My Discovery of Little Sister Magdeleine

Before being a religious be human

On 15 July 1942 she writes to the Little Sisters at le Tubet: 'Before being religious, be Christian. Have the simple human virtues of hospitality and charity’.
On 24 July of the same year, occurs the incident in which the Superior of a Sanatorium, seeing Little Sister Magdeleine's place set at the communal table, calls the maid and asks her what she thought she was doing not to have given the guest a place apart. After all she was a religious. 'The Superior thought she was doing the right thing', writes Little Sister Magdeleine, not realising that our vocation is to be 'the leaven in the dough'.    
By the time she writes again to her Little Sisters in December 1944 the idea has been expanded a little. One of her dearest aspirations is now to be 'human and Christian, above all else, without rigid barriers.'
In January 1946 she notes in her diary on the subject of the nomads: 'You have to live close to them and with them as I am living, before you really know them and discover the delicacy hidden behind their sometimes coarse exteriors.'
In July of that year, she is suddenly overcome by the unexpected conviction that the Fraternity is to spread throughout the world and become universal.

In May 1948 she is working in a factory and one can sense that the experience is a kind of confirmation for her that in order really to understand, really to love you have to share people's living conditions. 'If only you knew what lessons I am learning in the factory' she writes to Father Voillaume.
One week later, there is another letter to Father Voillaume: 'Between Algiers and Kroubs, I was alone in a compartment full of soldiers. They were extremely kind and courteous to me. I am completely at ease with soldiers - perhaps that shocks some sensible people... Now here I am in a compartment full of Arabs. I am equally at ease with them. I am increasingly under the impression that we have to become like everyone.'
Then, in June 1948, she writes in her diary: 'We have but one single objective; to make ourselves one of them, that is to say one of those who belong to the social class of the poor people, one of those whom the world despises'.
You are much more familiar than I with the 'Green Booklet'. Suffice it to say that even though certain details, for example of Little Sister Magdeleine's early years were missing, even if her inner life remained hidden, even though I could sense the presence of the supernatural lights she was following, there were also human experiences to help me understand how it was that she arrived at the vision of the Fraternity expressed in the Green Booklet.