The lantern is an important symbol in the International Family of Mercy, as it represents Rosalie.
When Rosalie walked the streets of Montreal at night, she held a small lantern in one hand to light her way. She also used this lantern to visit the sick in their rooms at night.
Rosalie’s authentic lantern is on display at the FIM House Museum.
It is also said that on the night of her death, Rosalie appeared to the Sisters who were suddenly awakened in the dormitory at the same time as the single mothers. They did not recognize her, thinking she was an elderly sister. Rosalie walked around the beds holding a small lantern. During her life, Rosalie was like a small light, humble, hidden, not trying to shine and spread its brightness. Rosalie is close to the people of today. She still comes to enlighten us with her lantern.
Over the years, Rosalie has remained a symbol of light. She is a light that illuminates our difficult moments. She is a light on our path: she guides us and enlightens us.
On November 21, 2015, an important moment for the International Family of Mercy was experienced in the Rosalie Tomb Room of the Cartierville Motherhouse. Twenty-two Mission Links people have been mandated to implement innovative ways to ensure the transmission of Rosalie’s Charisma in their environment.
The Charism of Mercy, which has been entrusted to all those lay people involved in the International Family of Mercy, is a precious spiritual treasure that is dear to us and must be shared.
It is now the turn of the laity to discover, deepen, develop and actualize this charism in the face of ever-changing challenges to ensure an environment of mercy for mothers in distress, their children and their loved ones.
During this event, a lantern was given to each of the 22 Mission Link people by Sr. Monique Lallier, Superior General.
The lantern symbolizing the Charism of Rosalie, conferred by the Sisters of Mercy, is clearly visible in the various circles of the International Family of Mercy.
(Rosalie-Cadron-Jetté Center, 2016)