In honor of International Women’s Day, Dr. Mudita Menona Sodder RSCJ shares her reflection on growing up as a woman in a patriarchal society and some thoughts to empower girls.
After a year and a half of lockdown, we celebrated Mater’s feast with a Mass in the boarding school of St. Theresa Girls Hostel, where Sr. Rita Pinto RSCJ sang the hymn, "You have many portraits, Mother”.
One day, a thought captured my mind: to live for self is normal, but to live and do something for someone else is a gift from God. These words lingered on as I was choosing my way of life, and after I completed my studies, I joined the Sisters of the Sacred Heart.
Like most Catholic families, we had framed pictures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mother Mary on the altar. I experienced a deep connection with the picture of the Sacred Heart; I felt Jesus was speaking to me and was often moved to tears with the depth of this connection.
Several times I heard my parents say “Tujekhoshi jau Deva.”(May Your will be done, Oh God) Somewhere this is rooted deep down in me and helped me in my discernment. I learned to wait for God to answer.
Dr. Mudita Sodder RSCJ reflects on the meaning of the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6 and on how we can embrace the magnificence of the Divine in our everyday lives.
Communities from around the world send their greetings to celebrate St. Madeleine Sophie's Day.
Crises of unforeseen proportions, like the present pandemic, are bound to result in disruption and chaos. So the call this Easter is to lead from the emerging future.
When I look back at my life as a Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ), I realise it is God who called me.
When I chose to answer the call to religious life, I experienced a great sense of peace and trust, knowing that God was very much at work in every obstacle that stood in the way of my choice. I can only marvel at all that God has done and is still doing for me.