Belonging to the Church

THE PROTESTANT CHURCH, ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

Elizabeth knew only the Protestant church, St. John the Baptist in Niederbronn. From 1691 to 1886, it served Catholics as well as Protestants. According to a survey of 1802, Niederbronn had 3120 inhabitants – 1218 of them Catholics (39%) and 1729 Protestants (55%), plus a small Jewish community.

Elizabeth was baptized in this church on September 10, 1814, the day after her birth. She also had her First Communion here at the age of 13 ½. For her, it was the time to choose her own way. Trusting in the presence of Jesus, Elizabeth resolutely fulfilled her baptismal promises.

“After the first communion, my confessor had allowed me to receive Holy Communion every fortnight. But my desire for the Holy Communion was already so strong that this time was too long for me. So after a week I went again to my confessor… he posed some questions as to how I pray, how I behave with regard to obedience towards my parents, how I behave in the church during Mass. I answered him that in all these things I desire to please God through my behavior. Then my confessor told me: “Go now, my child, to Holy Communion and ask our loving God that He may increase this desire in you.” (Autobiography 6)

Since the decision to follow Jesus is an act of liberty/freedom, this has to be made again and again during one’s whole life. Therefore, Elizabeth took up the struggle every day and searched for the necessary aids, in order to be able to respond to the grace of God.
 
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, ST. MARTIN

This church was constructed in 1885 and it serves as a parish church until today. In 1987, two stained-glass windows (created by the glass artist F. Haas) were built in the side chapel. Starting with the Motherhouse, they show the novices in early formation, leading further to the sending of the “missionary sisters”, and ending with the care of the sick. Other activities of the Congregation are also represented: visiting the poor, accompanying the dying, looking after children, etc.

For reflection:

==> What does this mean to me: belonging to the Church … calling God “Father” …?
==> How do I speak with others about God?
==> Which concrete steps do I take in order to open myself to ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue and to recognize the richness of diversity?
 
Saint of the Day
We Remember
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Merciful Jesus, grant them eternal rest.
3Sister M. Melaine Mraz 2008
5Sister M. Valeria Martin 1951
6Sister M. Rita Galvacs 1984
7Sister M. Xaviera Kraynak 2005
12Sister M. Aloysius Baumgartber 1940
16Sister M. Alphonsa Arvay 1969
17Sister M. Nicolette Dzsaja 1991
19Sister M. Balsamina Horvath 1978
23Sister M. Gonzaga Szabo 2010
24Sister M. Mathilde Kohalmi 2006
27Rev. Colman Kovats 1927

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