The origin of the real and tangible presence of God’s love here and now. Jean Chezard de Matel is remembered this month in a special way because she set the vision that has accompanied us on the road to build a world based on justice and peace so that we may be ‘recipients’ of God’s love and satisfy the hunger of the world.
Jean Chezard de Matel
In September, we remember Jean Chezard de Matel in a very special way. She was born to eternal life on September 11, 1670. She was born in Roanne, France, in 1596; she was a mystic, writer, spiritual director and theologian, at a time when women were not recognized for these roles.
Even though our Congregation was founded in 1869, our origins and our accompaniment as Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word have been guided by the prophetic vision of our very dear Mother Jean Chezard de Matel: being that real and tangible presence of God’s love here and now.
Jeanne moves us to receive the Incarnate Word the same way as Mary received him. This means that we transform our life into: bread of compassion, simplicity, generosity, building in justice and peace in order to receive God’s love and satisfy the hunger of the world.
In her autobiography and in her other works, we can see her deep and intimate relation with Jesus, the Incarnate Word. She was ‘in love’ with Jesus; her life’s passion was to love Him.
Her knowledge of the Incarnate Word in the Gospel led her to “extend the ministry of the Incarnation”. For this purpose, she founded the Order of the Incarnate Word and the Blessed Sacrament, which is contemplative as well as apostolic.
Her calling was to contemplate the Incarnate Word and then to incarnate that Word in her apostolate. And that is what we do in our Congregation: it is an answer to this calling. We contemplate in action and our action leads us to contemplate the God of Life.
Jeanne’ life was a life full of struggles, opposition, periods of darkness and of great hope. But all of this made her life so human and helped her to become the woman she became. We are grateful for all this and we continue to request her protection.
By: Sister Katty Huanuco, CCVI.