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The Cause of Fr Jean-Claude Colin

Founder of the Society of Mary

Fr Jean Coste speaks to Fr Colin    

Source: jeanclaudecolin.org

Society of Mary General House, Monteverde, Rome

Monteverde, Rome, 25 June 1990 - the bicentenary year of the birth of Jean-Claude Colin

Jean-Claude Colin, having been asked to speak of you on this bi-centenary, I have said precious little about your person. But did you really expect me to? Something tells me that speeches about Colin never pleased you very much.

Fr Jean Coste SM

On the other hand, you spent your life fighting for a Society in whose future you believed. You traced it with features marked by your time. Forgive us if at times we are very far from it, but what you wanted we still want today.

This body, which you passionately loved, we intend to bring alive. For this we will be helped by that profound vision which encouraged you: that of Mary support of the Church at the beginning and at the end of time.

But our appointment with you is not at the end of time, it is today; today we need to reweave the web of a life in society which expresses not what we ourselves want, but what God and Mary wanted and want from you and from us. All during your life you had a certain idea of the Society of Mary.

Help us, after so many changes, to remain in communion with it, to accept that God can speak to us through the poverty of your person and your work. Help us to understand that a word spoken yesterday may still resonate in hearts today, that a body born yesterday may find within itself the energies of a new youth.

No, Colin, you are not dead. In keeping with your promise, come out of your tomb from time to time to tear up the papers we write about you and bring us back to the love of your Society.

And, while you rest in that tomb, let us repeat the words written there by this Society: Pater, ora pro filiis. Father, pray for your children. Amen.

Prayer for the Beatification of Fr Jean-Claude Colin

God our Father, in your servant Jean-Claude Colin you gave your people a zealous priest and religious founder dedicated to serving the Church in the spirit of Mary. We ask you for the glorification of your faithful servant in the midst of your Church and to grant us those miraculous favours which we ask through his exclusive intercession: .....................[your intention]…………….

This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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With ecclesiastical approval

If you receive any grace through the intercession of Venerable Jean-Claude Colin, please communicate the information to:

Fr Carlo-Maria Schianchi SM,
Padri Maristi
Via Alessandro Poerio 63, 00152 Rome, Italy

Email: postulator@maristsm.org

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