February 2018 eNews

Greetings from Pittsburgh, PA! We hope everyone has had a healthy start to the new year. Joe and I look forward to watching the Winter Olympics in the next few weeks. Although we live in the United States, we just pulled out our Team Canada Olympic gear. Given Joe’s family roots in Canada and Jennifer’s love of all things Canadian, we quietly cheer for Canada in Pittsburgh, especially for the hockey and curling teams!

New Content
February Reflection – Preparing for Lent 2018

We are just a few weeks from the start of Lent, so I thought it was not too soon to select a journal entry from Elisabeth focused on her Lenten preparations. In these last few years, it seems in the United States it has become popular to not  give something up, but to commit to doing an extra good work or working on a virtue (e.g. being kinder) during Lent. But there are still many who will give up something such as desert, chocolate or wine. With either path, it tends to be external and can be seen by others. In fact, most people ask each other, especially among family and friends what they will “do” for Lent. When I read Elisabeth’s words, however, I focus my attention inward and on the unceasing internal work required in the spiritual life. There is beauty to be found in the hidden parts of our lives, which we make visible only to our God. Elisabeth continues to teach me humility. The text of the reflection is available at the following link.

Article on Elisabeth and Felix Leseur in Poland’s “w drodze” (A Dominican magazine)

We are working on obtaining permissions to share a copy (and translations) of the recent article on Elisabeth and Felix that appeared in “W drodze” in Poland. Dominik Jarczewski wrote the article and has been in touch with us. For those that are familiar with Polish, here is a link to the article.

eNews Membership surpasses 100 people!

This past week we received two additional sign-ups for our distribution list, which put us over 100 people! We currently send out eNews in four languages every month. These languages include: French, English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Actions For The Cause

If at all possible, we are asking that you consider having a mass offered at your local parish for Elisabeth on (or around) the anniversary of her death: May 3rd. We have confirmed a mass at the Pittsburgh Oratory of St. Philip Neri on this date to start the list. Please let us know if you are able to arrange a mass as we will publish a complete list in our May eNews.

Prayer Requests

  • For Cheryl S – United States
  • For a young man and his Mother in Brazil who are battling multiple health issues
  • For Jose Renato and family, a family of Elisabeth supporters –  in Brazil
  • For those with the desire for marriage and family life, that they may receive the gift of this vocation from God
  • For a very young man, Pito, in France with serious health issues
  • For a very young girl with Down Syndrome in Pittsburgh who is working through multiple health issues and for her Mom
  • For the healing of Uncle Michael who is suffering with glioblastoma
  • For the conversion of David C.