FRIENDS OF MOTHER MARIE-LEONIE June 2018


Parable of the persistent widow

Lk 18, 1-8

Then Jesus told them a parable on the necessity of praying always and not losing heart: “Once there was a judge in a certain city who respected neither God nor man. A widow in that city kept coming to him saying, ‘Give me my rights against my opponent.’ For a time he refused, but finally he thought, ‘I care little for God or man, but this widow is wearing me out. I am going to settle in her favor or she will end by doing me violence.’ ” The Lord said, “Listen to what the corrupt judge has to say. Will not God then do justice to his chosen who call out to him day and night? Will he delay long over them, do you suppose? I tell you, he will give them swift justice. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on the earth?”

Reflection:
God always hears our prayers, our requests, and even our desires. He is always with us and knows what we need. He answers at the specific time he sees that it is favorable for us. Prayer pacifies us and helps us to hopefully await the action of God when we are suffering and going through difficult times. Hope gives us strength and courage to persevere in all situations and this expectation transforms us and allows us to serenely accept the things we cannot change. Trust in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, he never abandons us.

A Mother who was “All Heart”: Pages 12, 123-124
Elodie was a devout little girl and her mother developed this quality in her child. She would often ask for her prayers: “You know your Hail Mary, Elodie; go and talk to the Blessed Virgin for mama.”

The faith of Mother Leonie colored her whole existence: her work, her correspondence, her advice, her conversations, her undertakings… but it was especially perceptible in her exterior serenity and in the intensity of her prayer life.

Her prayer was not complicated: her ways of expressing it drew largely from the spiritual heritage of the Congregation of Holy Cross, as well as from the popular devotions of her time.

Yet, though simple, her prayer was nevertheless rich and profound. Mother Leonie prayed with great fervor and deep perseverance.

Those who had the chance to see her in prayer in the chapel, kneeling, with her hands joined, filled with fervor, were profoundly moved and awed by the sight. It was said that she looked more like an angel than like a human being, as “she seemed so unearthly.” Her deep recollection, her respectful countenance, everything let me to believe she must have been constantly in the presence of God. A sister attested the following: “I used to love watching her in prayer in the chapel; it was as though she really saw Our Lord.”

In my prayer do I meet Someone who loves me? How do I see God? Do I often say in my prayer: Your loving will be done?


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