Tuesday April 30

Today, at the end of this month of prayer and reflection on the theme of the Encounter with the Resurrected One, I invite you to pray, to meditate this prayer of Jean Grou. 

Blessed are you, O Risen Christ
Blessed are you, Lord Jesus
because you make us missionaries of your love.
You gather us in one body
so that we may take action in this world
in order to transform it
and to bring it every day
a little closer to your Kingdom 

Blessed are you, O Risen Christ
you give us your bread,
food for eternal life.
It gives us the strength and the audacity
to continue on your way
and to cultivate the seeds of the Gospel
buried in our humanity 

Blessed are you, Son of the Living God,
for you promise us your Spirit,
to make of us your witnesses
to the very ends of the Earth
Keep us in your love,
guide us to your Father,
today and for ever and ever.
Amen

 Sr. Claudette Casavant

 

Monday April 29

“Whom shall I send? Here I am! Send me! Is 6: 8 

Sending forth on mission 

Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.  The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  John 20: 19 – 21 

In Jesus Christ, we have known the love of God and we have believed in it.  Charity impels us to reveal to those who question us the reason for the hope that dwells within us. (C 99)  Our apostolate commands us from within (C 101), from this encounter with the One who is “alive, present, acting, transforming, divinizing” our lives every day. 

Invitation :  I give thanks for the many encounters I have had with Jesus that have been for me a “sending forth” where with Peter and John I have been able to proclaim: “We cannot be silent about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20

 Sr. Claudette Casavant

 

Sunday, April 28 An encounter with the Risen Jesus

Yes, He is truly risen!
If He is indeed risen, that means that He is
“living, present, at work transforming and divinising1
our daily lives.
Let us open our eyes!
Let us open our hearts! 
Let us welcome with joy the presence of the Risen Jesus!
With Mary of Magdala, with Thomas, with the disciples
let us live a true encounter with Him,
an encounter that will transform and renew EVERYTHING! 

1. François Varillon, Joie de croire, joie de vivre 

Our Rule of Life tells us: 

At the origin of every religious vocation,
there is a perception of the transcendence of God
and of the absolute exigency of his love
made known in Jesus Christ. C 113 

This is thesource moment, l’instant source
the encounter which attracted us to Jesus. 

Why should I have this joy of having been so profoundly seduced by Jesus Christ that I chose to follow him by opting for religious life at the Presentation of Mary?  The call to religious life is a gratuitous call engraved in us on the day of our baptism when, called by our name, we became children of the Father.  This call deepened over the years, up until the day when we were able to give a free and complete response: “Yes, I choose you, Jesus, you have seduced me and I have let myself be seduced.” (Jr 20, 7)

 Mother Angèle Dion, Why should I have this joy? Dec 2012

Invitation:  Today, I recall this encounter that placed in my heart the seed of the desire to belong to Him.  I give thanks to the Lord since He is indeed the One who initiated the call and who inspired my response.   C 113

Sr. Claudette Casavant

 

Saturday April 27

“Feed my sheep.”  John 21: 17 

Meditation 

« Lord, you give Peter your total trust once more.  You ask him to care for your sheep; to become a shepherd, ready to give his life as you have.  To become a leader, you don’t ask him to have diplomas, to know how to manage, but only to love.  If love gives wings, it also gives the science of leading everyone to holiness, and to accept to follow you according to your ways.  You will lead everyone where you want them to go, to their destiny.  And because of love, they follow.” L’Évangile en prière, Père Mansour Labaky, p.874 

Marie Rivier speaks to her daughters of the consequences of saying YES to love:  “Jesus tells each one of us: “My child, do you love me?  If you love me feed my lambs!”, that is, teach my children, watch lovingly on their innocence, correct them, support them with charity, love them as I love them, and as I love you, yourself;  take my place among them; imitate me, so that you become a model for them, and lead them faithfully in the way of my commandments.”  Marie Rivier, La vie de Jésus Christ, Tome trois p. 137 

Sr. Claudette Casavant

 

Friday April 26 THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE ENCOUNTER

The responsibility of love 

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”* He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”  John 21: 14 – 17 

Reflection question: For me, what are the consequences of a YES to love? 

Sr. Claudette Casavant