It was in 1973 or 74, I think, when a young man, fresh from a heady experience of monastic life in a foreign land, met an extraordinary woman at the beginning of her middle age, brimming over with vitality and with the love of God. She walked with long strides, betraying her youth in the mountains of Savoie. At times an inner joy would illumine her face. Her hospitable heart embraced all who came to her. The young man asked, “Mother, how do you pray?” And the Mother responded, “When I pray, I say, Seigneur je me livre à la puissance de ton amour fécond — “O Lord, I deliver myself over to the power of Thy fruitful love.”
En cette solennité de l’Annonciation prions avec la très sainte Vierge Marie: Seigneur, je me livre à la puissance de ton amour fécond.
On this festival of Lady Day, let us pray with the most Holy Virgin Mary: O Lord, I deliver myself over to the power of Thy fruitful love.