our Father, You set St. Colette as an example and leader
of evangelical perfection for many virgins.
Grant that the spirit of St. Francis which she wisely taught
and wondrously confirmed by her holy example,
may ever abide in us.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
After the death of her parents, feeling called to a life of total consecration to God, Colette set out to discern her vocation. Deeply attracted by the Franciscan ideal, she made Profession as a Tertiary and then, after much difficulty, received permission from the Benedictine abbot who was her guardian to become a recluse. Living enclosed in a small anchorhold attached to the local church, Colette gave herself to prayer and penance.
God had other plans in mind for the anchoress of Corbie. He revealed to
her not only the state of the Franciscan Order but also His plan to return
it to its original fervor.
Lord showed 24-year-old Colette that she was to be His instrument,
chosen to restore St. Clare’s religious family. Human fear and
resistance yielded to divine insistence when Colette made her great act of
Dear Lord, I am Your little
she began nearly forty years of self-sacrificing labors in a land riven by
the Hundred Years’ War and the Great Western Schism.
When she died on
blessed Jesus, I dedicate myself in health,
in illness, in my life, in my death,
in all my deeds, in all my desires,
so that I may never work henceforth except for Your glory,
for the salvation of souls and for that for which You have chosen me.
From this moment on, dearest Lord,
there is nothing I am not prepared to undertake for love of You.