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.