- Date of publication 07-10-2004 Mary Ellen reinacts the role of ‘Formation Directress’ and welcomes a novice.
Mary Ellen, Directress of Formation, welcomes a novice, Gloria, who has many questions regarding the virtue of simplicity. She has researched what the First Rule of Life had to say with regard to simplicity and then consulted the actual Constitutuions therein indicating two related articles.
Realizing the difficulty in comprehending clearly and expressing adequately in words the true meaning of simplicity, the novice consulted “The Introduction to the Devote Life” by Saint Francis of Sales since Perrine herself was very familiar with this book and refered to it often. To her great joy, she found two chapters where Saint Francis talks about the virtue of simplicity. The Directress of Formation is greatly impressed with the findings of her novice. She points out that the seventeenth century documents, our spiritual leaders, Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac, just to mention a few, constantly refered to the virtues of charity, simplicity and humility as the basis for their spiritual teachings. The novice concludes that simplicity is best manifested in our everyday living by the way we act, speak and relate to others as well as by the constructive use of modern means of technology such as computers, e-mails, etc……
The Directress of Formation readily endorses her novice’s thinking saying that, “If Perrine were alive today, she would be the first to make the most of all these means providing that they were used to hasten the realization of the reign of God because, after all, Perrine sought the very best response in everything she undertook.”
Then, in groups of three, the sisters were invited to give examples of what it means to live the virtue of simplicity in their everyday living circumstances.
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