18th January - Day of the foundation of the Spiritual Family The Work
Witness of Mother Julia Verhaeghe, our foundress, about the foundation on 18th January 1938
She became our spiritual mother to whom we owe a great deal. After a full life of loving service and self-sacrifice, she died on 29th August 1997 in the Thalbach convent in Bregenz (Austria), where her tomb can be found.
"It pleased God to choose me according to His Will to be an instrument of His Work. I feel an urge from within to make it clear that I never had the idea or the intention of founding a ‘Work’ myself. In the situation and conditions in which I found myself, it was impossible for me to come up with such thoughts and ideas.
But God cured me of, and rescued me from, the spirit of the times, as He did others of my generations. He had lit in me a great love for the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. I have founded nothing. When Jesus Christ founded the Church, everything was founded. He just needs people to live this foundation profoundly – in the fear of God and with loving commitment."