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Risking a dream 

It can sometimes happen that a certitude takes root in your heart…. And then, without being aware of it, without even realizing it, that certitude grows and affirms itself. You can no longer hide it, drown it out nor reduce it to silence.  And this takes place even though reason might dictate otherwise, even though it might mean radically changing your life, even if it causes your convictions or expectations to crumble…  

It sometimes happens, and it happened to L.Sr. Magdeleine.  It was July 26, 1946.  She had gone on pilgrimage to la Sainte Baume, the grotto in a mountain in Provence (France) where, according to an old tradition, Mary Magdeleine spent the last years of her life. 

At that time, L.Sr. Magdeleine acquired the certitude that the Fraternity of the Little Sisters of Jesus needed to open up, spread to the whole world and become « universal ».  It required of her an immense sacrifice.  Up until then she had only thought of a Congregation with an exclusive consecration to Muslim people. 

Perhaps it isn’t insignificant that the place where this certitude was revealed to her was a place connected with the presence of Mary Magdeleine… She herself, Easter morning, had let herself be led, going to meet the apostles to invite them to live as brothers and sisters and tell them that it was in Galilee that they would meet the Master.  Ever since that moment, L.Sr. Magdeleine invites us to go out and live in the most diverse and far away Galilees of the world to encounter the risen Lord and to encounter him in his people… 

Maybe something like that has happened to you… Perhaps you too have risked everything for a dream, for a fire that burnt in your heart and widened it to the dimensions of the Infinite… Perhaps it is happening to you right now and your life is on the brink of being transformed… 

It’s what once happened to me, when I discovered within myself this infinite desire to live my life for Jesus, with Jesus and in Jesus, by becoming part of a poor, vulnerable, loving people… Still today, when I let myself be touched by the Ruah/Spirit and I let go of my securities and rigidities… it still happens to me… 

L.Sr. Adriana