Dear Friends of Mother Marie-Leonie,

The holidays are quickly approaching. The 2017 Advent theme is "dare to believe and dare to encounter." It invites us to believe and to encounter God present in our daily lives. Through our experience of life, we have had a lot of evidence of this. Can we believe more?

Some of the people we meet and many events that happen to us sometimes lead us to believe that God is not incarnate in our history.

How can we dare to believe?

Are our prayers and our thoughts profound enough to help us live with the assurance that God is at work regardless of appearances? This certainty of faith conserves joy within each one of us.

The animation through the parables given by Jesus continues for He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. May Mother Marie-Leonie show us by her joy how to move forward together on the paths of the Gospel.

May the Holy Family and Blessed Marie-Leonie maintain in us the joy of believing and may the mystery of Christmas, God with us, be a source of courage, strength, and love on a daily basis. Happy New Year 2018!

Rachel Lemieux pssf

Parable of the good Samaritan
Lk 10, 30-37

Jesus said: “There was a man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho who fell prey to robbers. They stripped him, beat him, and then went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road; he saw him but continued on. Likewise there was a Levite who came the same way; he saw him and went on. But a Samaritan who was journeying along came on him and was moved to pity at the sight. He approached him and dressed his wounds, pouring in oil and wine. He then hoisted him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, where he cared for him. The next day he took out two silver pieces and gave them to the inn-keeper with the request: ‘Look after him, and if there is any further expense, I will repay you on my way back.’ “Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the man who fell in with the robbers?” The answer came, “The one who treated him with compassion.”
A Mother who was “All heart”: Pages, 255-256, 297, 320
Mother Leonie loved her Sisters to the point of tenderness. She was close to the human families of her sisters. Her love, in this case, expressed itself in prayer, visits, compassion and sharing. She had adopted her sisters’ parents.
The little ones, the poor and the sick were not the only ones to benefit from her generous heart. Many religious communities were also the object of her radiant charity. Here’s an example: The Little Sisters of the Holy Family had just recently come to Sherbrooke in 1895 when the Adorers of the Precious Blood arrived from Saint-Hyacinthe. It was Mother Léonie and her Daughters who served them their first meals in Sherbrooke. The list is long of those who experienced Mother Marie-Léonie’s compassion.

Each one of us received from God a good, generous and charitable heart. As it was for the good Samaritan and Mother Marie-Leonie, many people around us are in need: the immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly. Often, we do not need to go far to find them because we live under the same roof. A heart to comfort, a helping hand during an ordeal, a service discreetly rendered, an encouragement or simply a smile given. We have many opportunities to be a good Samaritan.

For me who is my neighbor and what are his or her needs?


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