BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES
Diane Thibodeau DW
What boundaries? Terrestrial boundaries? Psychological boundaries? Walls and separations that humans erect between them? Taking them down can be quite a challenge. This is the challenge of the Wisdom Year for the Daughters of Wisdom. It is an intense experience of interculturality in community, in order to live the Wisdom spirituality and the mission according to St. Louis Marie de Montfort and the Blessed Marie Louise Trichet.
Is it possible to put together the wealth of each culture while developing a spirit that pushes beyond the boundaries; our own countries’ boundaries but also those that exist within us and between human beings. For twenty years now, the Daughters of Wisdom have created an audacious approach. The Wisdom Year offers this program to seven to nine Sisters from the four corners of the world. The Sisters are required to learn French since this is the language of communication. As for those who already speak it, they receive enrichment by learning another language, preferably English.
Then a period begins comprising sessions, reflection, reading, workshops and visits to the sacred founding places of our heritage. The Sisters study in depth the spirituality of the Congregation centered on Jesus-Christ, Eternal and Incarnate Wisdom. Personal accompaniment assists in the development of self-knowledge thus ensuring the continuation of the inner journey already undertaken. Community life at the international level contributes significantly to developing capacity and acceptance of others. What a wonderful way to learn to knock down walls and go beyond boundaries.
Here are comments from the participants
Lydivine (Madagascar): Living as an international community helped me to grow, to open up to other cultures. It required a lot of adaptation.
Clémentine (Madagascar) : To live in an international group is to learn to welcome and accept the differences.
Rose-Norma (Haiti): This experience was a path to openness. I learned to live with differences and creativity.
Brigitte (Democratic Republic of Congo): Beautiful experience of interior renewal and transformation! Opening up to others and accepting their differences was very enriching.
Shiny (India): It was a time to rebuild my life and to continue in peace and joy.
Jackuline (India): What a rich experience! I now know and love my Congregation better. I was impressed by the courage and the determination of the Sisters who, from the beginning restored dignity to people who were abandoned by society.
Dorothy (Malawi): Wisdom Year, a time of grace! I have grown in awareness of my responsibility to work for the Congregation and for the Church as a witness to the love of Wisdom.
May this momentum of the Wisdom Year push each one to dare « let ourselves be challenged to the point of reconfiguring our ways of being and working together, realizing that we are always evolving on our journey. » (General Chapter Orientation 2012)