Greetings from Pittsburgh! We hope everyone is having a good Lenten season. We have two wonderful news items to share this month. We are so excited to share that Elisabeth is on the cover and featured throughout the April edition of “Priere et Parole“! (This is equivalent to the “Magnificat” or “Give Us This Day” in the USA.) There are 30 pages that contain either Elisabeth’s words or reflections on her life and writings. We are also so happy to report that we have a found a woman in Paris who will help us to slowly introduce Polish to ELCause.org!
A few weeks ago a woman from France was in touch with us to let us know that small groups were forming across several cities in France to bring women together in friendship and for prayers to Elisabeth. They are praying for the intercession of Elisabeth in marriages similar to that of Elisabeth and Felix, where one spouse is a believer and one is not. They are also offering prayers in general for their families and for those with health concerns. I shared this with one of our very active supporters in the USA, Karen Feitl, and together we discussed ways we might unite ourselves with them despite of the distance between us. We came up with the idea of asking our Elisabeth group on Facebook to join us in praying the rosary on Fridays for the cause for Elisabeth, for strong marriages, and for families. We have had a very positive response from around the world. (If you would like to join us but have not yet found us on Facebook, search “Friends of Servant of God Elisabeth Leseur”.)
When we decided to suggest the rosary, I was not well studied in quotes/thoughts from Elisabeth on the Blessed Mother. I know by heart so many Elisabeth quotes on suffering and uniting herself to Christ, but I was challenged to think of anything on the Blessed Mother. I thought of Elisabeth’s time in Lourdes and found this beautiful paragraph from a letter she wrote to Sr. Goby after the trip. I love the fact that Elisabeth views her relationship with the Blessed Mother as that of a daughter.
June 30, 1912
My dear Sister and friend,
During our stay in Lourdes I could only send you a quick note, but you were constantly being remembered. I took you with you me to the holy grotto, near our Lord and in my communions, everywhere that I prayed, and one prays everywhere in Lourdes, as you well know. What consoling moments I spent in that peaceful city of Mary, an unforgettable time that leaves a deep mark on one’s life for ever. It seems to me that I love the holy Virgin ever more as her daughter, that I have a greater desire to serve the good God. I also have more of an attraction to the poor, the sick whom he so loves, a greater willingness to work for the spiritual good of others through suffering or action, according to God’s will. …
Ways You Can Help
We again express our gratitude to our supporters, especially in the United States, who have increased the number of masses to be said on or around May 3rd to 14! All masses have been posted at the following link. We have also been notified of a mass in France.
We are asking that you consider having a mass offered at your local parish for Elisabeth on (or around) the anniversary of her death: 3-May. We’d also love for you to let us know if you do (parish name & location).
We continue to receive prayer requests and periodically update the Prayer Requests page. If you would like to add a prayer request, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With our prayers,
Jennifer and Joe