the words of the Testament of our Mother St. Colette
"I beg you to bring about that Jesus is loved." St.
Colette of Corbie
is Condemned to Death
beloved daughters, the truly obedient person ought to
losing out on obedience more than some physical
after the example of our blessed Savior Jesus Christ
whom St Bernard used to say; "Remember; my
that Jesus Christ held it a dearer thing to lose His
in His bitter Passion than to lose obedience to God His Father."(12)
Carries His Cross After the
renunciation of self in full obedience,
our Savior wills that we carry the Cross every day. This is our vow of holy poverty,
the demanding cross of desiring nothing under heaven
save Him alone who carried the Cross on His shoulders
and deigned by His love to die on that Cross… (17)
Fall the First Time Let happy
penance be done before the end of this present life,for this alone,
my dearly loved daughters,can bring about full reconciliation
with the well-beloved Fatherof those for whom our merciful Redeemer
lived in most high obedience,poverty and virginity,
Himself the only Fountain of all virtues. (35)
Meets His Mother
Praise, praise all the time,
praise without end,
and love the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit;
and the most humble Virgin who bore Jesus Christ,
the holy and exalted soul of our Redeemer and
His precious Body which for us was hung upon the Cross!(52)
Helps Jesus Carry the Cross
most blessed entrance into the fertile field of Gospel perfection
is called complete renouncement of the world, the flesh and of one’s
So the blessed Son of the pure Virgin sets it forth that:
“Whoever wishes to come after Me,
let him completely renounce his very self and carry hiscross.”
Wipes the Face of Jesus
Then our Lord said: “And follow
Me.”By this I understand that we ought to follow
Jesus Christ, the Lamb without spot, a Virgin and Son of a virgin. by
of heart and body until death. O worthy and excellent virtue (of
It is impossible to understand very well your price and your value and
of your victory and to write about them.
God alone is your reward in the vision and divine enjoyment of Himself!(28, 33)
Falls the Second Time
and die truly poor, my well-beloved daughters,
as did our sweet Savior upon the Cross for us.
And if, nonetheless, few people esteem poverty,
that is for you the occasion to love it the more.(26)
Meets the Women of Jerusalem Among
all the virtues, I commend holy obedience to you first of all,
for in it is found the fullness of charity when one renders obedience
to a creature in all things for love of the Creator.
Oh, may we be able to die with Jesus on the Cross
in this virtue and to obtain life eternal!Amen!(15, 16)
the Third Time
We ought faithfully to safeguard
what we have promised;
and if we commit some fault through human frailty,
let us hasten to get up each time we fall and to cleanse ourselves
and make reparation by holy penance.And our sweet Father, during this life,
receives us back without delay in His mercy and His sweet reconciliation.
Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
O holy poverty!the clothing of our Redemption!
precious jewel!sure sign of salvation!
It is to poverty that the King gives full possession of the kingdom of
heaven which lasts forever.
O my dearly loved Sisters -- love, love, love very perfectly this noble
and most excellent virtue,loved by God and loathed by the world.(18, 20)
to the Cross
Take note, my beloved daughters, that you have been called by grace to
so as to obey in all things all the time so long as there is no sin….
For it does not suffice to obey sometimes and in certain things only,
but until death and in all things... and this after the example of our merciful Redeemer who made Himself
obedient for us right up to His death.(9)
Jesus Dies on the Cross
With the angels, praise God! Exalt Him here below in all things for the inestimable alms of the
creation of man…
and for the sovereign gift of the sacred Incarnation of our God who is
so good that,
after having created all things for us, became Himself true Man and our
most loving Brother
so as to repair everything amiss for us by His glorious Passion and
O infinite good!O
ingratitude which forgets so great a good!(46, 47)
Down From the Cross
O most blessed enclosure!O
soul hidden from everything created!
There is her only repose!O
precious and safe cloister! –
To be enclosed in a continual remembrance of the precious wounds of
Jesus Christ!(43, 44)
Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
Oh! how precious is the sepulcher of
Jesus, a sepulcher visited by the devotion of so many!
precious is your own sepulcher
in which devoted souls enter to attain their salvation.
O most blessed cloister which removed you from vice and occasions of
and which holds you enclosed in security and merit and in noble virtues!
O noble castle, strong and efficacious, of the King of the heavens! (36,