We begin our prayer in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Today is the feast of St. Marie of the Incarnation/St. Marie de l 'Incarnation, the Teresa of New France.
As part of a group of nuns sent to New France/Canada to establish the Ursuline Order, Marie was crucial in the spread of Catholicism in New France/Quebec, Canada. She is credited with founding the first girls' school in the New World. The Ursulines sisters have been very important in the life Catholic schools in Saskatchewan!
Looking back on her life from earliest childhood, St. Marie recognized, "God never led me by a spirit of fear, but by love and trust." From her earliest days she found she had a tendency to respond to the good and a keen desire to respond to God's love and make him known. Even as a young girl she was compassionate toward the poor and wanted to give away everything she had. "I cannot say how much I loved them. I felt a deep resentment toward those who refused to be generous."
She wrote, "…worries never diverted my attention from God who was my constant preoccupation. On the contrary, I was strengthened because everything I did was in a spirit of charity and not for my personal profit."
Let us pray:
May the Spirit of the Resurrection in this Easter season
Open our hearts to seek the good of others
And not simply our own personal profit.
Lord help us to bring others to your love in our word and in our actions – we ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
We close by praying:
Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.