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
With all her strength, Mother Alphonse Marie tried to practise a more perfect life. She believed that everything comes from God is performed for God and returns to God. Mother Alphonse Marie achieved an exceptional degree of purity in life by bountifully practising Christian virtues.
During her childhood, Mother Alphonse Marie, lived the virtue of chastity by "speaking love fluently". She earnestly prayed for the grace of maintaining a pure heart and remaining a virgin until her death.
On her First Holy Communion Day, Elizabeth renewed her Baptismal Vows and begged Jesus to help remain faithful to Him. Her thoughts were focused on God, where she strongly felt His presence. She concentrated on god and wanted nothing more.
Mother Alphonse Marie's constant concern was to love God, her "Divine Bridegroom". She was constantly seeking perfection so as not to hurt God.
"To maintain my heart pure, so I reached holiness and fulfilled always and in all the will of God, I would be very happy to suffer just to achieve this". These are the words of Mother Alphonse Marie's Spiritual program as well as her spiritual progression. She did not want to be a nominal virgin but an authentic one to preserve her virginity She constantly invoked the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary and kept vigilance to protect her purity.
Mother Alphonse Marie deeply loved God in her consecrated life which made her mortification have a deeper value. She deprived herself of everything to listen to the word of God in silence.
By the grace of God, Mother Alphonse Marie maintained purity in childhood and throughout her life in all her accomplishments.
(Theologians, Rome 2009)