Parable of the straying sheperd
Mt 18: 12-14

What is your thought on this: A man owns a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away; will he not leave the ninety-nine out on the hills and go in search of the stray? If he succeeds in finding it, believe me he is happier about this one than about the ninety-nine that did not wander away. Just so, it is no part of your heavenly Father’s plan that a single one of these little ones shall ever come to grief.

God’s infinite and merciful love is unlimited. He feels a love so great for his children that he will always await the sinner with perseverance. God takes care of his children and even if one wanders, he respects the freedom that he gave him while always remaining present near him to receive him as soon as he returns.

Thus, Christ loves every person intimately and doesn't want to lose any. He gave his life to save humanity and to renew its relationship with its Creator.

A Mother who was “All heart”: Pages 274-276
She loved sinners, she loved souls in need. Mother Leonie was an apostle and a missionary. When it was a matter of saving a soul, she was untiring. She prayed and got others to pray a great deal for the conversion of sinners. And she made and had others make many sacrifices for their conversion.
In addition to the liturgical season of Lent, Mother Leonie observed every year a private Lent of her own to obtain the conversion of her brother. And she succeeded!
She had a tremendous love of souls. She would say: “There are so many souls falling into hell for eternity. If through our prayers and sacrifices we could prevent souls from falling there, we would console the heart of Jesus.” She wished not a single soul would be lost. When she heard of the disaster of the Titanic in 1911, with 1,500 people on board, the Servant of God turned pale, joined her hands and said: “My God, are all those souls ready to appear before God?”
When she would hear of war going on in a country, even far away, she would have us pray, she would organize processions after the evening meal and ask those able to fast to do so. She would say: “There are so many souls to save during wars.”

Mother Leonie was an Apostle. In her years in Memramcook, Mother Leonie took an intense interest in a prisoner who was reluctant to being converted. She prayed and had others pray for him, and thus obtained a marvelous conversion. The most heroic and most apostolic act of charity of the Servant of God was that she succeeded, through many sacrifices, in saving the honor, the vocation, and thereby, the soul of Sister Marie-de-la-Rédemption, who died a religious of Holy Cross in Memramcook. She also converted Mrs. Roussille, who at the end of her life signed her letters: “The poor blind woman of Jesus.”


How do I take the first steps in facilitating reconciliation and forgiveness? How do I reach people in need, with respect?


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