|Mary Patt Pirie|
The following is a report from Regnum Christi consecrated woman
Mary Patt Pirie who attended the International Symposium of
the Pontifical Council of the Laity in Rome from October
In response to an invitation for a consecrated woman
of Regnum Christi to participate, I confirmed my attendance at
an international symposium in Rome to take place during the
occasion of the 25th anniversary of the publication of Mulieris
Dignitatem, John Paul II´s rather unique and much-studied encyclical on
the dignity and vocation of women.
Originally, someone else was
supposed to go, so my participation was a bit last-minute.
Nevertheless, I saw it as an opportunity to respond to
a call God has placed in my heart over the
last few months -- to contemplate his larger work within
the Church. And I am so glad I did. Not
only was I treated to magnificent talks from impressive speakers,
I was moved deep within myself.
After each presentation, there
was substantial time for discussion, and I was able to
learn the names and nationalities of many of the women
present, as well as the variety of services they perform
in the name of the Church, for the cause of
the true advancement of women. As they spoke -- these
Catholic women, of all ages, states of life and professional
backgrounds -- what struck me was the beauty of their
souls shining through their faces and their words. These were
women who have prayerfully pondered the divine plan for the
human race and have understood their role in its redemption.
They broach varied topics from standpoints imbued with scriptural and
magisterial depth. They are passionate about the need and the
call to bring other women to understanding. They are humble,
forthright and confident in asking the Church hierarchy to renew
and deepen this awareness.
|Maru Cárdenas, lay RC member, and Marta Rodríguez, RC consecrated woman, listening during the symposium.|
Knowing the battle for the soul
of the world is fought primarily in the human heart,
I listened to these women speak and it came to
me: the battle for the future of humanity is waged
predominately in each woman’s heart. For, as the theme of
this symposium reminded us, “God entrusts the human being to
woman” (Mulieris Dignitatem, 30). What does this mean? Each woman
is a masterpiece of God’s creative love. To form a
woman’s heart is to collaborate with Him in bringing His
masterpiece to completion.
But as every woman knows, this task
is not simple or easy. And most often it takes
a woman to form another woman. In the Church we
are not lacking for holy women, but a truly, fully
formed feminine spirituality has yet to be adequately developed. We
need Christian mothers, spiritual directors, theologians, formators and psychologists to
take up this challenge and respond to it.
For further reading
on the conference, Mary Patt provides the following links: