THE CONSECRATED SISTERS

CONSECRATION

The sisters of the Community profess the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. They commit themselves to a personal and profound intimacy with Christ, their Bridegroom, as well as to the love of neighbor, in order to love others with the very love of Christ.

CONTEMPLATION

It is through a life of prayer that the sisters become a sign of Christ. Each day is filled with so many ways to nurture their intimacy with Christ: the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, source and summit of each day, a daily hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, the Liturgy of the Hours, the Lectio Divina, and devotion to the Virgin Mary, through a daily consecration and through the prayer of the Rosary. The sisters also seek to practice unceasing prayer, listening to the Holy Spirit in all circumstances.

COMMUNION

The contemplation of God opens towards a joyful and luminous fraternal communion, where each considers the other superior to himself (Ph 2, 3). The sisters seek to put down roots and to grow in Love. Their communion is lived within the branch in specific times (meals, outings) where each sister has the concern to promote a better mutual knowledge. In his fraternal relations, simplicity, forgetfulness of oneself, the search for the good of the other, but also dialogue, forgiveness, reconciliation, are always privileged. It is also with the brothers and the laity of the Community that the sisters wish to live a true fraternal communion.

MISSION

The sisters bear witness in the first place through their consecrated life. Their life of union with God is the foundation for their apostolic action stems. A variety of ministries spring from the spirituality of the Beatitudes: reception of groups, compassion, work in the medical field, evangelization, catechesis and chaplaincy, service for the diocese…

They work in communion with the brothers and sisters of the other branches of the Community and carry out the mission in the same spirit of apostolic zeal. Each uses the skills that are hers, according to the variety of gifts and vocations (leadership, teaching, stewardship, cooking, music, cantoring, etc.)

THE HABIT

Wearing the habit helps the sisters of the Community to be witnesses in the midst of the world. The habit is a sign that challenges the sisters to live out and proclaim the Kingdom present here below.

“I renounce the world, its life, its morals, I renounce myself, to attach myself only to You, the only Treasure and the only hope of my Life here on Below

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Sr Claire Sandrine

testimony of

Sr. Claire Sandrine

Born in Grenoble, I entered the Community aged 23.

When I was confirmed at the age of 16 I experienced a true outpouring of the Holy Spirit which changed my life. In a mysterious way I heard God say to me: “Sandrine I trust you to proclaim me to others!” This was serious. I felt great peace and joy, an inner conviction that I had to commit myself to God and his Church.

I started studying in Paris: philosophy followed by secretarial training. During that time I joined a missionary fraternity: a prayer group of young people with whom I had the joy of sharing my faith and participating in evangelization missions. I experienced God’s power in my daily life.

Two unforgettable experiences deepened within me the desire to give my life as a religious:

– a humanitarian experience with “rag men” in a Cairo slum in Egypt with Sr. Emmanuelle whose testimony impressed me so much: give everything for others!

– and a second experience during an incredible week of prayer and sharing with thousands of young people from the whole world during the Youth Festival in Medjugorje. At the end, I was no longer the same; it was as if the Lord was telling me: “If you follow me I will fulfill you.” I knew I could count on His Faithfulness, so I said “Yes” to Him. Having decided, immense was my joy!

Two years before, during a Holy Week retreat with the Community of the Beatitudes at Nouan-le-Fuzelier, I remembered saying “Lord, if one day you should call me to consecrate my life to you, it is here I shall enter!”

My calling to the Community of the Beatitudes was so strong that one year later I asked to enter and that was twenty six years ago! So much for God’s sense of humor!

To love in giving and giving with love!

Jesus fulfills the heart of those who give Him everything. As for the hope within me, I have not been disappointed!

 Sr. Claire Sandrine

testimony of

Sr. Emilie

My name is Sr Emilie of the Heart of Jesus and Mary. I am originally from Ardèche and it is after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in history that I entered the Community.

As an adolescent, during a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, I had a strong experience of the presence of God in my life. Oh, I wasn’t overjoyed to be there: my parents where the ones who took me there. Indeed God had little place in my life at that time. A few months later I perceived a calling to consecrated life: when I read a prayer intention for consecrated souls I heard this question resound in my heart: “and why not you?” , which for me was a source of great joy… Almost in the same period I discovered the Community of the Beatitudes who had come to carry out a mission in my parish. What joy could be seen on the faces of the brothers and sisters! I wanted to know more, to have a closer look at this. I asked to stay in one of the houses for a week. I was so challenged by what I saw: a life of prayer, adoration, the beauty of the liturgy, a fraternal life, the communion of states of life, and a concern for evangelization. Of course, I was still too young. I continued my education followed by my studies. During the latter, I discovered other communities, but I always returned to this first calling to the Community of the Beatitudes. For me it was evident the Lord was waiting for me there. From the beginning of my life in community, the importance of a heart-to-heart with God in adoration, in contact with his Word, has been anchored in me. that’s where I can come and get everything I need to answer his call. I crossed the threshold and a whole adventure began: the Lord is full of surprises! And this adventure does not end with perpetual vows. Every new day is a sign of this, there is always a “yes” to give, and this assurance that God is there,

“  The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent; they are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness!  (Lm 3:22). So … “  duke in altum  ”,

“  Put out into deep water…  ” (Lk 5, 4)

Sr. Emilie of the Heart of Jesus and Mary

testimony of

Sr. Eva de Jesus

I’m Austrian and have been in the Community of the Beatitudes for 22 years. Before following the Lord’s calling I was a law student intending to train as a diplomate. The Lord made good use of my attraction for different countries and cultures by calling me as His ambassador to… Peru, to proclaim His love as a missionary.

How did it come about ? My path toward consecrated life started with a Mass celebrated by the Community of the Beatitudes in Lisieux. Touched by the beauty of the liturgy, by the joy of its consecrated members singing and dancing before God, I immediately knew that Jesus was inviting me to join in that joy.

A consecrated sister gave me a booklet on the Community’s mission in Peru. It must be said that I had been looking for quite some time for a location to experience a missionary activity. That is when my adventure with Jesus started.

After working as a « volunteer » I decided to join the Community in Peru. Having worked on several evangelization projects in different countries, I am now back in Peru. I can only admire God’s faithfulness, His love for me which sustains me and the joy of having given my life to Jesus.

I can see every day the marvels God achieves in the lives of the poor who cry out to Him. Jesus is present : He consoles the afflicted, He strengthens the weak, He heals the broken-hearted, where there is despondency He gives hope. My joy is to be His little instrument, a witness of His mercy and of the joy experienced when giving one’s life to Jesus !

Sr. Eva of Jesus

témoignage de

Sr Klara Misericordia

 

Je suis née au Kazaskhstan… Eh oui, ce n’est pas fréquent de lire en français quelqu’un qui vient de si loin.

Ma famille n’était pas pratiquante. Avec une maman orthodoxe et un papa musulman, c’était difficile ! A sept ans pourtant, j’ai reçu le baptême orthodoxe. Mais à la maison, on ne parlait jamais de Dieu. C’est le drame du décès de mon frère (j’avais alors 16 ans), qui a commencé à faire cheminer ma famille. La perspective de la vie éternelle était une consolation pour nous.

Mon parrain, catholique, nous a tous entraînés à l’église. Les prêtres avaient formé une équipe de jeunes à qui ils confiaient de petites missions. Très vite, je passais presque tout mon temps libre à l’église, tout en continuant des études de comptabilité. Je ressentais une grande joie en participant à toutes ces activités (animation de messes, catéchisme, évangélisation, etc.).

C’est en 1999 que la Communauté des Béatitudes a lancé son premier Festival des Jeunes au Kazakhstan. Au cours d’une veillée de prière, alors que j’avais en tête le projet de me marier, j’ai senti que Jésus m’appelait à la vie consacrée ! La sœur qui a prié pour moi, a dit dans sa prière, exactement ce que je portais dans mon cœur ! Cependant, je lui ai dit : « Juste pour aujourd’hui » ! J’ai demandé à faire un séjour avec d’autres amies dans la maison qui venait de s’ouvrir à Kokchetav. Je me sentais chez moi ! C’est pendant l’adoration, à la chapelle de la Communauté, que j’ai fait LA RENCONTRE avec Jésus et que j’ai éprouvé le grand amour qu’Il avait pour moi.

Aujourd’hui, après dix-sept ans de vie communautaire, je rends grâce au Seigneur de m’avoir appelée et, chaque jour, je découvre la beauté de la vie consacrée à la Communauté des Béatitudes. La vie avec Jésus est une aventure quotidienne, pleine d’imprévus, de surprises, de bonheur et je rends grâce pour tout ce que le Seigneur ne cesse de faire dans ma vie.

Si le doute demeure en ton cœur, n’hésite pas, n’aie pas peur, Jésus comblera ton attente et te donnera au centuple !

Sœur Klara Misericordia

Sr Thérèse de la Sainte Face

testimony of

Sr. Therese of the Holy Face

My name is Sr, Thérèse of the Holy Face (a reference to the face of Christ for the uninitiated). I am a French national from Guadeloupe (West Indies). I have been a member of the Community for 20 years. Jesus came and plucked me from university in Paris where I was studying mathematics.

From early childhood I received a basic religious education. When I left my island for mainland France I entered, at every level, into a phase of autonomy to which my faith was not imune: what sort of a Christian was I? Who was Christ for me? What importance did the Eucharist have in my life? Was it simply a tradition I had to carry on with?

With all these questions going through my mind, I came across a prayer group which became the channel of a significant spiritual experience. I discovered a living God not at all distant from my life. I can share two elements of that experience: in front of Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament I tasted God’s infinite love for me, I had met Someone who loved me in a unique way. Furthermore, when a few members of the prayer group prayed for me, I saw my whole life in an instant and was made aware of God’s faithfulness at various moments of my life. I had touched something of God, something great and beautiful that nothing and nobody could rob me of. Not only was I convinced of God’s existence but I knew from within that He was in me and with me.

Faced with such Love a calling to religious life (first experienced at about 12 years of age) resurfaced in my heart: a desire to give my whole life to God in order to love Him and make His Love known.

During the time of discernment that followed I providentially met a person at the Faculty who was going on a retreat with the Community. I decided to go on that same retreat as well to find out God’s will for me. I have not been disappointed!

I was struck by the liturgy, the fervent praise expressed in this community, the quality of fraternal life, the beauty of God emanating from the very simple quality of life, as well as its evangelization outreach. I, therefore, chose the Community because it was apparent to me that my great desire to give myself to God could find its full expression in a life where contemplation and mission intermingled so strongly.

Religious life for me is a means to love to the full. It is a way that shows that God exists and that it is worthwhile to consecrate one’s whole life to Him. Every day I learn to surrender and let myself be enlightened by God and to become ever more available and ready to make Him known and loved. “The wind blows where it will. You hear the sound it makes but you do not know where it comes from, or where it goes. So it is with everyone begotten of the Spirit (Jn 3,8) . To follow Christ is an adventure: letting God constantly surprise us and remaining open to renewal in the Spirit…

 Sr. Therese of the Holy Face

Sr Thérèse de la Sainte Face

testimony of

Sr. Therese of the Holy Face

My name is Sr, Thérèse of the Holy Face (a reference to the face of Christ for the uninitiated). I am a French national from Guadeloupe (West Indies). I have been a member of the Community for 20 years. Jesus came and plucked me from university in Paris where I was studying mathematics.

From early childhood I received a basic religious education. When I left my island for mainland France I entered, at every level, into a phase of autonomy to which my faith was not imune: what sort of a Christian was I? Who was Christ for me? What importance did the Eucharist have in my life? Was it simply a tradition I had to carry on with?

With all these questions going through my mind, I came across a prayer group which became the channel of a significant spiritual experience. I discovered a living God not at all distant from my life. I can share two elements of that experience: in front of Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament I tasted God’s infinite love for me, I had met Someone who loved me in a unique way. Furthermore, when a few members of the prayer group prayed for me, I saw my whole life in an instant and was made aware of God’s faithfulness at various moments of my life. I had touched something of God, something great and beautiful that nothing and nobody could rob me of. Not only was I convinced of God’s existence but I knew from within that He was in me and with me.

Faced with such Love a calling to religious life (first experienced at about 12 years of age) resurfaced in my heart: a desire to give my whole life to God in order to love Him and make His Love known.

During the time of discernment that followed I providentially met a person at the Faculty who was going on a retreat with the Community. I decided to go on that same retreat as well to find out God’s will for me. I have not been disappointed!

I was struck by the liturgy, the fervent praise expressed in this community, the quality of fraternal life, the beauty of God emanating from the very simple quality of life, as well as its evangelization outreach. I, therefore, chose the Community because it was apparent to me that my great desire to give myself to God could find its full expression in a life where contemplation and mission intermingled so strongly.

Religious life for me is a means to love to the full. It is a way that shows that God exists and that it is worthwhile to consecrate one’s whole life to Him. Every day I learn to surrender and let myself be enlightened by God and to become ever more available and ready to make Him known and loved. “The wind blows where it will. You hear the sound it makes but you do not know where it comes from, or where it goes. So it is with everyone begotten of the Spirit (Jn 3,8) . To follow Christ is an adventure: letting God constantly surprise us and remaining open to renewal in the Spirit…

 Sr. Therese of the Holy Face

testimony of

Sr. Clare of Assisi

I’m a New-Zealander of English origin. I was sixteen months old when we left England for New Zealand, a country my father fell in love with in the course of his maritime journeys.

In my youth my aspirations were more of an artistic nature with an attraction to the fine arts. For different reasons this dream never came true.I went through different types of training which allowed me to work whilst seeking my vocation. At the time I was already thinking of a consecrated life… but where ?

I had to wait for God’s hour! This time of somewhat painful waiting proved necessary to learn not to turn away when confronted with God’s silences. After a 6-year search I received the answer I was waiting for. In a prayer group a video on a ”new community” in France was making the rounds. A German/New Zealand couple in touch with “that community” in Germany desired the Community to be known in NZ I discovered young people experiencing an intense life of prayer and what’s more there were consecrated artists present ! That is how I discovered the “Community of the Beatitudes”.

It needed something strong and somewhat out of the ordinary to convince a rather timid soul to leave everything/ family, work, country, culture and language to follow the call received in her heart and set sail toward the unknown.

Today my heart is full of gratitude. In Him I have learned to live a new, ample, free life : the life of the Kingdom. I have become a citizen of that Kingdom searching the way in my heart that I may live ever more deeply in that Kingdom and communicate it to all around me.

The advice I would give is to always listen to our heart’s aspirations : they are the desires God implants in us, and He can do all things for He is with us and on our side !

Sr. Clare of Assisi

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