Qualities of Blessed Mother Marie-Leonie


In an explosion of love, God created the heavens and the earth in order to achieve his desire to create beings in his image. His action plan continuously commits him to maintain his creation and as if that were not enough, he created men and women free in order to make them more like him.

Jesus is the perfect image of his Father. Understanding that humans could not comprehend the Father’s immense love for each human being, he became incarnate in order to reveal him, by giving his life to save us. He accepted humiliations and sufferings because he knew that only in that way would people understand his great love for humanity. He was willing to do anything so that we would discover this tireless search of the Father, his children’s love.

Just like Jesus, we want to dedicate ourselves, to forget our own personal interests, our selfishness, to resemble Christ. To love is to be dedicated, to forget oneself in order to make others happy. In dedication there is much generosity and self-giving, dictated by a heart filled with kindness and caring that wants to better relieve misery and serve others. When our heart seeks the good of our brothers and sisters, we are ready to give up our personal tastes and habits.
He who welcomes you welcomes me, and he who welcomes me welcomes him who sent me. Mt 10, 40

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me. Mt 25, 35-36

Whoever welcomes a child such as this for my sake welcomes me. And whoever welcomes me welcomes, not me, but him who sent me. Mk 9, 37
I know your deeds – your love and faith and service – as well as your patient endurance; I know also that your efforts of recent times are greater than ever. Rv 2, 19

Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being. Do it for the Lord rather than for men. Col 3, 23
They went to the temple area together every day, while in their homes they broke bread. With exultant and sincere hearts they took their meals in common. Acts 2, 46

Extracts from the book: “A mother who was all heart” by Gilles Mathieu
She was a well adjusted woman, simple, honest, and straightforward, at ease with everyone and putting everyone at ease. Page 202
Father Lejeune, who was her adviser for a long time, wrote: “Self-forgetfulness and self-giving, devotedness to the extent of the most superhuman abnegation inspired and accompanied her to her last breath.” Page 239

Her right hand had no knowledge of what her left hand was giving, for she did everything with such simplicity, kindness and candor. Mother Leonie was full of fraternal caring, not only in words, but also in action and in truth. Page 239

Remember her act of sharing at the time when she was preparing for her first communion. At a very early age she was already concerned about others. She could see their needs and shared what little she had. All her life, she had that sense of others. Page 239
The young Acadian women who longed for the religious life but had been refused admittance to the teaching or nursing communities of the Maritimes also experienced her generosity, her acceptance and her understanding. Page 241

She had such a motherly way of welcoming us and her holiness was so radiant that her whole being naturally commanded respect. Always patient and charitable, she spread radiated peace and confidence, which quite naturally took on the character of veneration. Doing good unto others was to her a real pleasure. She was able to listen with empathy, to put things gently in perspective, to heal wounds with a smile, and even, at times, to give a little present. Pages 297-298
To the new arrivals, those young women who entered her Institute, Mother Leonie was a “Mother” by the way she welcomed them, by her kindness and understanding, as well as by her tolerance and unlimited tenderness. Page 298

Extracts from the book: “The pathways of the Gospel” by Jacques Gauthier
Gentleness is born of humility; it gives the whole exterior a delightful charm. It inspires trust and affection when it is accompanied by the gentlest warmth. It controls an impetuous character, and allows us to bear insults with patience; it corrects haughtiness and self-sufficiency. Page 128

Extracts from: Each day with Marie-Leonie Paradis
“Never forget that God, who grants you spiritual help in abundance, also asks from you abundance in your devotion and generosity in his service.” No 21

“My dear children, be devoted to your religious family, to your Sisters: always be ready to be helpful to others.” No 51
“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
“The love of God, true, sincere, strong and generous cannot be separated from the love of neighbor; it is like its necessary consequence, its total fulfillment.” No 69
“My dear children, I like to believe that you will all dedicate yourselves to your work with courage, with the strongest dedication; so that in everything and everywhere you will be interested in what you will be doing.” No 160
“You know what dedication means and how I would desire to see our little Sisters benefit from the living lessons you give them so well; it is enough to look at you in action to be moved to work in the service of God.” No 159


What are the values that stimulate my dedication and makes it last over time?


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