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Sunday, 2 December 2018

Praying with St Therese Couderc 3

My prayer is very simple. I place myself in the presence of our Lord and tell Him all that is in my heart.

We must have confidence in God. He will never fail us.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Praying with St Therese Couderc 2

My dearly beloved ones,
(to her daughters 29 October 1838, Anth: 126)

Have the sweet confidence that
(to her daughters 29 October 1838, Anth: 126)

we no longer need
(to M. de Larochenégly 10 August 1866, Anth: 176)

to be concerned
(to M. de Larochenégly 10 August 1866, Anth: 176)

what is going to become of us.
(to Bishop Bonnel of Viviers, December 1834, Anth, 112)

We still possess
(to M. de Larochenégly 28 February 1871, Anth: 206)

this dear work.
(to M. Alice Bertier 27 December 1878, Anth: 239)

Always cherish
(to her nephew, Abbé Léon Couderc 21 November 1883, Anth: 261)

the consolation of being able to
(to her brother Abbé Jean Couderc  28 December 1882, Anth, 260)

make Our Lord known and loved.
(to Madame Stéphanie de Plessis  18 May 1880, Anth: 247)

All our affairs are in the hands of God.
(to Sister Agnes 14 January 1836, Anth: 113)

Allow the good God and His grace to work, gratefully receiving each day what he deigns to give us, well knowing that we possess nothing and that all things come to us from Him.
(to M. de Larochenégly 13 February 1864, Anth: 156)

I pray Our Lord more than ever to be your light, your wisdom and your strength.
(to M. de Larochenégly 27 May 1867, Anth: 184)

God will do the rest.
(to M. de Larochenégly 7 June 1876, Anth : 227)

Adieu and always for God
(to her nephew Abbé Léon Couderc 28 November 1884, Anth: 268)

Source: selection of M. Thérèse’s letters (Anthology of Congregation Documents)

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Praying with St Therese Couderc 1

Some inspiration from the letters of our foundress St Therese Couderc (1805-1885)

My very dear Sister,
(to Sister Agnès 14 January 1836 Anth: 113)

I pray every day that He will give you the grace
(to her brother, Jean Couderc, seminarian 10 October 1829, Anth: 108)

to belong wholly to God.
(to M. de Larochenégly 7 June 1876, Anth: 227)

Be kind,
(to M. Félicié Chartier 21 May 1863, Anth: 151)

encourage one another,
(to her nephew, Adrien Rouvier 9 January 1863, Anth, 146)

for the glory of the good God.

(to Sister Agnès 14 January 1836, Anth: 113)

Saturday, 14 April 2018


We never want to let go of them, those we love.
How could it be any different than that? 
We loved them, hold them still in the glimpsed silences between tears and loss, where we espy the possibility of peace.

Yet true peace comes in its own way, at its proper time, clothed in the faces of other beloved ones, who search for their path. In our nurturing of the next generations let us move forward with hope.

May we have the courage to believe that even now we too are enfolded in Love.