On Sunday October 4 we remember and celebrate the spirituality and good works of Venerable Suzanne Aubert known to Maori as Meri Hōhepa. It’s the one day in the year when we can take time to reflect on what this remarkable woman achieved here in Aotearoa/New Zealand and be inspired and encouraged as we hope and pray that she will soon be formally recognised by the church as New Zealand’s first Saint.
Cardinal John Dew received a personal letter last month from the president of the Causes for Saints, confirming the cure attributed to Suzanne’s alleged intercession is right now being closely examined in Rome. If the cure is accepted as miraculous, she will be beatified and known as Blessed. This will be a very significant stage on her journey to Sainthood.
One can only wonder what Suzanne Aubert would say about the COVID-19 pandemic but we know she would be working at the coalface ensuring all were cared for during this time of upheaval and stress. Her wairua lives on in the work of the Sisters of Compassion and their co-workers today.
To coincide with Celebration Sunday, the Sisters have launched a special video featuring newly appointed Bishop Michael Gielen which can be viewed here.
You will also find new resources including a video book on her life and a booklet of 35 reflections on the Suzanne Aubert website.
Please pray for her beatification and eventual canonisation. And, let us remember her constant prayer. “Thanks be to God for all He has done and is doing for us.”