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
Elisabeth Eppinger, a Servant of God, was a model obedience throughout her whole life. Obedience was her predominant virtue as a child. Elisabeth understood Godís Holy Will as expressed through the voice of her parents and spiritual director. Because of this, she began a vigorous fight against her defects of temper and stubbornness! Elisabeth knew that these faults could lead to the failure of Godís grace in her soul. She wanted to be PERFECTLY obedient!
Elisabeth deprived herself of everything to know Godís will. She prayed to God for guidance and was called to an extraordinary experience! She was steadfast in her obedience!
In the spirit of obedience, Mother Alphonse Marie followed the Rules of her Institute. Father Reichard could testify that Elisabeth was conscientious in her obedience. She was the living Rule! Elisabeth observed the Instituteís instructions with eagerness preferring the most austere practices that were repulsive to her temperament.
Elisabeth spent her entire life in total obedience. Father Reichard wrote the following statement to Bishop Rass. I repeat that everything in Elisabethís actions is complete obedience and docility of heart. This stems from her childhood to the present day.
Mother Alphonse Marie was endowed with the special gifts of obedience and humility. She was always aware of her obedience as Godís Servant. Her extremely delicate conscience kept her from offending God.
In conclusion, we can assume that the spiritual life of Godís Servant has the dimensional character of the extraordinary because of her humility and love which were guided by God. Mother Alphonse Marieís obedience was total submission to the rules of the Congregation.
(Theologians, Rome 2009)