TIME FOR PRAYER
WITH THE FOUNDER AND THE CO-FOUNDRESS IF THE DAUGHTERS OF WISDOM
Daughters of Wisdom and Friends of Wisdom of Ravenna, Italy
As in the past, the community of the Daughters of Wisdom celebrated the month of Mary with the feast of St. Louis Marie of Montfort and of Blessed Marie Louise of Jesus (Founder and Co-Foundress). This year we gave special emphasis on May 2, 3, 4, highlighting the Tercentenary of the death of the Saint and on the 7th, the Birthday of Blessed Marie Louise. This occurred in Ravenna, Italy, San Rocco parish, in May 2016.
Saint Louis Marie consecrated his entire life seeking Divine Wisdom and at the service of the poor. It is in that context that he wrote different works: Treaties, Canticles, Rules for different groups…etc. His most famous work is “True Devotion to Mary” that John Paul II loved so much.
Our prayer for the two commemorations was inspired by the theme proposed by our General Council:
“Let us be transformed by the gentleness, compassion, hospitality of Christ Wisdom.”
This theme is related to the experience of Montfort and Marie Louise in their abnegation and unconditional dedication to the poor.
For the first time, the Friends of Wisdom (Canada) developed a reflection/prayer on this theme.
Our small team of Sisters and several lay persons met in a climate of serene spirituality, of committed participation and mutual enrichment. We adapted the text to our reality, the Month of Mary at the parish.
The prayer took place with an active participation of a diversity of committed people in an atmosphere of great devotion and profound recollection. The way the meetings were organized was greatly appreciated and enabled an intense and transforming prayer.
The diversity of texts (songs, reflections, prayers, decades of Hail Mary), and readers spread among us the joy of praying together and of sharing our aspirations to goodness, humility and mercy.
The group asked the Sisters to sing Hymn 124 composed by Montfort: “O Wisdom come, a poor soul begs you” to highlight what is specific to our origins.
The Saints that we celebrated shared the following traits in their death:
Same hour, same day, same month, same place: Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, France!
This is surprising but we are assured that, in the context, the events are not due to chance. They are not coincidence. They arouse in us an important interrogation on the Mystery.
May Montfort and Marie Louise bless us and help us to grow in Christ’s attitudes of gentleness and compassion.