I share this email received 5 days ago with a very sad heart…
Greetings from Pittsburgh! We will be celebrating Jennifer’s birthday on Monday. This past year has had its joys and its many health challenges. As Jennifer starts a new year of life, we continue to pray that we increase our faith in God’s Providence.
As we near the end of 2019, we want to thank everyone for the great support you have shown us, and the Cause for Elisabeth Leseur we have collectively been working to advance. Joe and I have come to the difficult decision to bring our work on the cause for Elisabeth Leseur to a halt. Despite twice traveling to France to petition the Diocese of Paris, they continue to reject all our efforts. With no way to move forward, we have decided we want to use the precious non-working time we have in more constructive ways. We will continue to maintain ELCause.org and share out significant updates through the website, but we will stop posting prayer requests, monthly reflections and offering prayer cards. The Catholic Church’s lack of support for this lay initiative has impacted us both, draining our energy and our resources. We believe that God, and the Diocese of Paris, know where to find us when it is finally time to move forward with the cause. In this decision we place great trust in Divine Providence. We are sad but at peace, and hope you can understand we gave our absolute best effort for more than three years.
For a short final reflection, we have chosen some words Elisabeth wrote about Divine Providence and surrendering herself to it as part of a letter to Sr. Goby.
November 7, 1911
How beautifully you speak of our beloved heavenly home. There are times I yearn for it; then I tell myself that I must be completely flexible in the hands of divine providence, fully surrendered to the good God, knowing that whatever he sends me is good: joys or sufferings, sickness or health, life or death.
With our gratitude and prayers,
Jennifer and Joe