This Sunday, March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day. It is “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” [Taken from the International Women’s Day website: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/] When thinking about celebrating the achievements of women, the women of Maryknoll immediately come to mind – both the Sisters and Lay Missioners. For almost 100 years, the Maryknoll Sisters (and since the 1970s the Maryknoll Lay Missioners) have been working around the world providing a comforting hand, medical care, a safe place to go to school, and a multitude of other wonderful deeds to those suffering and in need.
So on a day where the world takes a look at the accomplishments of women I think the women of Maryknoll should be highlighted.
Below is a blessing written by Maryknoll Sister Elizabeth Lee, which can be found in A Maryknoll Book of Prayer.
Beatitudes for Women
Happy is she who has compassion and courage,
freedom and dignity, understanding,
sincerity and awareness.
For she is woman.