A Support in the Very First Beginnings
His long period of office (from 1842 to 1887) in the turbulent years regarding secular history as well as Church history contributed to spread of Catholicism in Alsace. Bishop Räss displayed an untiring zeal to support the boom of Christian life.
Soon he paid attention to the events happening in Niederbronn and closely followed them with great interest. He took Elizabeth under his protection and prudently disapproved of her joining the Sisters of Ribeauvillé. He found it better for her to wait for a sign from Providence and thus favored the foundation of the Congregation of the Sisters of Niederbronn through Elizabeth. He continued to have a particular interest and concern for this Congregation. As the Congregation had to go through an internal crisis after the death of the Foundress, he nominated Fr. Simonis as the Ecclesiastical Superior for the Congregation. Fr. Simonis gave shape to the original spirit of the Congregation by giving it powerful impetus.For reflection:
==> Do I know my Parish Priest and my Diocesan Bishop?
==> Do I keep my mind/heart completely open to my Confessor when I am going to the confessional?
==> Do I follow the advice of my Confessor?
==> What words in particular touched me during confession?