Planning Committee for: The 200th Jubilee of the Birthday
of Venerable Mother Alphonse Marie Eppinger
Motto: The greatness of a simple life
Celebration of 200th birthday of Venerable Mother Alphonse Marie
Spirituality of Mother Alphonse Marie
The utmost simplicity
Mother Alphonse Maria liked simplicity and practised it. People who met her, were impressed by her simplicity. The predominant characteristics of her personality are honesty, frankness, love of truth.
She persistently struggled against her biggest fault, her temper. With the grace of God,through her constant efforts she could control these character traits.
Another point is her prudence and strength when facing the greatest difficulties.
With the decision to have the noviciate and retreat in the Motherhouse at Oberbronn, she acted prudently in order to keep the unity of the Congregation. In spite of all her efforts for this unity, the bishops acted according to their own knowledge and founded separate Congregations.
She heroically practised prudence, because in her life we cannot find any action having only a pure human objective. Everything in her was orientated to God. In prayer and in contemplation she discerned to give each person what is meant for him/ her by God.
She did not want to give preference to anybody: She was concentrated on giving help to the poor and those on the fringes of the society. She was aware that the rich also have their needs. She received the many visitors, whether rich or poor, with the same friendliness.
In the care of the sick she did not make any distinction between Protestants and Catholics which was very unusual at her time and in her area.
When she was giving instructions to the sisters, she acted prudently and was balanced. She always pointed to Christ who is the centre of her life, and explained to them the Rule (of Life) which in her view, was to be the starting point in the personal life of the sisters and in the community life.
Her simplicity, honesty and love of truth was exemplary for all. In her instructions she pointed to the importance of these virtues.
(Theologians, Rome 2009)