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
Human soul Ė ardor of Mother Alphose Marie
In the family and parish ambient she learnt to pray, live her faith, adore Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, look at the cross and unite with the Lordís passion. Gradually she came to betrothal unity with Christ. She was a contemplative woman. She lived in Godís presence and at the same time she was dynamic and concrete, she arduously sought to help suffering neighbors. She wanted to awake in them love for God, so that they could attain salvation more easily.
Among her most characteristic virtues are the honor of the Holy Sacrament and Holy Mass. She practiced it since her childhood and since first communion when she was 14. Godís servant expected everything from the Lord. She was sensitive concerning questions about the Church and the primacy of the Pope. The faith of Godís servant was shown mostly in adhesion towards God as the only one that brings salvation.
From her earliest childhood Elizabeth showed a spirit of faith which one could call extraordinary for her age. She wanted to hear about God and took every opportunity to learn about the truth of religion. She enjoyed the lessons of catechism and she permanently took great care not to forget anything she had learnt in her religious formation. Inward prayer strengthened her during the time of illness and it became the medium of deep communion with God.
From her childhood Godís servant was attracted by the things to do with God. She said she wanted to become a saint because she wanted to love God and fulfill his will.
For the obedience of faith God gave to Elizabeth his grace. Total surrender to God grew within her with age. In vows Ė evangelical counsels Ė she found its natural expression. As superior she taught her sisters to trust in God and his providence. She did this not only through word, but most of all by example.
For her, faith was not the subject of theological speculation, but she considered it as an elevation towards God and total adhesion to his Word.
The opportunities where she showed heroic faith are not missing in the life of Godís servant - firstly in the ambient of her family and parish, then in the religious community that she founded. Godís servant practiced faith believing that the Lord is a Good Shepherd for the new Congregation and is he who will help to solve problems and spiritual difficulties in her life and in the life of her Sisters.
(Theologians, Rome 2009)