Qualities of Blessed Mother Marie-Leonie

Noble heart

Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. He is great, powerful, magnificently good, faithful and vulnerable because of his great love for humanity placed at the heart of his creation.
By revealing that God most holy is a God of love, Jesus gives to the demand of perfection a new orientation. It is to receive and to spread God’s love.

Without humility and detachment, we cannot follow Jesus who went to the extreme of loving by giving his life. In the garden of Gethsemane, he prays his Father: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass by. Still, let it be as you would have it, not as I.” Mt 26, 39 All are not called to the same conditions of renunciation but those who want to advance in holiness must unselfishly follow this path of love. The disciples of Christ always have to make progress, to grow in love.

“The seed on good ground are those who hear the word in a spirit of openness, retain it, and bear fruit through perseverance.” Lk 8, 15
“Finally, my brothers, your thoughts should be wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous, or worthy of praise.” Phil 4, 8
“The lesson is that if a person will but cleanse himself of evil things he may be a distinguished vessel, dedicated and useful to the master of the house and ready for every noble service.” 2 Tm 2, 21
Extracts from the book: “A mother who was all heart” by Gilles Mathieu

As a young religious among the Marianites of Saint-Laurent, she had a noble and generous heart, an energetic soul capable of anything to accomplish the holy will of God. Page 127
Mother Leonie was always very delicate, reserved and prudent. She was very reserved and modest. We felt the need to watch ourselves in her presence not to offend her great dignity. Page 201
Her charity towards her Sisters was inexhaustible. No one was more of a Mother than she was, if anyone can ever reach that point of attentiveness and nobility of soul. Our dear Mother was so kind! Her generous heart was sensitive to everything, for she knew by experience what it is like to suffer. Page 297
Such was the heart of Mother Leonie: attentive, sensitive and full of infinite kindness. Page 312

Mother Leonie wanted very much for her sisters to live in the utmost simplicity… so as to be more like Jesus and able to share with others around them. Page 200
Mother Leonie’s heart belonged totally to God. Of course, she was tender and motherly towards her daughters, but her love was never egotistic or self-centered. She was chaste in the deepest sense of the word. Our Mother had a limpid soul and was radiant with purity. Page 201
I have the deep conviction that the Servant of God lived the most heroic period of her faithfulness to God at that time. It is our conviction that the pure, painful and indefectible friendship of Sister Leonie saved this wayward companion of hers who had gone astray. This is a masterpiece of charity. Page 288

Extracts from the book: “The pathways of the Gospel” by Jacques Gauthier
Mother Leonie, you already possessed natural gifts such as piety, simplicity, concern about the other, hunger for God and kindness. It seems to me that this kindness of heart is most characteristic of you, along with a spirit of humility. The kindness that is in the depths of our hearts has its source in God, who revealed himself in Jesus. Page 109
We can never go wrong if we have kindness. With good will and above all, God’s help, everything works out. I could never ignore someone in need. It was not enough to speak good words; we also needed kindness in action and truth. I was happy to give it; that was a need that came deep from my heart. Hands for work, hearts for God. Page 110

Extracts from: Each day with Marie-Leonie Paradis
“May the good Jesus grant you his courage and his sweet kindness.” No 131
“My little daughters, God must be loved with a love of friendship; between God and man, there must be loving relations so that we want to be good to one another.” No 325

“Know that one needs a heart to have courage and strength.” No 303
“You know, my little sister, with goodness you can never fail in anything.” No 291

To know also how to preserve one’s contentment can very well be an act of supreme gentleness in the charity with which you welcome someone else.” No 312

“Let us put all our energy in loving God and do everything for his love.” No 270
“What is the attribute for which God seems to show a certain predilection because it precedes his holy name? Good: the good Lord.” No 124
“A tender love for our sweet Jesus, a great devotion at his service.” No 100

“Love each other like Jesus loved us with a pure and sincere love, it is hard work which requires a long and progressive training.” No 92
“Since charity doesn’t look for its interests, behave toward your neighbor with a totally Christian affection, with a sincere devotion and a perfect zeal.” No 65

Reflexion :

How far can my love for God and others bring me?


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