The Anniversary of a Heavenly Friend
February 3rd is the 66th anniversary of the death of one of my dearest heavenly friends: Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus (Yvonne Beauvais), Augustinian Canoness, Hospitaller of the Mercy of Jesus, of the Monastery of Malestroit in Brittany, France. Born in 1901, Mother Yvonne-Aimée died, after a life of extraordinary love and extraordinary suffering, at 49 years of age on 3 February 1951. On the very day of her death she was preparing to undertake a visitation of the monasteries of her Order in South Africa.
Beloved of Jesus
Yvonne Beauvais’ life was indescribably rich . . . in bitter sufferings and in the most astonishing charisms. From the time of her girlhood she knew of Our Lord’s tender love for her. She believed in it. She trusted it, and she staked her life upon it. At the age of eleven Yvonne offered herself and her whole life to Jesus, writing in what appears to be her own blood: “O my little Jesus, I give myself to Thee completely and forever. I shall always want what