Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc


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Nun in the Sisters of Saint Regis. Novice mistress and house superior in La Louvesc, France. Superior general of her order. With Father Stephen Terme, she founded the Congregation of Our Lady of the Retreat in the Cenacle, in La Louvesc in 1826; it began in a mountain hostel for women pilgrims, and its ministry spread to the conducting of spiritual retreats. Sister Marie resigned as superior in 1838, and lived her remaining years as a humble sister.

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I have just one desire, that God be glorified. - Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc

My heart embraces the whole world. - Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc

Let me live by love, let me die of love, and let my last heartbeat be an act of the most perfect love. - Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc

All places are alike to me, because everywhere I expect to find God, who is the only object of all my desires. - Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc

What does it matter if my feet, bare and torn, fill my wooden shoes with blood? I would willingly begin the journey all over again, for I have indeed found the good God! - Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc

God always gives more than we ask. - Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc

I abandon myself with my whole heart to God’s will, and to God’s good pleasure — and when I have in all sincerity made this act of self-surrender, I experience great tranquility and perfect peace. - Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc

I could say, with you, that my heart doesn’t age in this matter of loving others…. We know well we have the same heart we had earlier; it always knows how to love God first and then others in [God]…. - Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc

I saw written as in letters of gold this word Goodness, which I repeated for a long while with an indescribable sweetness. I saw it, I say, written on all creatures, animate and inanimate, rational or not, all bore this name of goodness. I saw it even on the chair I was using as a kneeler. I understood then that all that these creatures have of good and all the services and helps that we receive from each of them is a blessing that we owe to the goodness of our God, who has communicated to them something of his infinite goodness, so that we may meet it in every thing and everywhere. - Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc

I was preparing to begin my meditation, when I heard the pealing of the church bells calling the faithful to attend the divine Mysteries. At that moment the desire came over me to unite myself with all the masses which were being said, and to that end I directed my intention so that I might participate in them. Then I had an overall view of the whole Catholic world and a multitude of altars upon which at one and the same time the adorable Victim was being immolated. The blood of the Lamb without stain was flowing abundantly over every one of these altars, which seemed to be surrounded by a light cloud of smoke ascending toward heaven. My soul was seized and penetrated with a feeling of love and gratitude on beholding this most abundant satisfaction that Our Lord was offering for us. But I was also greatly astonished that the whole world was not sanctified by it. I asked how it could be that the sacrifice of the Cross having been offered only once was sufficient to redeem all souls, while now being renewed so often it was not sufficient to sanctify them all. This is the answer I thought I heard: The sacrifice is without any doubt sufficient by itself, and the Blood of Jesus Christ more than sufficient for the sanctification of a million worlds, but souls fail to correspond, they are not generous enough. Now the great means by which one may enter into the path of perfection and of holiness is to SURRENDER ONESELF to our good God. But what does it mean to SURRENDER ONESELF? I understand the full extent of the expression TO SURRENDER ONESELF, but I cannot explain it. I only know that it is very vast, that it embraces both the present and the future. TO SURRENDER ONESELF is more than to devote oneself, more than to give oneself, it is even something more than to abandon oneself to God. In a word, to SURRENDER ONESELF is to die to everything and to self, to be no longer concerned with self except to keep it continually turned toward God. TO SURRENDER ONESELF is, moreover, no longer to seek oneself in anything, either for the spiritual or the physical, that is to say, no longer to seek one’s own satisfaction, but solely the divine good pleasure. It should be added that to SURRENDER ONESELF is also to follow that spirit of detachment which clings to nothing, neither to persons nor to things, neither to time nor to place. It means to adhere to everything, to accept everything, to submit to everything. But perhaps you will think that this is very difficult to do. Do not let yourself be deceived. There is nothing so easy to do, nothing so sweet to put into practice. The whole thing consists in making a generous act once and for all, saying with all the sincerity of your soul: “My God, I wish to be entirely thine; deign to accept my offering.” And all is said. But from then on, you must take care to keep yourself in this disposition of soul and not to shrink from any of the little sacrifices which can help you advance in virtue. You must always remember that you have SURRENDERED yourself. I pray to our Lord to give an understanding of this word to all souls desirous of pleasing him and to inspire them to take advantage of so easy a means of sanctification. Oh! If people could just understand ahead of time the sweetness and peace that are savored when nothing is held back from the good God! How he communicates himself to the one who seeks him sincerely and has known how to SURRENDER herself. Let them experience it and they will see that here is found the true happiness they are vainly seeking elsewhere. The SURRENDERED soul has found paradise on earth, since she enjoys that sweet peace which is part of the happiness of the elect. - To Surrender Oneself, by Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc, 26 June 1864

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