“Today is the anniversary of the founding of our Sion. It was on this day that the thought of Sion was brought down to earth, not by an angel, not by an archangel, not by the apostles, but by the Mother of God herself. Today we can consider this marvel in its fruits since you yourselves are these fruits.
Let our hearts be filled with gratitude; this sentiment must have priority over all the others. Gratitude to God!
Let our gratitude overflow and exclaim with the Blessed Virgin Magnificat!

From Théodore Ratisbonne Origins of Sion n° 4
Talks to the community and instructions in the chapel, January 20, 1854

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