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
3. About love for God
The constant search for God
Mother Alphonse Maria experienced the love for God as a mystical love of total willingness to let oneself be converted through the Trinitarian God and to be constantly with HIM.
Further she had great longing to follow faithfully Jesus Christ which really demands generous and charitable works of love especially for the poorest.
From her youth she showed and expressed her love for God: "I want to love you, I want to love you and I want nothing else, but only to fulfil your will. Good God, give me the grace to love you, to love you just to fulfil your will always and in everything.”
In the life of Mother Alphonse Maria we can clearly see that the love of God comprises and unites all theological and moral virtues. If love is really perfect, heroic, all other virtues are also present in a heroic way.
The life of Mother Alphonse Maria characterizes a strong mystical element, and therefore she is a typical mystic of the nineteenth century; she lived the spirituality of her time in a very personal and intense way: the veneration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the immaculate heart of Mary, Eucharistic devotion, spirituality of the passion of Christ, the love for the Pope and the Church, the veneration of St. Joseph, St. Alphonsus of Liguori and Teresa of Avila. All this she experienced very intensely and personally in the form of continuous dialogue with the Lord. The most important aspect of her love for God is seen in her deep inner mystical dimension.
Her love for God has the character of mystical love. This love inspired in her the desire to follow Christ and from this love she drew the strength that encouraged her spiritual life and gave her enthusiasm to work for the poor and the sick.
Mother Alphonse Maria was constantly striving for God's love. She prayed and loved at the same time. She prayed to be able to love and she wanted to love. She prayed to do what pleases God. Therefore she could say,” It is a consolation for me and an inexpressible joy when I say only what is for the glory of God and for the salvation of man”. Her constant union with God distinguished her.
(Theologians, Rome 2009)