Mother Marie-Leonie’s Credo

.. .the third day, he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father almighty. He will come to judge the living and the dead.
Jesus in the Tabernacle

Jn 20, 11-21
Meanwhile, Mary stood weeping beside the tomb. Even as she wept, she stooped to peer inside, and there she saw two angels in dazzling robes. One was seated at the head and the other at the foot of the place where Jesus’ body had lain. “Woman,” they asked her, “why are you weeping?” She answered them, “Because the Lord has been taken away, and I do not know where they have put him.” She had no sooner said this than she turned around and caught sight of Jesus standing there. But she did not know him. “Woman,” he asked her, “why are you weeping? Who is it you are looking for?” She supposed he was the gardener, so she said, “Sir, if you are the one who carried him off, tell me where you have laid him and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned to him and said in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” meaning “Teacher” Jesus then said: “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Rather, go to my brothers and tell them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God!” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples. “I have seen the Lord!” she announced. Then she reported what he had said to her.
On the evening of that first day of the week, even though the disciples had locked the doors of the place where they were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood before them. “Peace be with you,” he said. When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. At the sight of the Lord the disciples rejoiced. “Peace be with you,” he said again. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

From the book: A Mother who was “All heart”: Pages 151-153
From her love for the Passion of Jesus and for the Mass, quite naturally came her love for the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus was, to Mother Leonie, the Lord of the paschal mystery, who died on the cross out of love for us, but also the One whom the Father rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. Her Jesus was a Living Jesus. It was this Living Jesus that she received in communion and the same Living Jesus in the Tabernacle that she felt the need to visit time and time again, even at night!

Therefore, the host of the tabernacle always had a special place in her spiritual life. From the time of her childhood, Mother Leonie felt this attraction to the presence of Jesus in the tabernacle. At noontime, she would spend her lunch hour before the tabernacle.
Mother Leonie had a very great devotion to the real Presence of Jesus in the tabernacle. She spent hours before the Blessed Sacrament. She loved to kneel before the tabernacle to pour her heart into that of the divine Prisoner. To adore Jesus was, then, for Mother Leonie a privilege, one of the greatest, for this was the moment of her solemn audience with the great King of her heart. Hence the importance of preparing for it the best she could.

I reserve moments of worship near Jesus in the tabernacle which will become a source of comfort, joy and support. Confiding myself to him and living in his presence will give me a peaceful life despite its difficulties. These prayer times cause in me hope, confidence and abandonment.

How can I take time in the presence of Jesus Eucharist in order to see him in my life, in the people who surround me, and in events?

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