Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ spoke after lunch, her topic was: Mary of the Magnificat: A Heart on Fire. Here Mary was presented as a woman, poor and oppressed, one who will always stand beside all women, one who knows their pain. We were reminded that Mary's "YES" was not an act of submission, but freely given.
Saturday morning's session began with an opening prayer: a simplified version of Corazon del Cielo, Corazon de la Tierra - a prayer written by Helen Werner, MM. We felt even more connected after praying this prayer, as our Affiliate group is very connected to Sr. Helen and the people of the Guatemala region.
Mission Spirituality: An Adventure in Faith was Melinda Ropa's, MM. theme. She commented that while on mission one becomes a Pastoral Artisan, one who will live the Beatitudes by providing what is needed to improve the human condition; food, clean water and health care. A few verses of a song from Weston Priory, When Bread is on Every Table All will Know Jesus has Risen, strengthened the idea that life is a living sacrament, truly an adventure in faith.
The symposium was filled with the joy of celebrating Life in Mission. One hundred years of walking alongside others, giving, receiving, and living life to it's fullest. The smiles on all those in attendance were an affirmation for the Maryknoll Sisters and their ability to spread their spirit of mission, joy and hospitality. Thank you Sisters, we are always inspired and filled with your infectious spirit whenever we visit.