The 58th General Chapter of the Daughters of Wisdom
OPEN WITHOUT MEASURE!
Sr. Monique Rahier DW and Sr. Lise LeRiche DW
Four voices from four continents cry out “Widen the space of your tent!” (Isaiah 54:2). The 58th General Chapter of the Daughters of Wisdom is set in motion in Rome, Italy. Fifty-two delegates from 21 countries of various cultures and mentalities assemble with joy. The call is heard: to open our hearts for a radical shift inspired by the love of Wisdom that cannot be measured. What turn will the Congregation take that will give it impulse for the coming 6 years?
At the opening ritual, the assembly enters into the celebration by the sound of a Gong. A resounding and meaningful silence. Words of the chosen Biblical theme “widen the space of your tent!” echo in the hearts. Each delegate is called by name by the Superior General. As she responds, she signifies her commitment by fixing one of the cords of the tent set up in the chapel.
This tent has 3 pegs: Christ-Wisdom, the Founders and the poor. The tent canvas, blown up by the wind of the Holy Spirit, is brought forth by 4 Sisters from 4 continents. Will we allow the breath of Wisdom to open our heart without measure? Texts from all the continents are placed inside the tent. A candle represents all the Sisters who are in communion with us in prayer.
The delegates in procession descend into the Chapter room. The small statue of Mary that St. Louis-Marie de Montfort, our founder, has carved precedes them. Father Santino Brembilla, Superior General of the Montfort Fathers and Sr. Louise Madore, Superior General of the Daughters of Wisdom carry the statue. Humble signs suggesting the immense hope that dwells in us. To what excess of love is Wisdom calling us?
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