“God coming to love us”: Madeleine Delbrêl

What a beautiful reflection was featured yesterday in Give Us This Day, in a passage by Madeleine Delbrêl! Here’s just a snippet:

Each tiny act is an extraordinary event, in which heaven is given to us, in which we are able to give heaven to others…. Whatever it is, it’s just the outer shell of an amazing inner reality: the soul’s encounter, renewed at each moment, in which, at each moment, the soul grows in grace and becomes ever more beautiful for her God.

Is the doorbell ringing? Quick, open the door! It’s God coming to love us. Is someone asking us to do something? Here you are! It’s God coming to love us. Is it time to sit down for lunch? Let’s go — it’s God coming to love us.

That’s Delbrêl in the photo. I’d not previously heard of her. She’s identified by Give Us This Day as a French laywoman and social worker who died in 1964, at the age of 60. I’d like to learn more about her.

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  1. Madeleine Delbrêl, who lived from 1904 to1964, was a French Catholic lay woman, founder of équipes (small core groups) of women living simply in community; she was an advocate of dialogue with the Communists as well as a peace advocate. One book of her articles is “We, the Ordinary People of the Streets.”

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