Am I Called?
If you chose to read this section, chances are that you might be looking for something deeper than what you have experienced in life thus far. Perhaps you have a feeling of incompleteness or a desire for a deeper relationship with God. Or do you look around you at what is happening in the world and wish you could help to make a difference? Maybe this is the time for you to think about exploring religious life. How might this way of life speak to your questioning heart?
Today for many even thinking about religious life can evoke deep feelings of confusion, feelings of excitement and fear, of uncertainty and hopefulness. These feelings are natural, not unlike those you might experience in making any major life choice and commitment. What is clear is a restlessness of spirit and a longing for something more to make your life complete, a desire to belong, to make a difference in the world. Consecrated religious life is one path towards fulfillment.
Religious communities have much in common. Yet, each has a distinctive "something," a unique charism that animates and motivates its members. Charisms are gifts of the Spirit, deep insights into a particular aspect of the gospel given for the transformation of the Church and, ultimately, of the world. We encourage you to visit with us and with others to learn about religious life. During this process you might well find a community that responds to your desires. Visits, conversations, prayer and reflection play a critical role in the process of discovering a sense of "at home-ness" with a community.
As for the Daughters of Wisdom, our charism involves following the path of Wisdom who "...makes all things new. In every generation she passes into holy souls to make them friends of God and prophets." (Wis. 7.27) Our path is steeped in the quest for God and in a desire to be witnesses and bearers of hope for suffering humanity. With creative fidelity to our founders, Marie Louise Trichet and Louis de Montfort, we desire to pass on their charism through a way of life rooted in the gospel as they and succeeding generations of Sisters lived it over the past three hundred years. Ours is a spiritual journey marked by a deep desire to come to know Jesus, the Wisdom of God who became one with our humanity and, as he did, to offer compassionate care for suffering humanity.
Our mission in the Church and in the world is to give expression to the ardent love of God for our brothers and sisters. We strive to spread this mission through many different kinds of ministries, most often for people who are in great need, especially women and children. Dwelling among the people we serve, Daughters of Wisdom are present on all five continents in ministries that include health care, education, retreat centers, pastoral care, parish work, shelters, clinics, hospitals or wherever needed.
If you would like to explore further, or if you think your calling might be to live the way of Wisdom, we encourage you to contact us. A Sister will welcome you and listen to your questions. She will point out resources and with others, introduce you to our charism and spirituality, our communities and ministries. These steps will help you to discover whether or not you feel at home with our life and mission. You can count on her support to assist you in the process of determining whether or not the Daughters of Wisdom is the right community for you.
So are you ready to make a call? We’re ready to answer!
A Letter from a Daughter of Wisdom
Dear Future Women of Wisdom,
You are called to a communal living of contemplative consciousness in service of all planetary life forms. The basic needs of humanity and those most disenfranchised must stir compassion in your hearts and a firm resolve to act for justice. Children are still neglected, women still subjugated, peoples still dominated, refugees from persecution still turned away, and our environment still degraded. You will be part of a future that challenges such unjust structures by your prophetic critique and denouncement of all that degrades life.
Contemplative prayer must be an essential element of your life. It will nurture your primary call to be of one mind, one heart and one body with life and with the Cosmos, in its most profound depths and its outer manifestations. As a future leader in society, you will need to grow in an understanding of yourself as well as society’s need for an integral lifestyle: one of solitude and community, contemplation and action. You will be called upon to make more transparent the needs, values and longings embodied in creation and in her creatures who so long for respectful, empowering and healing relationships. To nurture life and healing in our world you must drink from that Source of Life in contemplation.
Structures, created in hierarchies that only advantage those in power, are a fundamental problem in societies. Wisdom will call you to create relational webs of connection and collaboration; to look for what unites peoples while respecting the richness of their diversity. A deep regard for the sacredness of our planet must inform your impetus, and imagination to create structures that share power. You will need to support new structures that demonstrate care for the mutual welfare and empowerment of others rather than the control of individuals and resources. Structures are meant to entail relationships of cooperation that function for an agreed upon common good. As a leader, you will need to keep structures flexible and mindful of their ultimate purpose, so they remain dynamic and able to facilitate the flow of creative energy.
Scientific knowledge and spiritual insights are moving toward convergence. The worlds horizons are expanding. We now know that everything in our universe is interconnected. Every aspect of creation experiences the miraculous cycle of birth, life, and transformation through death to new life. Things come in and out of existence, are formed in darkness, birthed and nurtured by Light and return to the Source. You are called to be a Christ-light for the world. When you remain conscious that all is One and are ready to serve the One and surrender to the unfolding Mystery of what is yet to be, you are a gift to our world and will be that Light, at one with others and within yourself.
You will need to act with others. In a spirit of solidarity, mutuality, and integrity. It will be essential for our planet that you invite others to an in-depth knowing that the Sacred exists in the whole of creation; integrally in body-soul, sacred-secular, spirit-matter, so that all realize their responsibility to engage the furtherance of peace, justice and the integrity of creation. While there will be those who will work for societies’ improvement, those not steeped in “contemplative consciousness” will fall short of the depth of change required. A community of like mind people will be essential to experience the rewards of giving and receiving love and learning the art of reconciliation. The challenges will be great. The rewards for such a meaningfully dedicated life immeasurable.
Our Wisdom God will always be there to guide you. She will speak to you through Sacred Scriptures, in creation, in contemplation, in each person you encounter. Listen and take time to go within to hear in depth. In the quiet of your soul, Wisdom will provide true strength and deep peace in abundance. Our world needs you and Wisdom needs you to be Her heart and hands. Are you listening? What do you hear?
Sr. Mary Stuart, DW