“ See, I set before you today life and prosperity”. Dt 30.15
Eternal and Incarnate Wisdom continues to seek human hearts to be born in this world to reveal his continuous presence among them. Every day of our life, we have a choice to make, therefore let us choose life and prosperity so that our life becomes a gift to others.
Since our General Chapter 2018, we have been reflecting on how to implement its Orientation. Each one of you, individually or as a community, has been looking for ways and means to live our commitment as Daughters of Wisdom to “Love without borders”.
In this bulletin, we share the experiences lived at the Entity chapters. It is an invitation to be in union with one another as Mother Marie-Louise desired of her daughters. At the level of the Congregation, many of the Entities have seriously moved forward with the reconfiguration process that invites us to let go and take daring steps with courage and faith.
At this time, I find the invitation of Pope Francis very appropriate for us. He is reminding us to pay attention to the little things of daily life. He writes:
“Growth in holiness is a journey in community, side by side with others. The common life, whether in the family, the parish, the religious community or any other, is made up of small everyday things. This was true of the holy community formed by Jesus, Mary and Joseph, which reflected in an exemplary way the beauty of the Trinitarian communion. It was also true of the life that Jesus shared with his disciples and with ordinary people.”
Let us not forget that Jesus asked his disciples to pay attention to details.
The little detail that wine was running out at a party.
The little detail that one sheep was missing.
The little detail of noticing the widow who offered her two small coins.
The little detail of having spare oil for the lamps, should the bridegroom delay.
The little detail of asking the disciples how many loaves of bread they had.
The little detail of having a fire burning and a fish cooking as he waited for the disciples at daybreak.
“A community that cherishes the little details of love”, whose members care for one another and create an open and evangelizing environment, “ is a place where the risen Lord is present, sanctifying it in accordance with the Father’s plan.”
As we desire to live our commitment to Love without borders in a prophetic way, ‘let us build life giving communities in order that we may seek Wisdom together and reveal her wherever we are present’. (RL 38)
Sr. Rani Kurian DW Congregational Leader
*1Letter to Henry de Castries, 14 August 1901
*11Apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be glad) No 141-145
A New Call of Wisdom…
A Response Filled with Passionate Love...
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beatification of Marie Louise of Jesus is for us, Daughters of Wisdom, both a source of joy and gratitude but also a profound challenge.
I am convinced that it was not by chance that the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Beatification coincided with the event of the General Chapter. The Beatification allowed many among us to discover the endearing face of the first Daughter of Wisdom. We discovered with our eyes and hearts, the passionate and daring woman she was, responding to an exceptional call to live a new form of religious life for the time…an apostolic religious life.
At the Beatification celebration in Rome, on May 16, 1993, Pope John-Paul II pronounced the following words concerning her:
“Marie Louise of Jesus allowed herself to be seized by Christ, passionately seeking the inner covenant of human wisdom with eternal Wisdom. And the natural unfolding of the bond of deep intimacy, was a passionate action devoted towards the poorest of her fellow human beings. The adoration of the Wisdom of the Father, incarnated in the Son, always carries with it daily service to those who have nothing appealing to others, but who are always very dear in the sight of God.”
One wonders how these words proclaimed by pope St John Paul II echo in our hearts as we prepare to live the General Chapter inviting us to “Love without Borders”? I believe that the first place of conversion to which God calls us is to let oneself be seized by Christ, to passionately seek Him in a relationship that naturally reconciles deep intimacy with Wisdom and loving action for the destitute.
Of course, the crossroads where Wisdom calls us today does not take on the same contextual reality as that of our foundress. But to live at the crossroads requires, as religious, to be daring, to prophetically stand in the perpetual movement of life, and to stay on the “fringes or the margins” … of the chaos of a new creation from which will emerge an unprecedented way of weaving the bonds of humanity, of reconfiguring our societies, the Church, religious life and the Congregation.
Marie Louise trusted Montfort who, even at the risk of his life, questioned a tradition threatened with paralysis and that was far from being evangelical. With him, she opted for a form of religious life that was open to the four winds, exposed to the normal and disturbing hazards of life.
Are we not strongly invited to enter the vision of this woman who never hesitated to follow suit in the newness of the Spirit! Being in the margins never frightened her and that is where she is urging us on today. As First Daughter of Wisdom and as Leader, her frequent refusal to compromise speaks eloquently today.
Let us remember the secret of her audacity: a passionate love for God….
“To speak well of God, one must often speak to God.” 1
and a passionate love for the poor…
“Our love must be an active love that forms in us
a burning desire that God be known, loved and served.” 2
“If I were cloth, I would give myself to clothe the poor.” 3
May we all, from the depth of our being and in communion with one another, implore Marie Louise. Like her, may we become more deeply rooted in the love of Christ Wisdom, the only love that can turn into a burning bush. With Marie Louise, let us dare to commit ourselves as members of the Corps Congregation in a prophetic movement, bearing witness that, with Wisdom, it is possible to “Love without borders.”
Sr. Louise Madore D.W.
1.En direct avec Marie-Louise de Jésus – Écrits et paroles, p. 148
2.Ibid., p. 148
3.Documents et Recherches VII, Charles Besnard No524,
“The Unbelievably Generous Excess of the Love of God”
Sr. Louise Madore, D.W.
By contemplating a Nativity scene, meditating and savoring at length these texts of Montfort on the Incarnation, what links could be made between them and the theme of the General Chapter : "Love without borders! "?
Let us take the special way taught by Montfort. It is the one that he and Marie Louise of Jesus followed… Let us adopt Mary's contemplative gaze; let us be touched and transformed by this great mystery of love, the Incarnation.
The Incomprehensible, allowed himself to be perfectly comprehended and contained by the humble Virgin Mary, without losing anything of his immensity….The Inaccessible, drew near to us and united himself closely, perfectly and even personally to our humanity through Mary without losing anything of his majesty; it is also through Mary that we must draw near to God…. (TD 157)
Mary was chosen by God in order to offer to Wisdom a way of humanity that makes Wisdom, our brother. Our mission is not only to give Jesus to the world. We are also called to bring others to discover Him, to lead others to Him and to build a new humanity for whom, every day, He continues to incarnate, in us, in others and in Creation. Let us live our human journey with Mary, by becoming women who will dare : "Love without borders" and thus live the amazing excess of the love of God!