Sisters, I have felt a call rising; have you felt it too?
Whenever I read the quote above the call reverberates down to my soul.
It is no secret that the devil hates women, just look at the weapons he is wielding against us: contraception, porn, abortion, abuse, sickening standards of beauty, the lie that to be equal to men we have to be just like them but somehow also better. But we already know that victory over all these things is ours, in Christ, who, through the “fiat” of the Queen of Heaven and Earth, entered into every shadow and corner of our human existence, bringing His healing and glorious light.
The enemy fears the day when you and I, following in the footsteps of our powerful Mother, will cast off his lies and empty promises and choose Truth and Goodness and Beauty as our uniting force. The day when together, with one resounding voice we cry out, “Enough! No more!” and step into our inheritance as women, shouldering both the glory and the immense responsibility that comes with it.
Sisters, the time has come for that seemingly far off day to become a reality. We cannot allow the devil’s lies to bind us from achieving the true power of our vocation as women anymore, souls are at stake.
The disgusting disease of duplicitous abuse which has been allowed to take root and fester in our beloved Church demands our fierce motherly care and attention. Many of those who vowed to protect and defend the children of God have gravely failed us; they have handled their failure with cowardice and by shifting the blame, and so we will step forward to protect and defend. As the details of the widespread abuse continue to come to light it has become clear that reform must be demanded unrelentingly until there is clear, measurable change.
Action must be taken.
We will act from our mission as the baptized laity, sharing in the priestly, prophetic, and kingly roles of Christ. We will sacrifice out of love for our brothers and sisters, offering each sacrifice along with Christ’s perfect sacrifice on the cross. We will hold fast to the truth of the gospel, bearing it into the world through our words and deeds. And we will strive to rule over our own sinfulness, in order to better serve Jesus Christ, present in each one of our brothers and sisters.
We will act from our unique vocation as women. We will express genuine empathy, the kind that requires your soul to stretch and expand to make room for another soul to be held safely within, to those who have suffered because of this betrayal. We will seek to see past the hurt and brokenness to the unique soul of each person who has been affected in this crisis. We will be attentive to every small voice that has hitherto been ignored or silenced or deemed unimportant or uncorroborated. We will stand guard while the victimized find their own voice again and stand with them in support when they are ready to speak out for justice and healing.
We will use our gifts to build a culture of love, dignity, justice, humility, transparency, communion, and service.
We will continue the legacy of Deborah and Judith and Esther and Elizabeth and Mary and Martha and Agnes and Cecilia and Edith and Monica and Catherine and Dorothy and Teresa and Zelie and Gianna and Chiara and Maria and Faustina and Joan and Therese and Flannery and all the holy women who have gone before us.
We will be unflinching bearers of Christ’s love and healing to our Church and our world.
The hour has in fact come.