Reflection and Prayer for Mother Anna Tabourat
May 17, 2013
Strength in Limitations/Power in Humility
Opening Prayer of Praise
Magnify the Lord for the beauties of this moment of spring.
Magnify the Lord for the fine weather that draws us outdoors.
Magnify the Lord for all the promises of spring plantings.
Magnify the Lord for the talents and gifts of our girls reaching their full potential.
Magnify the Lord for the accomplishments of our seniors through these last days.
Magnify the Lord for the beauty of heart and soul of all of our students.
Magnify the Lord for strengths we gain through facing apparent limitations.
Magnify the Lord for Mother Anna’s legacy and the presence with us of all in the Communion of Saints.
Magnify the Lord for all the help and support we give to one another.
Magnify the Lord for the action of the Holy Spirit guiding our minds and hearts.
Magnify the Lord for our shared faith and commitment at Magnificat High School.
Reflection on Heritage
Let us recall Mother Anna Tabourat whose anniversary is May 19. Co-founder of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary in France in 1854, she became Foundress in America in 1864. Mother Anna certainly had courage in setting out across the ocean for an unknown country and unsure future. In venturing to a new situation with monumental challenges, she translated her fears into encouragement for the 11 sisters accompanying her. After considering returning to France but dissuaded by the bishop, she met the challenges of the moment turning the Villa swamp into a productive farm and gradually sending the sisters and new members who joined the Community out ‘on missions’ to support parish work and found schools. As leader of the Community, she might seem to be a paragon of strength but, as a matter of fact, she was afflicted with a debilitating illness confining her to her room and her bed for as many years as she was General Superior. However, she continued to be an inspiration of faith and commitment. Not only was her “strength made perfect in weakness,” her weakness was perfected in the strength of God’s astounding grace. Let us pray for the unimaginable workings of God’s Holy Spirit in our hearts and minds for the gift of Magnificat bequeathed to us.
Questions to Ponder
Do I know anyone who got stronger through limitations?
How have I shown courage in a challenging situation?
Holy Spirit of God,
give us wisdom to accomplish Your Will.
Give us understanding to see the best path.
Give us courage to meet all challenges
and give us a spirit of enthusiasm in all we do.
May we imitate Mother Anna in humility, commitment and courage.