Across the airways, highways and seaways the Congregation de Notre Dame Associates of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are living mutuality with our Sisters, mindful of the little shoot that sprouted in Marguerite’s garden in 1981 called Associate Relationship.
Leaning on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, we live “visitation” as a community, proud to bring the charism of Saint Marguerite’s light to the next generation. We are a much alive group, prayerful in solidarity with everyone and with a desire to be of service to others, while trusting and embracing the future. We are very open to internationality with a global awareness of our world and the values of justice, peace and integrity for all creation.
Marguerite Bourgeoys’ spirituality is basically Marian. Our saint wished to follow in the footsteps of the Blessed Virgin, to imitate the course of her life in all things and to go to God through her for God sent his Son through her.
This Marian spirituality centers on two particular aspects of the gospel : the Mystery of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (Luke 1:39 ff) and Mary in the midst of the Apostles, after the Resurrection of Jesus (Acts 1: 11-14; 2:1-4).
The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
With regards to the Visitation, Marguerite writes: After the Blessed Virgin had spoken her consent to the angel she was made Mother of God by the power of the Spirit. In gratitude to the Eternal Father, she immediately offered herself to correspond with the graces of His divine majesty for the redemption of the human race. She immediately made her first visit to Elizabeth.
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