Here is my (Letitia) recap of Sister Mary Madeline’s talk:
She changed the talk up a little at each location as she felt the Holy Spirit guiding her to do. I am not sure how many women noticed but Sister
Mary Michael was praying through the entire talk for all of us present at every location. She was
praying for Sister Mary Madeline to be guided by the words of the Holy Spirit which is why her
talks differed slightly. Different women needed to hear her words, stories and examples just a
little differently. Each of you may have taken away something different than what I am writing. This is because the Holy Spirit was speaking to each of us the same but differently.
At each location Sister reminded us that each of us has a little girl in us who may appear dead but
who is just asleep in us and needs to be awakened. Love is a supernatural gift that God has given
us and we must bring it to the world. However, it is impossible for us to bring this love to the
world if we have not received love. We cannot give what we do not have. She challenged us to
re-discover to whom we belong to. We are the daughters of the Most High and when we come to
know and believe this, then we know how much we are loved and then we will know how to
Sister called us to the attention of the four A’s of what each human person needs: Attention,
Approval, Affection and Affirmation. We were reminded that it is good that we just are. We
don’t have to do anything to be good. God created us good and He is happy with us, we are
special just because we are. Our wounded humanity sometimes robs or distracts us from these
truths about God and His love for us.
Sister stressed to us that we need to do away with the false beliefs of thinking that we are only
good if __________________ (fill in the blank here). Our real strength is in being who we really
are and whose we are.
She said there are three fears that we live in. It is possible that some of us
live in one or more of these fears and one or more may be stronger, but living in these fears
keeps us from living in freedom. The first fear is the freedom of failure (which is proportionate
to the belief, we are only good if ____). The second fear is the fear of being found out, which
causes us to stress and have anxieties. Lastly, the third fear is the fear of being unloved and
unlovable. Sister Mary Madeline reminded us that even though we may want to keep these fears
to ourselves and especially keep them from Our Lord, Jesus tells us that He knows the things that
we don’t want him to know. God knows us very deeply. He knows everything about us. Jesus
has to go where we are most afraid for him to go. When we allow Jesus to go to that hidden
place, that’s when He shows us who we really are. We are not what we don’t want others to
know. Our failures (big and small) do not define who we are or whose we are.
Our real strength is in being who we really are. We have to get out of the way and say to God,
your will be done. We can’t try to impose our own will and make it God’s will. And that my
friends leads us to Everyday Missionaries
God has given us people to help us. To pick us up, to help us through our difficult times. We are
meant to live in community, together as support for one another. God gave us people to receive
our support and just as importantly, to give us support. We have to have both giving and
receiving. It is through this giving and receiving in our own network of women that we came
together as Everyday Missionaries. We hope you will always be with us to give and receive with
us. Ladies, put on your RED SHOES!
For a recap of the Dupont Retreat click here.
For a recap of the Washington, Dupont and Alexandria events click here.