Dr. (Sr) Mudita Menona Sodder RSCJ; needs no introduction. She is a regular contributor to SILENT VOICE, Particular on the issues of Human Dignity. On the Occasion of World Women’s Day, she has penned a beautiful article,
I have always been happy to be a woman. But joining St ‘College and St. Xavier’s College of Management and Technology, Digha Ghat, Patna, Bihar since June 2013, has made me see my worth as a woman even more! I joined the Jesuit run colleges because of the need to have a woman religious around as the college is co-ed. (My Donkey Spirituality-the Lord has NEED of you!) Besides teaching and counselling, initially my eyes often fell on spaces and areas that needed a woman’s touch and I was blissfully happy to step in and get the job done.
Girls, and boys as well, came to me with their problems, but the true realization and worth of being a woman dawned on me, when one day a woman colleague came to me in a disturbed state of mind and said to me, Sister, I must talk to you TODAY. I was already overloaded with prior appointments and tried to explain to her my helplessness. She insisted, I cannot go home without meeting you, even if it means coming to your convent after college. I was jolted and immediately made time for her after college hours.
She cried her heart out to me over a disconcert she had with another woman colleague in the staff room. I listened to her patiently, consoled her and finally suggested that she speak to the Principal, a young, gentle and kind Jesuit. Promptly she blurted out, Men never understand us women. What I needed was a listening ear and an understanding heart; while men, including my dear husband thinks everything that upsets a woman is petty and not worth talking about, or worse still, that all women cry for no reason! I NEEDED TO TALK TO ANOTHER WOMAN, she reiterated categorically. We both hugged each other and went home happily.
But that night I could not sleep. Tears of gratitude kept flowing down my cheeks and I heard myself whisper, Thank you God for making me a woman. You have made women SPECIAL. You have given them an all encompassing heart as big as the ocean, respectful of all life, co-operative and connected. Women are compassionate, humble and a blessing! They are patient, intuitive and practical and know how to do things, despite all odds.
They are pioneers of counter cultural reforms. Through their solidarity they give birth to prophets. They beautify the poor and marginalized with dignity and perform street plays to conscientize the community of the downtrodden. They proclaim in words and deeds, the revolutionary Magnificat of equality and perform ceremonies for blessing of their own resources and co-labour with other women and men in ecstasy. They struggle to acquire the ability to change unjust structures and release the creative energies of transformation.
Women have caliber, commitment and concern for others. They restore, revive, reclaim and redeem. Multi-tasking and languages come to them easily. They are home makers, responsible for the happiness and well being of all in the family. Women endure, preserve, sustain, assist, nurture, educate, inspire and counsel. Her shoulders are strong enough to bear the weight of the world and soft enough to be comfortable. She has the strength to give life and go on, when everybody else gives up. She has the sensitivity to love unconditionally. Women have the gumption to lead from the front and create a new humanity thus highlighting the signs of the times and the stirrings of the Spirit.
Her lips speak words of kindness and she always seeks out the good in people. The beauty of a woman is in her eyes, because it is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. Her true beauty is reflected in her soul, which cares and gives lovingly and shows her passion. And whats more! Her beauty only grows with each passing year.
A WOMAN IS SPECIAL. REMEMBER THE VALUE OF A WOMAN. LIFT HER SPIRIT AND CELEBRATE WOMEN TODAY.
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY!
Dr (Sr) Mudita Menona Sodder RSCJ
6th March 2014
Dr. (Sr) Mudita Menona Sodder RSCJ
Society of the Sacred Heart,
1/6 New Patliputra Colony,
Bihar, North India.
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St. Xavier’s College of Management and Technology,
Patna , Bihar 8000011
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Dr. (Sr) Mudita Menona Sodder RSCJ’s earlier contributions to SILENT VOICE……