Monday, August 15, 2011

"God always gives more than we ask"

Thus says Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc.

While helping D. look up Theresa/Therese saints for a project, I just discovered Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc, a woman of France. Though her page on the SQPN Saints site does not contain much information, I fell in love with her immediately.

Thanks to Fr. Mark Kirby of Vultus Christi, words like "Cenacle" send a thrill right through the core of my being--Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc founded the Congregation of Our Lady of the Retreat in the Cenacle!  
 (afternoon update: Fr. Mark has written about Saint Marie, this is a link to the posts wherein he mentions her.)

And her quotes are quite beautiful and reminded me of the writings of Saint Francis de Sales, De Caussade's Abandonment to Divine Providence, and other writings that have shaped my life in recent years.

Needless to say, I had to look up the Cenacle sisters, and to my delight, I found a collection of some of Saint Marie Victoire Therese's writings here. I will definitely have to study them at more length when I get the chance, especially this Act of Consecration, which is only in French. I wish I knew French. But because I have studied Latin and Spanish and am relatively familiar with other Acts of Consecration, I think I can figure it out and get a rough translation, anyway.

That's enough for now...I just wanted to record this amazing find, a gift of Divine Providence to me this day! And now it will be easy to find the website with Saint Marie Victoire Therese's writings again.

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