It is a characteristic of Jesus. It is the foundation of all spiritual life and a way of becoming more human. It is an attitude of truth before God, others and oneself.
Mother Marie Madeleine says: “Imitate the meekness, the humility, the patience and the zeal of the heart of the suffering Jesus” Constitutions no. 5
Simplicity means getting to the heart of the matter, having the humility to allow God to act in the depth of our being, being totally free to allow his Unique Presence to dwell in us and living in communion with God. It is to allow ourselves to be shaped by his grace.
Our Constitutions invite us to this simplicity, reminding us of the beginnings of the Congregation: ‘ Let these words of Mother Marie echo in the depths of your being: ”Take care that you never depart from your simplicity.”’ Constitutions n° 6
Abandonment is one of the purest forms of love. The measure of abandonment is the measure of our passion for the will of God, following the example of Jesus who said:
“I always do what pleases my Father” (Jn 8:29).
Here is the testimony of Mother Marie: “After having prayed and abandoned myself to God, I felt such strength that, if I had seen the heavens about to fall, I would have braced my shoulders to receive them.”
Spirit of Service
The contemplation of Christ, “I have not come to be served but to serve», leads to commitment, to service. This spirit of service is evident in our founders. Father Dujarié asks us to be passionate, to serve, to forget ourselves:
“Don’t be afraid to consume yourself in service, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.”
The Call to Evangelise
The passion to announce the Gospel has been passed on to us by Father Dujarié who, animated by a tireless zeal to announce Jesus Christ at the risk of his life, was constantly concerned about evangelisation in a dechristianised world. He sent the Sisters to the most abandoned families on the hills above Ruillé.
Today it is still expressed through our writings and our apostolic choices:
“Together, let us dare to announce the Good News”. (Chapter Acts 1994)