Today, October 16, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Marguerite d’Youville (1701-1771), the foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Montreal (known as the “Grey Nuns”). A widow and mother of two young sons, Marguerite looked beyond her family, generously extending her charity to the world’s wounded people in her midst. In the broken hearts, spirits and bodies of the destitute she saw Jesus Christ. At her beatification Pope John XXIII called her “Mother of Universal Charity.”
Grey Nuns” due to the color of their habits, these tireless women were mocked and derided by society, as service to the poor was not looked upon with favor in that time. (Humorously, the word “grey” in translation can also mean “tipsy” or “drunken,” which the sisters were occasionally called in reference to Marguerite’s late husband’s bootlegging career. In humility, Marguerite chose grey as the color of the order’s habits, to remind her sisters of their humble beginnings.)
“Pope John XXIII beatified Marguerite on May 3, 1959 and called her "Mother of Universal Charity" - a well-merited title for one who continues to this day to reach out to all with love and compassion. Marguerite d'Youville can sympathize with the unfortunate and painful situation of so many orphans, with adolescents worried about the future, with disillusioned girls who live without hope, with married woman suffering from unrequited love and with single parents. But most especially, Marguerite is a kindred spirit with all who have given their lives to helping others.”
St. Marguerite d'Youville,
During your lifetime,
you opened your heart and home
to every type of human misery.
Listen now to my prayer of petition.
I count on you to plead with the God of Love
to grant the favor I seek with confidence and trust.
Gift us as you were gifted;
with ever deepening faith,
with firm hope and trust.
Let my life be for all a service of love.
Mother of Universal Charity,
your love for the poor
made the impossible possible.
Please make haste to help me.
Year 2: Day 289 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Compassionate Love for all; Service to Others.
Requested Intentions: Successful work placement, continued health (A); Grace and healing for a family (P); Healing of a father (M); Academic success for son, employment for husband and brother (B); Freedom from anxiety and panic attacks (R); Health and healing in preparation for surgery (C); Healing of a chronic illness (P); Safety of a family during storms (A); Successful home ownership (P); Healing of a marriage (M); Employment for a husband, blessings for a marriage (E); Successful examinations for a daughter, healing of a relationships (V); Blessing for a family (V); Healing of baby girl M and all children suffering (M); Special intentions (R); Business success, peace, health (E); Conversion and deliverance of those who suffer, increase in vocations (M); Financial security and safe housing (M); For a daughter (K); Conversion of a family, deliverance of the souls in Purgatory (S); Successful marriage (A); Health, safety, grace, success of a building project (A); Successful treatment and recovery from cancer (D); Clear speech for a child (C); Conversion of a family (A); Successful employment (S); For the healing of impaired vision (F); For a couple experiencing difficulties (L); Successful employment after finishing college (M); Mother’s health (A); Financial security, freedom from anxiety (S).