Canonization of Mother Marie Eugenie
Icon of Mother Marie Eugenie
Letter #4 from The Canonization Committee, March 5, 2007
The congregation's Canonization Committee wrote a letter to the Sisters in anticipation of March 10th, Mother Marie Eugenie's Feastday. We share it with you as well.
"The only foundation of holiness is
a true and deep humility."
(Mother Marie Eugenie, 13.10.1889)
Rome, 3 March 2007
Very dear Sisters,
Before we separate for a few weeks, we would like to give you some news on our work. Katrin is in Spain since the 15th February because of the visit of the General Council to that Province. All the Commissions, like you, are at work in the preparation for the canonization.
We are now in the novena in preparation for the 10th March, feast of Blessed Marie Eugenie of Jesus. Well, this is it! Next year we will celebrate the feast of Saint Marie Eugenie of Jesus and the Universal Church will be united with us in this celebration. Let us wholeheartedly thank God!
These days, among all the letters requesting for lodging, information and counsel, we receive some echoes of another type of preparation, less materialistic, which is being done in some Provinces. One Province, for example, has decided to read each morning, a text or a phrase of M. Marie Eugenie and the Sisters share how much they feel themselves nourished interiorly by this during the day. Others have made other choices. We invite you to also choose what could help you make your way to the 3rd June – today is exactly 3 months before the event – to make a personal and communitarian pilgrimage towards the source of our life of faith and of our life in the Assumption.
This morning we went to Mass at St. Peter’s. We had the opportunity of participating in the Eucharist at the ‘tomb of Peter’ and the priest, who was with a group of pilgrims from Bergamo, took as theme for his homily – thinking of Peter – the idea of a pilgrimage. Peter underwent a pilgrimage in his life, from weakness to weakness, from desire to desire, to arrive one day at the transformation of his whole being through the Pascal Mystery of Jesus. The Beatitude is also a pilgrimage, he said. One attains it through a journey and, in the end, God fills the pilgrims with the fullness of life. The priest invited us to our way to Easter and to Pentecost in this spirit. We too, in preparing our pilgrimage to Rome in June, we can live a similar experience, enlightened by the Resurrection that precedes us and by the power of the Spirit which has been given to us and which is given to us unceasingly.
Tomorrow we will meet with Monseigneur Duthel upon his return from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We will share with him what we have experienced before and after the Consistory and schedule with him what remains to be done. Then Cristina will join her community for the visit of the General Council and, on the 25th March, the Canonization Commission will gather in Malaga to make the final arrangements on the Canonization because by then we would have received all the answers from the Provinces. Our Commission, strengthened by the presence of Sr. Regina Victoria, will continue the work in Rome after Easter.
We will be one with you all on the Feast of M. Marie Eugenie. May she continue to bless us, to guide us, to walk on the path of fidelity to Christ, dead and risen, the path of happiness.
We reiterate all our fraternal affection,
Katrin, Maria Paola et Cristina
Official Logo for Mother Marie Eugenie's Canonization
Pope Benedict XVI and the Basilica of St. Peter, Rome
Pope Paul VI proclaiming Mother Marie Eugenie blessed at Beatification: Rome 1975
Blessed Marie Eugenie's tomb in the chapel of the Mother House, Paris