On this day in 1816, Julie Billiart died at the age of 65. She was canonized a saint in 1969. St. Julie’s life work was to bring God’s goodness into our world through the many good works she performed throughout her life. Most notably, she founded the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Belgium) and is considered the spiritual mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame (Germany). You can hear more about St. Julie’s story here. You can see her portrait in the foyer of our school building.
St. Julie suffered extreme physical and emotional hardship in her personal life including persecution during the French Revolution. In spite of all this, she proclaimed a hope-filled philosophy of life grounded in her belief in God’s infinite goodness. Here are two frequently quoted sayings of St. Julie that have been inspirations to many of us at NDA. Perhaps these offer points of reflection in your Easter week journey.
“Be like the sunflower that follows every movement of the sun and keep your eyes always turned towards our good God.”
“Our charity must not be limited by the love we have for one another. It must make our hearts as wide as the world.”