A Double Portion of Her Spirit: A Bold Request?
SNJM Prayer in Celebration of the Fortieth Anniversary of the Beatification of Mother Marie-Rose
Standing by the Jordan, Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until he and Elisha crossed on dry ground. When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”
Elijah responded, “You have asked a hard thing. … ” As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven.
Elisha picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. When the company of prophets who were at Jericho saw him at a distance, they declared, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” (2 Kings 2.7b, 8,9, 10a, 11, 13)
Mother Marie-Rose – Artist: Annette Chouinard-Dubois
Dare we ask of you, ever generous God, a double portion of the spirit of Marie-Rose, a woman of her times, a woman for our times? Dare we place her mantle on our shoulders and set out, once again?
How are we to grasp the measure of her spirit? How are we to measure up to the commitment it requires? A spirit of deep faith, in a world in search of meaning;
A spirit of sure hope, in the midst of a fractured world;
A spirit of ardent love, in a world of exclusion and prejudice;
And a spirit of true joy, in a world weighed down in sorrow!
Yes, bounteous God of all,
we ask you to place within us the indomitable spirit
of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher.
We need a double portion of her spirit,
her audacious spirit of casting the fire of your love,
so that, from the depths of our own vulnerability,
we may act with the same faith, hope, love and joy
“in a world which today,
is searching and ever hopeful
for the future.” (Constitutions # 7)
Lorna Cooney, SNJM | 2022
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