S-i-s-t-e-r-h-o-o-d! - A Letter from Maricris

Hey, sister friend! 

Can I just tell you how beautiful the concept of “sisterhood” is?!? I remember attending a retreat many years ago with young women from across the country and chanting, “Can we build s-i-s-t-e-r-h-o-o-d, sisterhood?!!” I admit, at first I thought it was cheesy, but deep down this was one of the greatest moments in my life because I'm still great friends with many of these women. (Oh... and we still chant this randomly,  even if we do it as a joke ;)) In reality, we know this strong need for sisterhood is what brought many of us together.

Prior to that time in my life, females were my foes – not friends. I had a hard time trusting so-called “friends” who'd easily talk about me behind my back or turn on me when things got tough. For me, being “one of the guys” was easier. I got along with men better and there just seemed to be less drama. 

But I needed more. I love my male friends, but let's be honest... There are things they just don't get about being a woman. 

From the retreat onward, I opened my heart and met women in my life who changed everything for me. I found females to not just be friends but FAMILY. As daughters of our King, I found true beauty in sisterhood. I walk with many different women for many different reasons, but I know each one I encounter has been wonderfully & perfectly woven into my life. These are women I laugh with, cry with, pray with. We share stories of victory and loss. We support each other when someone falls in love…and falls in heartache. We build each other up. We help each other heal. 

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However, the most important gem I've found in sisterhood is accountability. There's definitely nothing scarier than sharing your flaws and darkest parts with someone, but find the right women and you'll see that there's nothing more freeing that taking that step into the light.

Sisterhood is not judging but helping one another grow in holiness. It's a love that must be nurturing but sometimes tough. Sisterhood is praying with and for someone. It's finding someone who will follow up with you and help keep you in the light.

I'm blessed to have many of these types of sisters in my life. I'm grateful for these Christ-centered relationships that have one goal: get into heaven and bring everyone you love with you.

Sisters, let's embrace each other because that is the strength we need to help build our beautiful Church! Please know that I am praying for you and remember: #sisterhoodisthebesthood 

In the name of sisterhood,

Maricris


Get to know Maricris

Meet Maricris: a bubbly, kind-hearted 35 year old working as Marketing lead for Ministry at Dynamic Catholic with a big heart for anyone and everyone who crosses her path. 

What do the first two hours of your day look like?

I wake up thanking God for letting me be part of another beautiful day! Most mornings I go to barre class, blast music while I get ready for work, and make sure my cat, Nitro, is fed.  Then on the way to work, I pray the rosary to prepare for the day to come and to hold Mama Mary’s hand while I drive.

Describe your favorite part of your current occupation.

I get to work with awesome people who I know will be saints one day, I get to start meetings off with prayer, and best of all I get to remind people how cool it is to be Catholic at a national level!

I went from working in an industry selling out movies opening weekend to an industry that makes sure every child in America will learn (and remember) about the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist and know of his tender loving mercy.

Describe one fear or personal challenge that keeps you up at night.

I fear that I haven’t done enough to bring Christ to my family.  Sometimes I have nightmares that the world is ending and I am unsure if we are all going to heaven. That canNOT be reality, so I wake up every day praying for everyone I love because we all need to be in heaven together some day  

Tell us about the first time you experienced a strong sense of belonging in the Catholic Church.

It’s not the first time, but one time I felt a sense of belonging was when I went to the canonization of St. Theresa of Calcutta.  The amount of people that came from all over the world to be part of the special day was overwhelming!  We were in Italy, but all sorts of languages and cultures were represented – but we all spoke the same language of faith and love for God!

Tell us about a woman (or women), past or present, you look up to.

My mother and my Grandma Generosa are two women that have guided me to be who I am today.

My mother is the one that has no shame in reaching out to friends and strangers alike, preaching the gospel with her listening ear and encouraging words.  Her devotion to her prayer time and scripture truly is where she draws her strength, and she is a beautiful model of a humble servant.

My grandma lived up to her name by being generous with her time and treasure.  She was someone everyone could turn to for help, and she never turned anyone away.  I’ve met people who were able to finish college because of her.  I’ve met priests who were able to go to seminary and finish because of her.  She was by no means overflowing with money, but God seemed to always provide enough for her and give her more to share with those in need!

Favorite character ever. Go! 

I love Belle from Beauty and the Beast.  Her ability to see everyone as equal is why the whole house loved her!  She didn’t see plates, brooms, and candlesticks – she saw friends to talk to.  Her ability to see past the qualities that could scare other people is why the Beast fell in love with her.  He didn’t feel judged by Belle because of his looks or even how he acted.  She looked deeper and saw a kind creature.  I feel like I’ve had many friendships in life that seemed unlikely to others, but I love seeing past the “beast mode” in people and watching them put their guard down so I can get to know them better and care for them accordingly <3Plus I’ve always wanted a huuuuge library with a ladder!