20131111 Mystic suffered 50 years 五十年的痛苦

Marthe Robin was born on March 13, 1902, in Chateauneuf de Galaure, France. In May 1918 she began to experience painful headaches. As Marthe’s illness progressed, her spiritual life blossomed. On Oct. 15, 1925, Marthe felt inspired to make an “Act of Abandonment to the Love and the Will of God.”
In October 1926 Marthe spent three weeks in a coma. She experienced three apparitions of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. The saint revealed to her that she would not die yet, but recover and extend her mission throughout the entire world.

Suffered with Christ
On March 25, 1928, Marthe’s legs became completely paralyzed. Henceforth she was bedridden for life. From 1928 to 1981 she experienced the grace of total abstinence from all food and drink, and she did not consume anything except Holy Communion. In addition to her absolute fast, she entirely ceased to sleep.
On Feb. 2, 1929, Marthe lost the use of her hands, which she had offered to the Lord. She learned to write with a pencil in her mouth. She remained in an uncomfortable and unchangeable position, without drinking, without eating, and without sleeping, for more than 50 years.
Towards the end of September 1930, Jesus appeared to Marthe and asked her, “Do you wish to be like Me?” Marthe consented to the request of Jesus.
In early October Jesus appeared to her and gave her the stigmata. She bled from her hands, her feet, and her heart. Later Jesus imprinted His crown of thorns on Marthe’s head. On the Friday after receiving the stigmata, she began to relive the Passion of Jesus.
People started coming to see her. The apostolate of welcoming visitors would continue for 50 years, until the end of her life. A visitor would wait in the kitchen in the company of Marthe’s mother, then enter her room and chat with her. Marthe would send the gifts given to her by visitors to the poor and to missionaries.
Marthe suffered in her body. She suffered great physical pain each time the bed linen had to be changed. She suffered in her heart to see that her parents were tormented by not being able to do anything for her. Above all, she suffered in her soul because of the sinfulness and lukewarmness of mankind.
Every week Marthe relived the Passion of Christ, beginning with the agony on Thursday night. The torment continued from Thursday night throughout the whole of Friday. She relived all the scenes of the Passion.

Inspired projects
Marthe was inspired to build a Christian school for girls. Most of the priests thought the idea was “crazy” because the area was dominated by freethinkers. It took two years for Marthe to convince her spiritual director to take the first step for the project.
Finally, on Oct. 12, 1934, the Chateauneuf de Galaure school was opened. Today there are two secondary schools and an agricultural school, with a total of about 1,000 students.
Another project Marthe was inspired to undertake was the “Foyers de Charite” (Houses of Charity). They are retreat houses built and organized by consecrated lay people and directed by a priest.
The first retreat took place on Sept. 7, 1936, preached by one of Marthe’s close friends, Father Finet. By 2006 there were 75 Foyers in 41 countries.
After 50 years of suffering in union with Jesus for the conversion of souls, Marthe died on Feb. 6, 1981.
“Oh Virgin Mary, let me each day be more docile, more patient, more simple; unnoticed and forgotten. I do not ask that God bring about in me things that are visible, but only that I be a small, lowly child, sweet and humble of heart,” said Marthe.

蔓薘.洛嬪在1902年3月13日生於法國一個小市鎮,沙托納.德加洛爾。1918年5月,蔓薘開始感到劇烈的頭痛。當她身體病痛加劇時,亦是她靈修盛放之始。1925年10月15日,蔓薘甘願自我棄絕,把自己交託在天主的愛和聖意中。

翌年十月,蔓薘昏迷了三個星期;期間,聖女小德蘭給她顯現了三次,告訴她尚不會死,還要領受更廣的使命,向普世發放訊息。

與基督一起受苦

1928年3月25日,蔓薘.洛嬪雙腿不能動彈,從此與睡床結下不解之緣。1928年到1981年,蔓薘不進任何飲食,只領聖體;後來甚至完全不能入睡。

1929年2月2日,蔓薘雙手失去活動能力,她早前曾將雙手奉獻給天主。她學習用口唇含著鉛筆寫字。蔓薘.洛嬪依著同一姿勢,不吃、不喝、不眠,差不多五十年之久!

次年9月下旬,耶穌向蔓薘顯現,問她說:「你願意更像我嗎?」,蔓薘表示「願意」。10月,蔓薘接受耶穌五傷,手腳及胸口流血,蔓薘又接受了耶穌頭戴茨冠的恪傷。後來,每逢週四,蔓薘先澈夜領受耶穌山園祈禱時候的痛苦,然後週五整天,都經歷耶穌苦難的劇痛,把耶穌當年的苦難,完全活現出來。

世人開始接踵探望蔓薘,直至她離世的一天。先由蔓薘母親在廚房接待訪客,蔓薘在房間內陸續接見談話。蔓薘把訪客送來的禮物,悉轉送貧窮的人或傳教士。

蔓薘.洛嬪受著身體痛楚的煎熬,她父母對女兒所受的苦,一籌莫展,難過萬分,蔓薘看在眼內,亦痛在心裡。使蔓薘感到更難受的,就是看到那些負罪和冷淡的靈魂。

啟發的建設

蔓薘受天主啓發,提出設立一所天主教學校,教育女學生,但充斥著自由思想主義的沙托納.德加洛爾小鎮,讓神父們認為她的想法屬於天荒夜談。最後,蔓薘用了兩年時間,說服自己的神師,作出籌辦天主教女校的第一步。1936年10月12日,沙托納.德加洛爾天主教女校開始上課。今天,沙托納.德加洛爾小鎮有兩間天主教中學,一間天主教農業學校,約有學生一千人。

蔓薘另外提出,設立「愛德靜所」的退省地方,由獻生的平信徒籌建和主理,並有一位神父指導。1936年9月7日,舉行第一次「愛德靜所」退省,蔓薘的摯友、斐肋神父首作講道。到了2006年,共有七十五間靜所在四十一個國家。

為了人靈的歸化,蔓薘.洛嬪分擔基督的苦痛五十年,在1981年2月6日逝世。她曾祈禱道:「童貞瑪利亞,幫助我每一天變得更加溫馴、更添忍耐、更形簡樸;讓我不為人所知、被人遺忘。我不求天主為我帶來顯赫的事,我只願成為祂的卑微小孩,擁有一顆謙善的心。」

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