Spirituality is the only way to live and express our Faith as Sisters of the Good Shepherd, both active and contemplative. Our Spirituality itself flows from the rich inheritance of St. John Eudes and St. Mary Euphrasia.
For St. John Eudes, the heart of spirituality is incarnational, focused on Christ, the Incarnate Word. Through our contemplation of Christ, we allow the Spirit to form Jesus within us. All this requires an absolute trust in God’s mercy.
St. Mary Euphrasia saw God’s tender mercy in the face of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and in a profound respect for each person. her zeal was universal. She relied completely on God, nourishing this trust on her love for the Eucharist and contemplation of the deep and full love of the hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Our spirituality and our identity express themselves as mercy, compassion, reconciliation, justice, welcoming and loving service. Bearing in mind the principle that each person is loved by God in a unique way, today more than ever, we see the value and interconnection of all creation. We should provide a privileged place for those excluded by globalization forces, mainly women and children.
As St. Mary Euphrasia said, “our zeal should embrace the whole world.”
“General Principles of Formation”
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd
Rome, November 2001
Following Jesus the Good Shepherd, our constant model, our spirituality is Christ-centered. St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, foundress of the Good Shepherd Sisters, is our dynamic model in this life of discipleship. Her deep faith and great love for God and neighbor have given us a legacy of compassionate love and zeal for the salvation of souls. Her words, uttered over a century ago, still ring true for us in this Third Millennium: “What are we doing in this world, why are we here if not to contribute to the salvation of our brothers and sisters?”
Her “three inseparable devotions”—to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to the Eucharist, and to Mary, “she who forms but one heart with Jesus”—are also a precious heritage of Good Shepherd spirituality.
In the living out of this spirituality, we try to witness to the inherent worth of each person, hoping that our relationship with each individual be for them an encounter with the compassionate and loving Shepherd.
St. Mary Euphrasia reminds us that we have a heart created to love and with this love, our zeal “can embrace the whole world,” for “a person is of more value than a world.”