A Spiritual Guide

The Venerable Pierre Bienvenu Noailles

“Go often in spirit to the humble house of Nazareth”.
Pierre Bienvenu Noailles: a gift for the Church

By declaring him Venerable on 8 February 1988, the Church accepted the life and work of Fr. Noailles as a gift and acknowldeged that he has a unique role to play in the building up of the Church, the Family of God. She received him as a guide and model while awaiting the day when his beatification would cause his holiness to shine more brightly. She recognised his charism as an authentic gospel path and invited all those who seek God to follow that path because it is one capable of forning them in the image of Christ.

A reputation for holiness

Even in his lifetime Fr. Noailles’ reputation for holiness was widely acknowledged. All those who had any contact with him were struck by his magnetism. Throughout his life he had never ceased to believe. The powerful spiritual experience that sparked his conversion had forever anchored him firmly in God.

Hope is another facet of faith. Pierre Bienvenu Noailles was a man who never ceased to hope. God himself was his hope. He knew how to rely at all times on God’s mercy and this enabled him to go through the greatest trials.

It was his charity that made Fr. Noailles’ sanctity even more outstanding. “If I have not charity, I am nothing.” He never ceased to love God and his neighbout. He was all goodness, gentleness, consideration. He received with kindness and gave his friendship freely and forever.

He forgave injuries and calumny without withdrawing his trust and friendship. The simple people whom he loved to visit were never deceived because already in his lifetime they recognised him as a saint.

Fr. Noailles 1853

 

The man, the priest totally captivated by God, can be discerned.as well as his exceptional qualities as a spiritual guide. To know the secret of his discernment and natural authority and radiance we must go down to Nazareth with him.

“Go down to Nazareth” – A Way of Holiness

Fr. Noailles fixed his eyes on the Holy Family. He “went down” daily to Nazareth to contemplate the life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. What he “saw” had an indelible influence on his life. His contemplation became a source of exceptional apostolic vitality.

At “Nazareth”, Fr. Noailles discovered a family space where the love of God was the cement that united Jesus, Mary and Joseph. God had never been so perfectly acknowledged and loved as in the Holy Family of Nazareth

At “Nazareth”, Fr. Noailles contemplated the Holy Family, the “lovely image of the Trinity”, the reflection of the Trinitarian communion. The Holy Family offers on this earth the most perfect model of the love that “respects and makes worthy”.

At “Nazareth”, Pierre Bienvenu Noailles came to know the Mystery of the Incarnation. He “saw” the Blessed Trinity’s loving plan for humanity embodied in the Holy Family, in the person of Jesus, the Father’s envoy.

At “Nazareth”, he learned to live fidelity to God in the ordinariness of each day. With Jesus, Mary and Joseph he discovered that the ways of humility, poverty and obedience are illuminated by the presence of God.

At “Nazareth”, in that little family circle, the first domestic Church, he contemplated the Church in embryo. It was the acceptance of Jesus into that humble family that made possible God’s project – to gather the whole of humanity together into one and the same family where relationships would be transformed by love.

Fr. Noailles “accompanied” the Holy Family to the foot of the cross. Even if Joseph was already dead the Holy Family was no less a family. He listened to the last words of Jesus to his mother and with John the adopted son glimpsed the future family, a multitude of brothers and sisters gathered into the large family of the children of God by the death and resurrection of Jesus. In the depth of his heart he repeated the heartfult desire of Jesus, “that all may be one”, and saw it taking concrete shape in the first christian communities who had only one hert and one mind.

By following in the footsteps of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Fr. Noailles has opened a way in the Church. Who or what could prevent you, if you so wished, from “going down to Nazareth” like him? He can accompany you. “Wherever the saints go, God goes with them.”

 

Correspondance nourished by the Word of God

Would you like to know someone? Go to his or her writings. Some, of course, are more revealing than others. But if you would know the secret depths of a person go to his or her correspondence.

Fr. Noailles was a prolific letter writer. More than 3350 of his letters are preserved. A large number of them are letters of spiritual direction, nourished by the Word of God, and speak volumes about the spiritual depths of the Founder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The man, the priest totally captivated by God, can be discerned.as well as his exceptional qualities as a spiritual guide. To know the secret of his discernment and natural authority and radiance we must go down to Nazareth with him.

“Go down to Nazareth” – A Way of Holiness

Fr. Noailles fixed his eyes on the Holy Family. He “went down” daily to Nazareth to contemplate the life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. What he “saw” had an indelible influence on his life. His contemplation became a source of exceptional apostolic vitality.

At “Nazareth”, Fr. Noailles discovered a family space where the love of God was the cement that united Jesus, Mary and Joseph. God had never been so perfectly acknowledged and loved as in the Holy Family of Nazareth

At “Nazareth”, Fr. Noailles contemplated the Holy Family, the “lovely image of the Trinity”, the reflection of the Trinitarian communion. The Holy Family offers on this earth the most perfect model of the love that “respects and makes worthy”.

At “Nazareth”, Pierre Bienvenu Noailles came to know the Mystery of the Incarnation. He “saw” the Blessed Trinity’s loving plan for humanity embodied in the Holy Family, in the person of Jesus, the Father’s envoy.

At “Nazareth”, he learned to live fidelity to God in the ordinariness of each day. With Jesus, Mary and Joseph he discovered that the ways of humility, poverty and obedience are illuminated by the presence of God.

At “Nazareth”, in that little family circle, the first domestic Church, he contemplated the Church in embryo. It was the acceptance of Jesus into that humble family that made possible God’s project – to gather the whole of humanity together into one and the same family where relationships would be transformed by love.

Fr. Noailles “accompanied” the Holy Family to the foot of the cross. Even if Joseph was already dead the Holy Family was no less a family. He listened to the last words of Jesus to his mother and with John the adopted son glimpsed the future family, a multitude of brothers and sisters gathered into the large family of the children of God by the death and resurrection of Jesus. In the depth of his heart he repeated the heartfult desire of Jesus, “that all may be one”, and saw it taking concrete shape in the first christian communities who had only one hert and one mind.

By following in the footsteps of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Fr. Noailles has opened a way in the Church. Who or whatcould prevent you, if you so wished, from “going down to Nazareth” like him? He can accompany you. “Wherever the saints go, God goes with them.”