The Visitation Order in the USA is pleased to learn that the cause for our Venerable Sister Anne Madeleine Remuzat’s beatification has begun! http://visitationspirit.org/2012/06/june-mystic-of-the-month/
On February 15th, 2014 the first session was held by Postulator Bishop Jean Pierre Ellul. If you understand French, you can meet him here:
Bishop Ellul, in preparation for Lent the following day, Feb 16th, delivered a homily in Marseille, focusing on Ven. Anne Madeleine Remuzat and her mission to that city and her spirituality.
Below are some translated highlights of Bishop Ellul’s sermon:
As we prepare to enter Lent in three weeks, yesterday, Saturday, Feb. 15 , the anniversary of her death in 1730 , opened in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart , the beatification and canonization process of our Visitandine Anne Magdalen Remuzat . It is in our Basilica that the relic of her heart was placed in 1986 when the Visitation Sisters left Marseille to join the Monastery in Voiron .
One may wonder if there is an interest in re- igniting the spirituality of Sr. Anne -Madeleine Remuzat and if it can be useful to us today.
The mercy of the Lord she has witnessed throughout her existence . The Lord taught her the way of the Gospel, she kept his law of love . Very young , she was chosen by Christ to be His messenger , his disciple, his spokesman , ” the victim ,” as it was called in those days !
Sister Remuzat also experienced the test of a mystical, long and painful night. Yet she remained faithful to the Lord . She received the stigmata as signs of her total union with Christ. There is always in her – and this is important to emphasize to understand spirituality – that consciousness of cooperation between her own human availability and the divine power of grace. The last years of her life passed through untold suffering . Her union with the Sacred Heart became increasingly strong until the “displacement ” of her heart was immersed in the ” fiery furnace ” of the Heart of Christ.We find traces of this in her chest, when she died .
To summarize her path , it is characterized by three accents that are of great theological relevance for our times : – First, the trust in the mercy of God. – Then the consciousness of cooperation between God’s grace and human freedom necessary for the emergence and development of every vocation . – Finally, a strong commitment to total availability to the movement of grace that offers service of others and thus serves the glory of God . “A passion of love” : this is what her life was for 33 years.
A few weeks before the entry into Lent, the servant of God Anne- Madeleine Remuzat allows us to meet Christ Jesus better. He came to ask us to change our lives , to convert our heart , our eyes , our anger , our pride, our complaints. . ” The last shall be first and the first shall be last , yes, many are called , but few are chosen ”
Let’s make sure to be worthy of the Kingdom .