What inspires us today in the life of Mother Christine
– Her personal testimony:
Her attraction to the Eucharist.
The fervor and intensity of her prayer before the Blessed Sacrament as well as her constant prayer: “Let us never leave God ‘alone’; he lives and acts in us: prayer of adoration and prayer of intercession, in which she felt that she was in solidarity with all for whom she prayed, especially with the Jewish people.
Her demand for silence “in order to attract the Holy Spirit”, who is so important in order to listen in truth to the Word of God.
– Her attachment to Sion:
“The spirit of the Solitude is the spirit of Sion.” For her, that was obvious, and she instilled it forcefully into the novices.
Mother Christine herselfwas completely impregnated with the charism. Thus, she invites us to live Sion’s charism with suppleness and dynamism as it develops and evolves.
– And finally, the coherence of her life between the light she received and the means used to respond to it, as well as the entirety with which she committed herself to it.
“We feel more and more that love is our way.”
Mother Christine is in a straight line with Fr. Theodore. The Fathers Ratisbonne and Mother Christine received the same charism of Sion on different paths:
– For Fr. Theodore, the love of Jesus Christ for his people, as manifested in Scripture;
– For Fr. Marie, the Virgin Mary in whom he saw the expression of forgiveness and mercy at work in the mystery of Redemption;
– For Mother Christine, the Eucharist, the mystery of Christ who gave himself “unconditionally”. Adoration, intercession, and also praise – under the impulse, above all, of Mother Marie.
The Holy Spirit turned their gaze towards “the eternal plan” which God has in Christ Jesus our Lord (Eph 3:11) and which Paul makes explicit in the words: “The Gentiles have become fellow heirs (with Israel), members of the same body, sharers in the same promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.” (Eph 3:6)
The wealth of our beginnings persists in the diversity of our personal calls and in our various communities. In this diversity, within the Congregation, we form the “contemplative branch of Sion”.