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    Showing Rating details. All Languages. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Colette of Corbie: Learning and Holiness. Maya chauhan rated it it was amazing Mar 21, The author allows the reader to see the development of Colette's notion of sanctity. Her "spirituality actually moves away from the mystical toward a solid piety that encourages a virtuous life. Clare's] spirituality" p. Thus, Colette's "form of sanctity is demonstrated by a set of fixed, pre-determined evidential data" p. The second part reviews Colette's letters, identifying themes and purposes and analyzing her Constitutions.

    The emphasis in her writings differs in a number of ways from the emphasis found in the vitae. In reading these letters and Constitutions, the reader enters into her connection with currents of the Observant reform and thus learns why she wanted her own Colettine friars:. An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page.

    Colette of Corbie: Learning and Holiness

    If the problem persists, please try again in a little while. Read preview. The form of life of the order of the Poor Sisters that Blessed Francis established is this: to observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, by living in obedience, without anything of one's own, and in chastity. Saint Clare, the unworthy servant of Christ and the little plant of the most blessed Francis, promises obedience and reverence to the Lord Pope Innocent and his canonically elected successors, and to the Roman Church.

    More on this next time! When the ceremony of investiture was over , the Pope personally addressed himself to the "Little Handmaid" Colette. He spoke with great affection and exhorted her to be prudent and to be a true and fervent religious. The Pope generously offered to support Colette and provide for all her needs. However there was one thing that Colette had not bargained for, and that was of being appointed Abbess.

    She had wanted to serve as a simple sister, without the position of Abbess. Colette was not pleased by this appointment but again for the glory of God she had to surrender her own will and cling to God's. This was her poverty in action: not to do her own will but the will of the One who had given her the original call and inspiration, the Lord Jesus Christ.

    The task ahead of Colette was anything but easy. Indeed it was a most formidable one. It is easier to form a foundation from scratch that it is to bring about an effective reform and restoration to an existing community. Human nature does not of itself like change; this entails insecurity and many will resist it. Ecclesiastical honours and intellectual achievements had altered their course.

    Despite the high reputation of the monastery, the fact that Blessed Isabelle had obtained permission to own property and own revenues made her way of life very different from the complete poverty which Clare had fought so hard to keep. Many monasteries followed Blessed Isabelle were called Urbanists, after the Pope who had granted the princess her exceptions. But Colette knew that for her the call was to follow in the footsteps of the Poor Christ and the humble mother, Saint Clare.

    Colette was compelled by a desire to return to Corbie, her place of birth, and begin the reform there, for the people of the town had been so much to her and indeed she had caused them pain, now she would return and share the joy of her mission with them. However, in light of all that has occurred in recent months Colette felt the growing strain and when the company reached Nevers she fell ill with a very serious fever.

    When near to death, Saint Colette had a vision of Our Lady and was restored to health. The Baroness nursed Saint Colette through all this trial while Father Henri ministered to her spirit. At Besancon Baroness Brissay returned to her home. It was a tearful parting, for she was never to see Colette again.

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    But the Baroness generously allowed her attendants to escort Father Henri and Colette onwards, homewards to Corbie! What awaited her there? We will see next. Saint Colette and Father Henri are now once more on the road again The town of her birth how much Saint Colette must have looked forward to seeing her home town, and meeting once again those familiar faces, many of whom had come to the wicket at the anchorage to ask her for prayers and counsel, she had given herself totally in prayer and penance for the people of Corbie.

    Well, we too follow in the footsteps of the Master, we follow a crucified Lord and just as our Blessed Lord had said concerning Himself, "No prophet is accepted in his own hometown", we now find true of Saint Colette — far from welcoming Colette back with open arms, she was greeted with both anger, hostility, and silence; the townspeople were indignant at her return, they who once had adulated Saint Colette and held her in high esteem Saint Colette and Father Henri went from door to door, to the dwellings of old friends The parish priest Father Guyot regretted the response of the people, but feelings were strong against Colette.

    When the two pilgrims arrived they were told that the Abbot was not in, nor would he be in. The meaning of this was clear to Saint Colette and she thanked the porter graciously and departed. How painful this rejection must have been When one considers how much the Boellet family had done for the town of Corbie and its poor. It was hard love indeed. But rejection was what the Master suffered and can we, his servants and handmaids, expect any better? That no one was going to offer them hospitality was evident and in the end Father Henri took Collette to an old abandoned quarry in the vicinity.

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    Father Henri told Colette in all simplicity this was all that he could provide for her. He would find some makeshift accommodation in Corbie and pray and wait on God. Saint Colette accepted it without any hesitation; this, to her, was a visitation of Lady Poverty, and was she not — were they not — on a mission to restore the Franciscan Order to a greater love of poverty? But was this her monastery? Was this her future? It is precisely when we think that we have come to a dead end that God enters We may be sorely tried, but we are never tried beyond our strength.

    God is good and God is merciful and He gives the gift of friendship when and where He will.

    Colette of Corbie and the “Privilege of Poverty” in: A Companion to Colette of Corbie

    They were the only two in the whole of Corbie who showed Colette compassion, understanding and support. And so the little company, Colette, Fr Henri, Marie and Guilemette, set out with this intention, but they very soon discovered once more that they were not wanted and again there was, so to speak, no room at the inn.

    Somewhat reluctantly and disappointedly the little band once again returned to the Quarry outside Corbie. In justice it should be noted that not all Poor Clare Monasteries of that period had fallen into lax ways and those that to those who had been faithful Colette was full of praise. But all was not lost! Fr Henri and the Holy Spirit were to come to the rescue! When the somewhat disillusioned little band had returned from Amiens and Noyon to Corbie, Sister Colette turned, as usual, after God, to Fr Henri for guidance and advice.

    As always Father Henri turned up trumps! Alard de Baume loved his brother Henri very much, and said he would welcome them all with open arms, but he had great personal concerns since his wife was nearing the end of her pregnancy and was very ill. Alard looked desperately at Sister Colette; would she, would they, please come and pray for his wife. The party made haste to the bedside to find Madame de Baume deathly white.

    Colette approached the good woman, took her hand, and placing her other upon her forehead slowly traced the sign of the Cross while praying upon her cold forehead. A miracle occurred: Madame de Baume showed a response, Colette then asked to go to the Chapel where she prostrated herself full length on the floor and prayed. Sorrow was turned into joy one hour later, with the sweet sounds of a baby crying.

    The child had been born safely and was perfect and Madame de Baume, although exhausted, was alive and showing signs of progress.