On September 8th, Felician Sisters will celebrate the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
(The Felician Journey: The First Fifty Years, Vol I, p. 289).
The history records the event as follows:
Late one evening, a letter was brought by private messenger. It was addressed to Mother Foundress. . . On opening the letter and reading that her Congregation was approved by the Austrian government, she began to shed copious tears. She embraced the culprit messenger [Mother Mary Joseph] and said, “Oh, happy fault which conveyed this blessed news!” Regardless of the late hour, Mother summoned her cloistered group and all sisters in the convent who gathered about her. The “Magnificat” resounded throughout the monastery.
In October of 1865, Mother Angela wrote to Sister Mary Aniela: “You probably know that the Felicians have been approved by the Austrian government. We, therefore, exist not only before God but also in the eyes of the world. See, my dear sister, how soon Our Lord has shown us mercy. Let our hearts be thankful, and let us demonstrate our gratitude by fidelity in his service.”
It is in gratitude for obtaining this approval that we make a novena of the Magnificat before the feast of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.