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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sophie's Journal - 16

In January 1807 Mother Barat "gave a conference on the way to give conferences." Unfortunately, she did not record any notes of that conference in her Journal. It would be interesting to know what she said to novices about giving conferences!
Mother Barat does mention in her Journal the different feasts for which she gave talks to the novices. St. Hilary, the patron saint of the diocese, merited a conference. Mother Barat was always interested in the local as well as the universal Church. Love of the Church was characteristic of her spirituality from the beginning.

For the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, Mother Barat explained that all their joy and consolation should be in the Divine Name of Jesus which should be unceasingly on their lips. Because the original inspiration of the Society had been drawn from the Society of Jesus, the novices should have "greater recourse to the Divine Name and pronounce it with greater devotion."

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