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The Spirit of the Assumption

Do you want to know the Assumption? Turn to the wellspring, to Father d'Alzon, since it was born of him. And yet here is our first surprise. He never speaks of it as being something he himself invented. In his eyes, the Assumption is the work of Providence which acts at once through him and through his brothers. It was born of an inspiration he received, but which was meditated upon and shared by his earliest companions. This fruit of the Spirit ripened through prayer is the charism, the spirit of the Assumption.

Like every founder, Father d'Alzon speaks the language of his time. He is a 19th-century Frenchman, bearing the mark of the social and religious condition of the France of that epoch. And yet a century later. in entirely different contexts, men can find inspiration in the spiritual and apostolic intuition that was entrusted to him to the point of making it their rule of life. For every great founder in his own day makes contact with the drama of humanity and of the world that belong to all ages.

The inception of a religious Congregation is a prolonged childbirth. The central intuition takes shape little by little. In Father d'Alzon we see it appear and then develop even during his youth. God is the sovereign Lord; humanity, created by this God, must adore him, love him, and serve him. These two convictions become the driving force of d'Alzon the young student. He notes that God and consequently religion and the Church are not only ignored but actually hated and attacked on all sides and above all by the State. He wants to be God's soldier; he will therefore defend religion by proclaiming the truth, the best remedy against ignorance.

To defend God and proclaim the truth: to these two goals Father d'Alzon was to devote himself throughout his life (cf. D.A. II. p. 75: pp. 241-242; Vailhé, Lettres I, pp. 323-325). Once these foundation stones were laid, the spirit of Assumption could be built. The Kingdom of God would be its heart, as E. d'Alzon already foresaw when he was a young priest: <<...what is left for the priest to do is to work with all his strength to establish the reign of Christ...» (D.A. II, p. 242)