Archive for the ‘Marie Madeleine’ Category

FCJ Pilgrimage – Issoudun

July 29, 2015
The Hospice of St Roch

The Hospice of St Roch

Marie Madeleine lived in Issoudun as a teenager and among the stories that we are familiar with from this period of her life is one about how she used to visit the sick in the hospice of St Roch. Visiting there you see an image of the women at the foot of the cross carved into the wall outside, and inside is a striking statue of Mary Magdalene clinging to the foot of the cross. Seeing these images I couldn’t but be led to consider the impact they would have had on Marie Madeleine’s spirituality and understanding of herself.

Mary Magdalen

Mary Magdalen

‘The cross will be our rallying point’

‘My name is Magdalene. I will follow my patron saint who so loved Jesus, … as to accompany him in his journeys and labours, ministering to him even to the foot of the cross with the other holy women who did not like the apostles, abandon him, but proved to be his faithful companions…’

Equally as striking is the large modern statue of Mary at the foot of the cross which is in the sanctuary and frames the altar at the Church of the Sacred Heart in the MSC centre where we stayed.

This image shows Mary holding one hand up towards the pierced side of her Son, whilst her other hand faces outwards. Mary is depicted as a strong and still, she doesn’t shy away from the suffering. Instead she appears to be receiving from Jesus, and giving. To me it is as though His life is flowing out through her to others.

Perhaps this is a helpful image for each of us as disciples… that of placing ourselves in such a way that Christs life can flow out though us to the world. 


Holy Thursday Prayer

March 28, 2013

chapel Holy Thursday

This picture was taken in the Chapel in our new community in London. We prayed today, Holy Thursday, with the Church and with our FCJ Sisters throughout the world that the thirst of Jesus may touch our hearts and lives, leading us to hand over our lives with generosity and faith to one another and to all to whom we are sent. 

God’s faithfulness will never fail nor will he ever withdraw his love. FCJ Constitutions 229



Holy Thursday – The day the FCJ Society was founded

March 28, 2013

Holy Thursday is a special day for all of us who live the FCJ Charism  – it’s the day when the Society began. After years of questioning and discernment Marie Madeleine knew in her heart that this was what God was asking of her. And she said YES.

That YES is significant – without her choice, her agreement, her willingness to take the consequences, the Society would have remained only a holy idea. In any discernment there comes a point where we have to CHOOSE, we have to have the COURAGE to take a step. We may not be certain, the way may seem hidden or difficult, but like Marie Madeleine there comes a moment of trust that God is with us, that Jesus is our companion, and we are called to respond.



‘That night, Holy Thursday, 30th March 1820, holy in its moving commemorating of the institution of the Eucharist, Marie Madeleine watched before the Altar of Repose. As she dwelt on the great love of her Lord on the mysteries of his paschal meal, passion and death, she gave him her heart, her soul and her entire being, consecrating herself at the foot of the cross to the work for which God had been so long preparing her. In this hidden way, in the silence of her heart, the Society of the Faithful Companions of Jesus was born. 

(Marie Madeleine) and her future companions would be women Jesuits, companions of Jesus, sharing by divine gift his spirit, his heart ad his mother. The Lord himself would be their founder and director, Mary their mother and superior. In complete self forgetfulness they would spend their lives for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. Their rule would be that of St. Ignatius. Poverty, humility, obedience and gentleness were to be their inseparable companions leading them to  reflect, in so far as human weakness allowed, the life of Jesus. (God’s Faithful Instrument – P Grogan fcJ)


March 12, 2013

conclave_2506270bAs the conclave to elect our new Pope begins let’s all pray that the Holy Spirit will inspire the Cardinals and guide them to the right choice for today’s Church and world.   What an historic moment in the Church’s life and ours!

God’s gentle presence through the Sacrament of the Sick…

February 7, 2013

Recently we were called to the bedside of a dear friend of our community who is seriously ill in hospital.  We were asked to be present when she received the Sacrament of the Sick.  Within ten minutes of being called we were on our way to the hospital.  I found it deeply moving to be present at such a solemn time as our friend prepared herself for the final stage of her journey of life.  God’s presence in the room was tangible and so comforting.  Despite our sadness there was consolation in the knowledge that God was there tenderly drawing this brave, faith-filled woman home…


January 11, 2013

When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.

Howard Thurman.

Let the work of Christmas begin! Let’s begin it together!


December 29, 2012

I love these words from the Christmas song: ” Star Child” written by Carlton R. Young.  These words express the longing that I am sure we all have that our whole world can be transformed into a place where everyone and indeed the whole of creation can live a full life  with justice and peace…That surely is one of the points of Christmas  – what we Christians understand as the longing for the Reign of God.  May the Reign of God arrive for all of us…and may we all do our part to make it happen!


October 4, 2012

In less than a week the church will declare the beginning of the Year of Faith – what a great opportunity for us all to stop and reflect on how we live our lives as women of faith.  I hope I can use this time to think about my faith and even more importantly to recommit myself to witnessing to the Gospel and to helping to build the reign of God.  Any opportunity to spread the love of God is a good one – let’s grasp this one and live it fully!


September 22, 2012

Later today 22nd September 2012, the mortal remains of Marie Madeleine our foundress will be re-interred in the Church of St Dominique, Paris.  This has been a long journey home for Marie Madeleine whose body was taken to England in the early part of the last century when religious were no longer welcome in France.  FCJs throughout the Society are united in heart and spirit as our foundress is once more laid to rest in the land of her birth.  Knowing her deep love for the Eucharist it is so appropriate that her remains will forever be in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  We give thanks for Marie Madeleine’s life and vision and for the FCJ Society.  May we continue to live our Charism fully – today and always.


September 13, 2012

This week I am fortunate enough to have two opportunities to spend time sharing on scripture in our local parish group – our Basic Ecclesial Community.  The first opportunity was last Tuesday when four of the sisters from our community took part in a sharing on one of Jesus’ miracles.  This sharing takes place every week for the month of September – which is always “National Bible Month” here in the Catholic Church in Indonesia.   The theme this month is Jesus’ miracles.  My second opportunity to explore the scriptures in a group will take place later today when I join our weekly Women’s Bible Group.  In the women’s group we take the reading for the coming Sunday and pray and share on them.  I really love sharing on scripture and I especially love being part of the women’s group.  What joy to open up the scriptures and to grow in faith and love of God through sharing with others.