January 31, 2014

May the God of holiness be with us.  To opt for God’s will is to choose holiness.  To be a saint is to open ourselves to the flow of tenderness contained in God, to yield to his infinite mercy, accepting to be consumed by his purifying and transforming love in the small things of ordinary life.  Then our holiness is our human weakness drowned in divine mercy. (Text inspired by Jacques Gauthier: Dix attitudes intérieures: la spiritualité deThérèse de Lisieux, p.87.)

Word of God: “May the Lord be generous in increasing your love and make you love one another and the whole human race as much as we love you.  And may he so confirm your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless in the sight of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus Christ comes with all his saints.”  1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

Words of Marie Rivier: “Therefore continue and make great progress in yielding to the will of God; your holiness is to be found there.” Letter from Marie Rivier, January 1, 1835

“All for God, study Jesus Christ and follow his examples; this is the sure way of arriving at holiness.”  Letter from Marie Rivier, March 20, 1817

Yes, today, may we be filled with the blessing of holiness!

Sr. Claudette Casavant

 

January 30, 2014

May the God of hope be with us.  In every human being there is an invincible utopian aspect that makes us dream of a better world.  We know that we do not live in the best of worlds. History is full of death, of treachery, of wounds, of war.  Let us take the risk of our future, all the while holding fast to our hope in God, one day at a time.  What we must live today, God gives us the grace to live it without having to worry about tomorrow.  Péguy said that hope is the faith that God loves best… it is love in action.  (Text inspired by Jacques Gauthier: Dix attitudes intérieures: la spiritualité de Thérèse de Lisieux, p.51-52)

Word of God:Let us keep firm in the hope we profess, because the one who made the promise is faithful.”  Hebrews 10 :23

Words of Marie Rivier:  “Let us always live in hope; I seem to have more courage and more desire to do good, and I believe that you feel the same.  I wish you the greatest generosity and love for Jesus Christ,” Letter from Marie Rivier, January 8, 1824

“We are never more secure that when we lean on the cross; it is our unique hope and our treasure for eternity.”   Letter from Marie Rivier, August 20, 1835

Yes, today, may we be filled with the blessing of hope!

Sr. Claudette Casavant

 

January 29, 2014

May the God of reconciliation be with us.  May he make of us a leaven of reconciliation for our world.  If our word is kind and conciliatory, reconciliation will emanate from us, others will feel accepted by us and we will become the mustard seed full of hope and of reconciliation.  (Text inspired by Anselm Grün: Le petit livre des anges, p. 80)

Word of God: “It is all God’s work.  It was God who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the work of handing on this reconciliation.”  2 Corinthians 5:18

Words of Marie Rivier:  “Let us do all in our power to fulfill the task that God has entrusted to us, for ourselves and for others and let us leave the rest to his mercy. Let us be filled with trust and always act by the Spirit of God.” Letter from Marie Rivier, March 10, 1824

Yes, today, may we be filled with the blessing of reconciliation! 

Sr. Claudette Casavant

January 28, 2014

May the God of gentleness be with us.  Let us learn from him this gaze of gentleness that will plunge our lives into the mellow light of autumn,  that will bring all to that is in us, including our failures, dignity and beauty.  Yes, let us go to the school of gentlenessso as to become gentle for many others who have need of it. (Text inspired by Anselm Grün: Le petit livre des anges, p. 85)

Word of God: “May your gentleness be known to all. The Lord is near. » Philippians 4:5

Words of Marie Rivier: “I so desire that you have the gentleness and the humility of the heart of Jesus Christ.” Letter from Marie Rivier, before Pentecost 1827

Yes, today, may we be filled with the blessing of gentleness! 

 

Sr. Claudette Casavant

 

January 27, 2014

May the God of healing be with us.  May he tell us: We are OK simply as we are; we are whole and intact.  If we are wounded, we will learn that even our wounds can be transformed to become sources of life and of blessing for us and for others. (Text inspired by Anselm Grün: The little book of angels, p. 84)

Word of God:The disciples left and went from village to village proclaiming the Good News and healing everywhere.”   Luke 9:6

Words of Marie Rivier: “The urge to heal my daughters, to have them work well and for a long time on earth, will make me work with ardor at my holiness so as to obtain the healing of the soul and the body when they will have need of it.  There are moments when I desire the gift of miracles!”  Letter from Marie Rivier, June 28, 1818 

Yes, today, may we be filled with the blessing of healing!

 

 Sr. Claudette Casavant