Woman with a Holy Lamp

Madre Maria Nazarena Majone
Madre Maria Nazarena Majone

What is the essence of being a woman?

That questioned played in my mind intriguingly boosting up what a woman can do in the society, in the lives of the many, especially in the history of Christianity and of the Church itself. It is lucidly spelled out that “the Christian doctrine of voluntary religious virginity has produced innumerable hosts of virgins dedicated to God who unite their love of God with heroic love of their neighbours, and who perform silent deeds of heroism in the nursing of the sick, in the care of the poor, and in the work of education” (Mulieris Dignitatem).  A lot of consecrated virgins  unknown to us take venture in their lives by sharing in the one life of the Lord. In their hidden life they made an outstanding generosity of service as an act and expression of love to God and to the neighbour. All these are only conferred by faith to persons who are entrenched to it. One of them is our Venerable Mo. M. Nazarena Majone, a woman who through thick and thin walked abreast with the Father Founder. The first Daughter of Divine Zeal who astoundingly lived the spirit of Rogate in every minutiae of her life serving the poor beginning at the Avignone quarter in Italy.

Right from the outset, we cannot do away with the figure of a woman and how powerful women are contrary to how they are labelled as weak.  Jesus in his time gives value and great respect for women. He listened to a woman when he did the first miracle at Cana and at the foot of the cross He entrusted us to a woman – Mary, his Mother… a Woman.  Mo. Nazarena was a woman given to Father Founder to be the co-worker of Rogate; to snatch souls from total destruction and make God‘s plan fulfilled.

A writer on education, Lorenz Keller, once illustrated that: “a woman is as strong as the male, to wit in endurance and patience, in quiet long-suffering, concisely, in all that concerns its real sphere, viz., the inner life”. This would likely be the best expression of how Mo. Nazarena conquered the world with her “woman power” through a boundless grace from Above and totally made a difference.

Sr. M. Glenda D. Galanido, fdz

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