Sisters of Life inspire women to be agents of love
|Sr Maria Anne Michela SV is presented with cakes handmade by students at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus.|
More than 300 women of all ages have spent an afternoon deepening their faith and prayer life with the New York-based Sisters of Life at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus.
The Women’s Afternoon Retreat on Wednesday 14 December included Mass, celebrated by Bishop Peter Comensoli, two seminars run by the Sisters and Adoration in St Benedict’s Church.
The Sisters of Life, who ran the University’s Life and Love site during World Youth Day 2008, were founded by Cardinal John O’Connor of New York to advance the cause of human life and care for pregnant mothers.
Notre Dame Chaplaincy Convenor Jessica Langrell said it was exciting to see so many women from all walks of life attend the event.
"We definitely had more than 300 attendees, which was wonderful, and people kept pouring in throughout the day as well," Ms Langrell said.
Sr Antoniana Maria SV said the Sisters of Life hope the women who attended the retreat come away with an understanding of their value in the eyes of God and the importance of their role in the fabric of society.
"We just want them to know that they are deeply loved by the Father in Heaven and that through the power of the recognition that they are loved by the Lord, they can become beautiful agents of love, first for their families and then for all those that they meet," Sr Antoniana said.
Notre Dame student Chantal Khoury was moved by the presentations given by Sr Mariae Agnus Dei SV and Sr Maria Anne Michela SV.
"I was inspired by their discussion of femininity and how much life is about being God’s daughter," Ms Khoury said.
"We must give God thanks for the strength we have as women and realise how important femininity and motherly care is, especially in today’s society."
The Sisters of Life believe that women everywhere face similar challenges in balancing their complex roles in contemporary society as career women, as well as daughter, spouse and mother.
"A woman’s identity rests in loving and being loved and so the challenge of being a saint in this day crosses all boundaries of culture and race and socioeconomic background," Sr Antoniana said.
"The challenge of being a saint in this world truly is universal, and the universal response is Jesus. He is the answer to the question of every human heart. He provides the grace for us to love as authentic women in any age."
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