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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.

                                                                                                                                                                           SPC GENERALATE

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February

THEME: The Charity of Marie Anne de TILLY

GRACE TO BEG

Lord, I beg for the grace of charity so that I can love You with my whole heart, mind,

and soul: and love my neighbor as You love them.

 Scripture Text:

Mark 12:28-31

One of the scribes asked Jesus, “Which commandment is the first of all?”

Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Marie Anne de Tilly

Born in Allaines, Marie Anne de Tilly became responsible for the family, after her mother’s death until her father’s second wedding in 1681. Her charity shines through even amidst the difficulties she encountered which can be gleaned from herTestament:

Before her death on September 28, 1703, at the age of 38, she wrote about her sufferings in her Testament:

“Damoiselle de Tilly, Superior of the school of the Daughters of Levesville, I worked so as to improve the knowledge of four girls in reading, writing and piety to become good school teachers…My strength has greatly weakened from the continuous ill[1]treatment and injurious language heaped upon me for having left the world, and given myself to God, for the good of the Church and the service of mankind….”

POINTS FOR REFLECTION AND SHARING:

  1. Meditate on the sufferings and the charity of Marie Anne. Like Christ, who “ did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped at “, she gave up her high stature, generously offering herself at the service of her brothers and sisters, and wholeheartedly participating in Christ’s Paschal Mystery, for the love of her Lord, of His Church and of His brethren.
  1. Ponder on events in your life when you strongly felt God’s unconditional love for you. How were you moved to share this love with others?
  1. End your prayer with thanksgiving.

PRACTICE:

Think of a person you need to forgive, and in prayer sincerely forgive her/him.