God be glorified! In everything and everywhere may his Holy Will
This was the consuming desire of Anne Marie Javouhey. It was
her loving response to God who had chosen, prepared and sent her to live
the Gospel and to make known his love throughout the world.
Anne Marie Javouhey was the courageous young girl who during the
terrors of the French Revolution, guided outlawed priests and catechised
the children of neighbouring villages.
She was the young woman who, at the call of God, consecrated herself
unreservedly to him, always ready to do his Holy Will. She was the
tireless apostle who attracted others by her example and who never
ceased to proclaim the Good News.
In view of the work for which he had destined her, God had bestowed
exceptional gifts on her. Anne Marie Javouhey was the strong
woman, prompt to act, yet full of wisdom, at once audacious and prudent,
enterprising and thoughtful.
Her keen mind took note of everything but grasped the
essential. As soon as she had decided on her goal, she devised the
means to attain it and set to work. For her to know the Will of
God and to do it were the same. She was a woman of action and a
But she was also a woman of delicate intuition, with an inexhaustible
goodness of heart, ready to love and forgive generously. This
love, drawn from the heart of Christ which gives sanctuary to every
human misery, attracted her towards the ignorant, the poor and the
suffering, impelling her to cross the seas in long perilous
journeys. She would have liked to be every where at once, never
content while there was suffering to be relieved and people to be saved.
Through faith she discovered the Divine Will in the signs of the
times and the contemporary needs of others, responding to them with
boundless generosity. She was at the service of all: children to
be educated, neglected sick to be cared for, slaves to be liberated,
far-distant peoples to be evangelised.
Open to contemporary thought, she often surpassed it by the daring of
her ideas and her creative genius. Convinced that God was
demanding more of her than a response to the immediate need, she
attacked evil at its root. Respectful of human dignity, she had
confidence in everyone. She was the educator who prepared people
for the future and tried to establish everywhere a better and more
christian social order. True daughter of the Church, she sowed the
seed of the young African Churches.
She did not act alone. She collaborated fraternally with all
those whom God placed in her path and whom she led by the light of her
genius. She collaborated too with all those who, inspired by her
example, had consecrated themselves totally to the service of
Christ. Everywhere, she animated communities where gospel values
were lived in preparation for the Kingdom of God.
Fortified by contact with God and refined by filial intimacy with Our
Blessed Lady, she had unlimited confidence in the wisdom and power of
God. She surrendered herself to the Divine Will, source of unity
and harmony in her life. Strong in action, serene in
contradiction, profoundly peaceful in conflict, she went ahead wholly
abandoned to the Spirit who guided her.
The Holy Spirit dwelt in her, enlightened her in contemplation,
inspired her every action and made her mission fruitful. God made
of her "a mother happy among her children".
"Her light was not put out in the night ...
She lives because her daughters, from every race and nation and
tongue, have but one heart and one soul and continue in the Church the
work the Lord entrusted to her.
She whom Pius XII beatified on 15th October 1950, has left us this
"May all my dear daughters strive to become