Join us reflecting on the words of St. Marie Eugenie [7th June 1886] as we celebrate Pentecost
She prayed for herself, but she prayed even more for us. At the foot of the cross she became mother of all people, she asked that they might be enriched with the immense treasure that is the fullness of the Holy Ghost.
I have said that the Holy Spirit inebriates us. I must add that he strengthens us. Look at the Apostles, so timid and frightened that they abandoned their master, denied him at the word of a servant. But after Pentecost Sunday they are strong! They go before the magistrates and are not afraid to say: ‘Judge for yourselves, whether it would be right for us in the sight of God to listen to your voice instead of God’s.’ [Acts 4:19] They divide the world up among themselves, they face all dangers, and die martyrs confessing their allegiance to Christ Our Lord.
Finally, the Holy Spirit raises us up, lifts our souls to higher things. Consult your own experience. How easy it is to pray when one is carried on the wings of the Holy Spirit! Have you not felt on certain blessed days that He carried you upwards and that by him your soul was able to raise higher and higher? To rise is truly in keeping with the spirit of the Assumption, and by the light and love from above, by the warmth and strength of the Holy Spirit, we can rise aloft in spite of all our weakness. During this Easter-tide, we have heard St. Paul say, “Rise, then, with Christ, you must lift your thoughts above, where Christ now sits at the right hand of God. You must be heavenly minded, not earthly minded.” [Colossians 3:1-2] Christ has risen, and we have sung the heavenly cry of joy, “Alleluia!” We must let ourselves be lifted up and we must offer to God the Holy Spirit Our Lady’s prayer that she said in the cenacle for herself, and still more for us. For the Apostles she obtained the grace of being no longer of the earth, earthly. We must beg for that same grace for ourselves, and not let this season pass without producing its fruits in us.
On Saturday 4th May Sr Marie Asterie celebrated her Golden Jubilee of religious life; 50 years of God's fidelity to her and hers to Him.
180 years ago St Marie Eugenie and the first sisters began the first community of Religious of the Assumption
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