On Sunday 22 May Pauline Jaricot will be beatified during a mass celebrated at 3 pm in Lyon-Eurexpo, transformed for the occasion into a cathedral. It will be chaired by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Here are seven ways to spiritually associate with the event.
13,000 people are expected in Lyon on May 22 to attend the beatification of Pauline Jaricot, a laywoman from Lyon, founder of the Work for the Propagation of the Faith, which would later become the Pontifical Mission Societies (OPM) at the request of Pope Pius IX in 1862. His canonization process was initiated by Pius XI in 1926, and led to the recognition of his heroic virtues by John XXIII in 1963. On May 27, 2020 the Congregation for the Causes of Saints announced the beatification of Pauline Jaricot after the attribution of a miracle, the healing of Mayline Tran.
On the day of his beatification, about fifty French bishops will be present, as well as 2,000 foreigners (the Opm have a hundred delegations abroad). If you cannot go there, it is still possible to join in prayer at the mass that Blessed Pauline Jaricot will make of the “mother of the missions”.
1Pray nine days with Pauline Jaricot
Pauline Jaricot’s life finds its balance between action and prayer. “I am made to love and to act, my cloister is the world”, she liked to say when she testified to her vocation. A woman of action and dedication to the poorest, prayer nevertheless nourishes her daily life. Mgr. Georges Colomb, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies, said of her: “It is a subtle mix between Joan of Arc and little Teresa, a fighter and contemplative. Why not enter her school and pray with her for nine days? Revision Magnificent he has just published a novena which proposes to deepen, every day, an aspect of Pauline spirituality.
2Discover the life of Pauline Jaricot
To enter her school, it is impossible to ignore the life that Pauline Jaricot led. A life marked by a dazzling conversion at the age of 17, after a sermon on vanity, and by her commitment to the service of the poorest. Very soon Paolina felt the call to alleviate the misery of the people around her, in particular that of the canut, these workers specialized in silk processing, and she multiplied the initiatives to come to their aid. The biographies of Catherine Masson (Cerf) are very complete. We will also mention the book of our columnist Henri Quantin, Pauline Jaricot, marmitonne de Dieu (Cerf). Finally, for the little ones, two recent books trace the life of Pauline: the comic Aimer et act (Plein Vent) and the fictionalized biography La lyonnaise au petit sou (Pierre Téqui).
3Immerse yourself in the writings of Pauline Jaricot
Pauline has written extensively since her youth. Mame recently published her spiritual writings in the book Infinite Love in the Divine Eucharist. Meditations on the Eucharist that sound like a declaration of love to Christ. She reveals her missionary ardor also in the work Le Rosaire Vivant, which collects her meditations on the mysteries of the Rosary (Lethielleux).
4Make a gesture of charity
One of Pauline’s very first missions is to take small steps to help those most in need. She sets aside jewelry and glitz to wear simpler clothes and goes to meet her father’s workers. The misery of their condition touches her deeply. Through prayer and numerous gifts, she allows them to live with more dignity. A gesture of homage on the occasion of her beatification could consist in making a gesture of charity towards one’s neighbor, in particular the poorest, the weakest, the most abandoned.
5Go to a place that holds his memory
Why not make a pilgrimage in honor of the Blessed Pauline, going to one of these places that preserve her memory? She was born and died in Lyon, she rests today in the church of Saint-Nizier, at the altar of the Virgin in the south transept, the same church where she experienced her conversion after the sermon on vanity. Her heart is in the Saint-Polycarpe church in Lyon. It was in the chapel of Notre-Dame de Fourvière that she made a private vow of chastity on Christmas day 1816. Halfway up the hill she founded the Maison de Lorette, a community of pious maidens, which today welcomes pilgrims from all over the world.
6Follow the beatification live
You will have the opportunity to follow his beatification live from Lyon on KTO on Sunday 22 May at 3pm.
7Recite the prayer to ask for a grace through Pauline’s intercession
you came to earth so that men
have life and have it in abundance.
To this work that is yours, Pauline-Marie Jaricot
it gave itself entirely.
He established the propagation of faith for
the multitudes who do not know Life,
the Living Rosary for those who do not have it
not in its abundance.
Blessed Pauline Giaricot,
you who have dedicated your life to spread the kingdom
of Christ in serving God and men,
intercede for us
and may God deign to grant us the grace that we do