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Praying with Mother Yvonne-Aimée

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Yvonne Beauvais.jpg

Is this not a lovely photo of the young Yvonne Beauvais? There is a mysterious beauty in the purity of her gaze. Already, she belonged entirely to Jesus. I have long loved the prayer of hers that I translated below. The one line, "Give Thou me what Thou wouldst have me give Thee," is an assurance of Our Lord's merciful goodness in those hours and on those days when all I know is my own weakness and poverty.

On January 1, 1926, at the beginning of a year full of uncertainties, Yvonne Beauvais (the future Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus) invoked Saint Michael the Archangel, the glorious prince of the heavenly armies, against the world of darkness. Then, in a surge of faith, she wrote this prayer in a new red notebook:

O Lord Jesus, I surrender myself fully
to all Thy mysterious operations in my soul.
I am nothing and can do nothing without Thee.
Give Thou me what Thou wouldst have me give Thee.
Do Thou in me all that Thou wouldst find in me
so that, out of my nothingness,
Thou mayest draw all the glory and all the love
that Thou hadst in view in creating me.

She added:

I will recite this prayer each day, doing my best to be very abandoned into His divine hands -- seeing only Him through my neighbour -- Him in the events of each day-- Him always and everywhere.




It is quite remarkable that the 30th anniversary of the death of Marthe Robin should occur one week after the 60th anniversary of the death of Mère Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus. Both women were French; both bore the sacred wounds of Christ in their flesh. Both engendered a numerous spiritual progeny. Are there not in every generation souls marked with the wounds of Christ, who complete His saving Passion in their flesh?

Souls Set Ablaze

It is true that France, la fille aînée de l'Église, has, for centuries, been blessed with generation after generation of souls set ablaze by the fire that ever burns in the Heart of Jesus. I am thinking too of Père Antoine Crozier, born on 8 February 1850, a saintly priest of Lyons, who also bore the wounds of Our Lord. But France is not alone. Italy has had her share of heroic victim souls, some of whom are known, such as Natuzza Evolo, while the vast majority of them remain hidden. Our Lord grants such charisms, it would seem, in those places and cultures where they can be recognized and "decoded," as it were, so as to reveal the mystery of Crucified Love.

About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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