Women that encounter God and dedicate their lives to witnessing their relationship with Him, whether religious or lay, respond in numerous ways. The ways vary with time and place as does the type of response these creative women give to their call. Indeed, there is great diversity among the women of our inquiry.
Christine McGrievy, a laywoman, has dedicated her life to a new and particular type of service. She lives with the mentally disabled, many gravely so, and creates human contact where love and total acceptance of the other are able to transform relationships that are difficult and almost always unrewarding. Space must also be given to an original medieval writer of spirituality, Margherita Porete, who died on the stake. She is the author of one of the most important mystic writings in Christian culture, “The Mirror of Simple Souls”. This writing was circulated without the author’s name but was later taken up and developed by Meister Eckhart, and after him by German philosophers. Another example of feminine excellence are the often newly converted Korean women who dedicate themselves to a life of prayer and charity in a community consecrated to Mary. It is here that these women find a dignity which has been denied them by the local culture.
Because of a similar and shared faith women have found many different ways to transmit the love of God to others through charity, service and word since they themselves have known and received such love with enthusiasm and intensity. Women that are capable of responding to the needs of the time and place in which they live, and seeing in each situation the occasion to give witness to their Christian identity, are a lived model of evangelization. And such a model is very important because, as the Methodist Sarah Frances Davis says, “it will be the evangelizers who are placed under the microscope, not the processes, not the programs, nor the plans (...). People want to know that what the evangelizers are advertising has already worked in their lives.”
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