‘’ A cross is planted in my heart…’’
Sr. Louise Madore DW
It is indeed the cross of Pontchâteau that Montfort used as a symbol that was now planted in his heart instead of on the prestigious Calvary where he had dreamed of erecting it!
It is not insignificant that the Montfort family with all their Associates and Friends chose to gather in this place for the closing of the year of the Tercentenary of the death of Father de Montfort.
The great project of the Calvary of Pontchâteau, undertaken by Montfort between 1708 and 1709, after multiple missions of evangelization throughout villages and countryside in the Nantes area, came springing up from two deep dimensions that fed his heart: contemplation and mission.
Is it not the same requirements that guide the heart of his daughters? Montfort had the genius to erect a tall cross at each place where he completed his mission. Then the people, upon raising their eyes and hearts towards this cross raised in the middle of their village, could always contemplate the loving folly of Wisdom crucified for humanity. The preacher, filled with this love, will never cease to teach by proclaiming the Gospel, by witnessing to his love for the poor and by inviting Christians to recognize this love in the rediscovery of their baptismal call, their dignity as sons and daughters of God. This was the core of all his missions.
Father de Montfort’s apostolate was consumed by the desire to bring together all categories of men and women to invite them to let themselves be transformed by this folly of the love of God.
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