According to her “Biography”, for Blessed Alphonse Marie, holiness was the most important in her life since her early childhood. She says: “I want to become a saint. How can I do it? I do not know what to do to become a saint. I do not want to receive what my parents give me (namely, little presents) I would rather become a saint
.” Her great desire for holiness made her use all means offered by Church.
- She prayed and constantly turned to God and the Blessed Mother as a child.
- She liked to listen to talks and readings about God and God’s Mother asking her parents or relatives, “to talk as long as they could about them”.
- She often listened to the Life of Saints and thus her desire for holiness deepened.
- She was deeply touched, especially, by talking of Jesus’ Passion thinking why Jesus suffered so terribly.
- When she knew that sins are the cause of it, she did not only avoid sin but everything that could lead to sin because she did not want to offend her beloved God.
- She started each day with prayer, “O my Jesus, preserve me today from every sin.”
- When she failed, she humbled herself and confessed her sins asking God and others for forgiveness. Hoping in God’s mercy, she even prayed for others to avoid sins.
- She was completely obedient to her parents and her confessor.
- She understood that the Eucharist is the source of grace.
- In the suffering of Christ, she found the meaning of the Eucharist which became the source of her life. She completely devoted herself to the suffering of Christ and His presence in the Eucharist.
- She was looking only for God’s will. “In everything I did, I wanted to be pleased by God.”
- She prayed, meditated on the sufferings of Jesus, and adored Jesus in the Eucharist which led her to serve actively to Christ in His brothers and sisters.
- From the love of God, she practiced self-denial and all the virtues. “I practiced especially interior prayer, in which I asked God to let me progress in virtue.”
- God perfected His loved one by suffering and prepared her for great work, to found a new congregation. She left her followers heritage: “Those souls who desire perfection and sanctity should do the will of God in all things, and submit themselves to it without reserve.”
Let us ask St. Joseph and Blessed Alphonse Marie for their intercessions.
In our trials, let us remember Alphonse Marie's words:
“Do not think that the saints always and immediately received the graces for which they prayed. Often, God tried them with apparent refusal through long years of petitioning. Yet they persevered in their prayers