There are two joys I would like to share with you and one big request from Jesus!
The first great joy is to welcome Jane Borthwick and John Caldwell into our community of Faith during this Sunday Liturgy. Jane and John are both baptised Christians who have been members of the Anglican community, and after prayer and careful study they seek full communion with the Catholic Church. In welcoming them, we give thanks to God our Father for the Anglican community that has nurtured their faith over many years.
The second joy is the canonisation of Blessed Elisabeth of Trinity by Pope Francis today in Rome. Elisabeth was a French Discalced Carmelite mystic and writer who died just a few years after the passing of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus. The miracle that made Elisabeth of the Trinity a canonised saint, is the healing of Marie-Paul Stevens on June 20, 2016. Since her adolescence, Marie-Paul had loved Elisabeth of the Trinity and had prayed for her intercession. Her friends, together with the nuns of the Carmel of Dijon, continued to pray the novena to Blessed Elisabeth to ask for Marie-Paul’s healing though Marie-Paul did not ask to be cured! Yet, she wanted to go on pilgrimage to the Carmel of Flavignerot before she died,to thank Elisabeth who had accompanied her so powerfully during her illness. Accompanied by friends, Marie-Paul came as a pilgrim to that Carmel. On April 2, 2002, in the chapel of the Carmel, she prayed and gave thanks to Elisabeth for sustaining her during her five year illness. Coming out of the chapel exhausted, she sat down to rest. All at once she stood up, raised her hands to heaven, and cried out in amazement and happiness, “I’m not in pain anymore!” From that day she has been well. Restored to health Marie-Paul made a second pilgrimage, walking 350 kilometres to give thanks!
A big request from Jesus… if we are attentive to the Gospel (Luke 18,1-8)
Here it is written in the first and the last verse: “Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart”(…)But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?” Yes, Jesus tries our patience and perseverance in faith as he did to his own mother!
“A soul united to Jesus is a living smile that radiates Him and gives Him.” (St Elisabeth of the Trinity)