An important step in all causes of beatification is the Approval of the Heroic Virtues of the person concerned. For Mother Alphonse Marie this Approval was announced on 19th December 2011, when Pope Benedict XVI ratified it. Before he has received a detailed report about the phases of the process by the Apostolic Prefect, Cardinal Amato, the Congregation for the Processes of beatifications has agreed.
The Approval of the heroic virtues of a person in the cause of beatification means that she has lived in an exemplary manner the virtues of faith, hope and charity and apart from that the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude and the evangelical counsels of humility, poverty, chastity and obedience. Now she will be called “Venerable Servant of God”. She is an example for imitation and the faithful are recommended to call upon her. The announcement of the decree on the heroic virtues of Mother Alphonse Marie brought great joy to all who know and love her; as such an announcement is one of the important requirements for beatification in the Catholic Church.
Beatification itself can only follow if a miracle at her intercession can be ratified. All who appreciate Mother Alphonse Marie, are invited to wait, pray and live in the realities of our time according to her spirituality and her charism “for the glory of God and the salvation of men”
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