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RECOLLECTION Guide

PRAYING WITH OUR SPIRITUAL LEADERS

                                  RECOLLECTION 2024

The Synod on Synodality has provided an opportunity for the Church to reflect upon various themes, one of which is “Participation, governance, and authority.” In the context of this theme, one of the key questions posed to working groups is, “How can we renew the service of authority and the exercise of responsibility in a missionary synodal Church?” This profound inquiry sets the tone for a deeper exploration of the dynamic interplay between authority, governance, and participation within the Church.

In resonance with this theme, the recollection module for this year is entitled “Praying with our Spiritual Leaders.” Throughout the rich tapestry of our Congregation’s history, we have been blessed by spiritual leaders who have served as beacons of inspiration, persuasion, motivation, and have, in their own unique ways, “lifted us up.” This recollection material endeavors to honor the indelible mark left by significant figures who have played an important role in shaping our Congregation. It contains insightful excerpts from the lives of our Founder, our first Sisters, and General Superiors, individuals who have not only safeguarded our charism but have also guided us with their words and exemplary lives all throughout our synodal journey as Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres.

Through prayer, reflection, and faith sharing, we hope that this monthly recollection guide will help us remember and honor our spiritual leaders and foster a sense of gratitude for their valuable contributions. By revisiting their ideals and virtues, we aim to ensure that their memory lives on through our actions and daily lives, setting an enduring example for future generations to follow.

We express our deep gratitude to the Formation Team of the Philippine Province for their significant contribution in this recollection guide.

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June

THEME: The Humility of Mother Maria ROUYRE

GRACE TO BEG

Lord Jesus, I beg for the grace of humility so that I may see the truth about myself as You see me.

 Scripture Text:

Philippians 2: 5-8

Have this mind among yourselves, which was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant.”

Mother Maria Rouyre

From being a Superior of the hospital in Dreux, Mother Maria was placed to serve in the laundry of the hospital at Blois. Sr. Placide who had only admiration for Mother Maria left us this impression: “I never heard her utter a single word of complaint; her heart was so great.  Sometimes, we ventured to talk about her humiliations; she answered us, ‘I DESERVED THEM WELL.’ Her amiability never allowed her to say a single word of blame against her Superiors.” (Sisters of Saint Paul of Chartres, Mother Maria, p. 17)

A deeply spiritual person, Mother Maria brought about a spiritual renewal to the Congregation. Her own example of humility, love of the poor, concern for her Sisters and authentic prayer life made her a great spiritual animator, leading the Sisters to deepen their life of prayer and their practice of the virtues. 

POINTS FOR REFLECTION AND SHARING:

  1. In Phil 2:5-8, St. Paul exhorts us to be humble like Christ. Prayerfully read the text and enter into the mind and heart of the humble Jesus. How are you being invited to “have the mind of Jesus?”
  2. Stay with Mother Maria. Listen to her as she expresses her admiration for the cherished virtue of humility: “Oh! How great is she who is little in her own eyes and is deeply conscious of her nothingness before God and how dear she is to His heart.” (Mother Maria, p.8). How do these words challenge you?
  3. End your prayer with thanksgiving.

PRACTICE:

“The Sisters should make use of every means available to grow in the virtues of humility and mortification…” (Draft of the Rule, p.16) In your daily life, welcome with joy and resignation any opportunity to grow in humility and mortification.