For over sixty years Sophie wrote thousands of letters and hundreds of conferences. In them, she encouraged her sisters and friends to a stronger love of God, to deeper trust and prayerfulness and greater generosity and zeal in their response. So I have been searching through a calendar of quotes, to try and find the most appropriate ones, to let her speak to us about Jesus. And I came across this one, written when she would have been my age, to one of her earliest companions in the Society. Given what has gone before, it seems a most appropriate way to end this post:
I should be speaking to you about Our Lord, but it is perhaps better for us to be thinking of him in the silence of our hearts and so preparing ourselves for a deeper knowledge and a greater love of him.
Amen, and may each of us today, finding that silence and stillness in our hearts, grow in our knowledge and love of Jesus, so as to communicate his love to those we meet. And then let us celebrate the life of a true woman of heart, a woman of passion, generosity and single-heartedness, who gave herself totally to the God who is love.
Happy feast everybody!