the ancient commandment: “Be holy as I, the Lord your God, am holy” (Leviticus 19:2). To describe holiness, Jesus spoke of mercy. Mercy is the purest reflection of God in a human life. “Through mercy towards your neighbour you resemble God” (Basil the Great).  Mercy is the humanity of God. It is also the divine future of man.

Jesus fully reveals to us the God who never stops doing good, who always makes a new beginning possible for those who come to him.  As Brother Roger often said: “God can do nothing but love.” (Taizé)

 

Prayer

“O Jesus, I desire to live in the present moment, to live as if this were the last day of my life, to use every moment carefully for the greater glory of God, to draw from every circumstance a blessing for my soul. To look at everything, considering that nothing happens without the will of God. God of unfathomable mercy, envelop the whole world and pour out your own self upon us through the compassionate Heart of Jesus. »  (Sister Faustine)

Commitment

I make an act of mercy or compassion towards …………………………….

either by a gesture, a word or by prayer.

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May 2020

Marie Rivier: Her love for Our Lady

“Behold your Mother! From that hour the disciple took her into his home.”
- Jn 19:27 -

I received everything through the prayer of the rosary! I have always loved talking to the Blessed Virgin,
quite simply, like a child to its mother.
- Marie Rivier -

Word of God

Lk 2 : 19          Mary, however, kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.

Jn 19: 25-27     Behold your Mother! From that hour the disciple took her into his home.

 Ac 1 : 14          All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Rule of Life

C 11     We are daughters of Mary

C 77     Mary cooperates with Christ and the Church in educating us spiritually

C 99     As on the apostles in the Upper Room, Mary draws upon us the Spirit of fortitude

Commentary

Jesus in his love gave his mother to the disciple, to the Church and to humanity.

Marian devotion has its ultimate reason in the unfathomable will of God, in his plan of love. God loved Mary for himself and loved her for us too. He gave her to himself and he also gave her to us. The gift of Mary belongs to the testament of Jesus and is related to the paschal mystery.

Loving and welcoming Mary into your home is not a private initiative, it is not an ecclesial initiative, it is an initiative of Christ.  The disciples welcome the precious Mother as the heritage of the Master.

“The Blessed Virgin’s role as Mother leads the People of God to turn with filial confidence to her who is ever ready to listen with a mother’s affection and efficacious assistance.” (Pope Paul VI, Marialis Cultus 57) “By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth.” (Lumen Gentium, 62)

... a prayer

Lord, you who left your Mother in our midst

so that she might accompany us,

grant that she might take care of us,

protect us on our journey,

in our hearts, in our faith.

May she make of us disciples, just as she was, and missionaries as she also was.  

                                               –  Pope Francis –

… a commitment

Marie Rivier said: I obtained everything through the prayer of the rosary.  We are daughters of Mary!  In our journey as we prepare for the celebration of the jubilee of our foundation, let us renew our relationship with Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother.

April 2020

Marie Rivier, Woman of JOY!

REJOICE in the Lord always; I shall say it again: REJOICE! Philippians 4 : 4

Live in the JOY of the Lord, in his peace and in his love!
Marie Rivier - Letter 595

Word of God ...

Jn 15 : 11 … so that my JOY might be in you and your JOY might be complete. 

Jn 17 : 13 … so that they may share my JOY completely.

 

Jn 20 : 20 He showed them his hands and his side.  The disciples REJOICED when they saw the Lord.

... Words of Marie Rivier

“Live in God, my dear daughter, and love him with all your heart: I wish you his peace and his JOY.”     Marie Rivier, September 19, 1815 to Sister Marie Régis, Teacher in Largentière, Ardèche,                                                Letter 48

“Live as daughters of the RESURRECTION: think and work only for heaven; seek Jesus Christ crucified.”   Marie Rivier, April 5, 1836 to Sister Marie Adélaïde Director of the Convent of the Presentation at Alais, Gard, Letter 555

 

From our Rule of Life ...

We are called to live this covenant of love that God’s tenderness offers us from moment to moment, in thanksgiving and the ever renewed JOY of Mary’s Magnificat. C49

 

With our hearts fixed on Jesus Christ to think as he thought, act as he acted, love as he loved, day after day, we seek to live the concrete gestures of a generous fidelity even in the smallest details.  By this radical option lived in JOY, we glorify the Father, the Son and the Spirit of holiness. D6c

... From Marie Rivier

“Live in the peace and JOY of the Lord.  Love the Virgin Mary dearly.” Marie Rivier, February 11, 1825 to Sister Marie of the Visitation at the Convent of the Presentation at Salon, Letter 280

 

“Seek only to please Jesus Christ, and take him as a model in all your conduct; you will taste peace and JOY only by imitating Jesus Christ” Marie Rivier, January 23, 1822 to Sister Marie Théotiste, Teacher at Salon, Bouches-du-Rhône, Letter 513 

JOY in the life of Marie Rivier – Mourret

Marinette would RADIATE JOY. “It is today, she would say, that the Blessed Virgin will heal me! I’ll come back alone, I won’t need anyone else.”  Mourret p. 10

On the great day of the Resurrection, HER JOY WOULD BURST FORTH AND WOULD BE PROLONGED during the time she referred to as “the glorious forty days”. “Oh, how I love this time,” she once said to one of her Sisters. “It always seems to me that Our Lord is there appearing to me.” Mourret p. 439

A Prayer...

Risen Jesus,

you invite me to live in your JOY !

Show me how I can do so.

Lead me in your JOY.

 

A Commitment...

From now on,

I choose to LIVE each day IN JOY.

The JOY that is yours will be my strength.

By your grace I want to be a person

who bears witness to the JOY of the Gospel.

 

Read more JOY April 2020 

 

 

MARCH 2020

Marie Rivier, Woman of Faith!

Fight the good fight, that of faith, take hold of eternal life ! 1 Tm 6: 12

Live in faith, my child, it is the life of the righteous, and if you want to become interior, animate all your actions with a holy motive.                                                                                                                          Marie Rivier, Letter 648

 

Let us meditate the Word of God…

Mt 17: 20 If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain: “Move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

Nb 20: 12   The Lord said to Moses and his brother Aaron:  “Because you were not faithful to me in showing forth my sanctity before the Israelites, you shall not lead this community into the land I will give them.”

2 Co 13: 5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in faith.  Test yourselves.

... and our Rule of Life

                             C 12                             

                             C46                       

                             C 50                           

                             C 96

Commentary

Faith without charity bears no fruit, while charity without faith would be a sentiment constantly at the mercy of doubt. Faith and charity each require the other, in such a way that each allows the other to set out along its respective path … It is faith that enables us to recognize Christ and it is his love that impels us to assist him whenever he becomes our neighbour along the journey of life. Supported by faith, let us look with hope at our commitment in the world, as we await “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet 3:13; cf. Rev 21:1). Apostolic letter PORTA FIDEI, Pope Benedict XVI

 

A prayer

Jesus Christ is at the heart of Marie Rivier’s life as he is at the centre of God’s plan for us. C 1 Lord Jesus, support our journey towards the 225th anniversary of the foundation of our Congregation. As we live our faith fully, may we always have the strength to make the profound changes to which the Gospel calls us.

 

A Commitment

Aim for what is best – this will enable us to respond to our vocation according to the heart of God. Dare to ask the question: what motive of faith makes me act?

 

READ MORE FAITH  March 2020

 

FEBRUARY 2020

The face of holiness

Be holy, since I the Lord your God, am holy! Lv 19 :2

May this year be a year of holiness for all, may you not lose a single one of your actions. Therefore, always act in the spirit of faith and for the love of Jesus Christ – Letter 404-8.

I desire that you all renew yourselves and walk with great strides in the ways of holiness. Letter 1034-5

 

Let us meditate the Word of God …

Ps 76 : 14         God, holiness is your pathway !

Is 52 : 10         The Lord has shown us his holy arm ….

Lk 1 : 75          … that we might worship him in holiness and righteousness

...and our Rule of Life

D 16     … to move forward on the path of Gospel holineess

D 37 a)to move forward on the pathway of holiness.

D 70 b) …a way of holiness and happiness …

Commentary...

Being poor of heart: that is holiness! # 70
Reacting with meekness and humility: that is holiness! #74

Knowing how to mourn with others: that is holiness! #76

Hungering and thirsting for righteousness: that is holiness! #79

Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation on Holiness

A Prayer

We ask you:

Make us firm in our faith,

attentive to your will.

Strengthen our hope

so that we can serve and love you,

in Jesus your Son, today and

forever and ever.

Amen.

 

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