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Mother Mary of Jesus
  • “First of all, I would like to see you showing less annoyance when something happens which is not what you want. It can nearly always be seen from the expression on your face or from your way of replying. (SL 59)1
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DISCOVERING MY VOCATION TO MARIE REPARATRICE
 

 

DISCOVERING MY VOCATION TO MARIE REPARATRICE

 

My name is Annette Beaudry. I am from the Region of Canada. On January 23, 2017, I celebrated my 100th birthday. With this in mind, I was asked how I discovered the call of God to enter the congregation of the Sisters of Marie Reparatrice.

Reflecting on many memories, this is what I can say:

Two of my brothers left to offer themselves to the Lord in religious life. Their leaving made me think a lot. I wondered what path the Lord wanted for me.

At the age of 15, in my parish, the "Forty Hours" were celebrated, with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during this time. I went with a friend to make an hour of  adoration and I stayed the whole hour on my knees. It was my first experience to enjoy being in  the Presence of God.

At 18, I was searching to discern the life the Lord was directing me to.  I prayed, I asked for light, in order to know the will of God for me.

Listening to this inner voice that speaks to us in silence, I felt a desire for reparation with Mary. I really liked praying before the Blessed Sacrament exposed. But how did I find out what I desired? ... I found it through a friend who had made the spiritual exercises at Maríe Reparatrice, in Villa San Lorenzo. After a time of questioning, I felt that the Lord was calling me to this place.

My friend suggested that I make the spiritual exercises as soon as possible, in Marie Reparatrice: this was in June.  I had the joy of being accepted into the novitiate and entered the following September 8, the feast of the birthday of the Virgin Mary.

I was already at the height of my joy of having answered "Yes" to the Lord. I was convinced that I would stay in the community all my life.  Over the years I have tried always to respond to what the Lord has asked of me in religious life. I have had sorrows and great joys, and I have been happy all my life.

At the end of a long life, which I consider a great favor, I want to sing the "Magnificat" with the Virgin, who sang it first.

Montréal, January 23, 2017