Wonder Woman is a superhero that appeared in American comic books published by DC Comics. She is the founding member of the Justice League. The original story relates that she was sculpted from clay by her mother and was given life as an Amazon along with superhuman powers as gifts by the Greek gods. The idea for creating this character was the following:
“Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman” (William Moulton Marston)
She is a model to look on, source of hope and strength for generations of women who do not comfort with world’s expectations about the role of women but have enough courage to be different, to be themselves. Curiously, there are many women around us who were able to achieve that. Some of them were just ordinary housewives, others smart businesswomen who made a real change happen. Some, humble religious. Here we present some of our CMT Sisters who fall into this pattern of “Wonder Women among us”. Because not all the hereos wear capes… Some wear religious habit!
The first of them is sister Antonia de San Miguel Soliva Bergua. She became a religious sister in 1989, at the age of 19. Her first and only assignment was in community of l’Arboc were she died in 1951 in fame of holiness. She generously gave her love and tender care to the small children in the school and the sick in the hospital where the sisters were working. This small town became a witness of her silent and prayerful service during 28 years of her sickness which made of her a person with discapacity. For 23 years she was in bed deprived of all possibility of movement, except for her hands. She never stopped working with them making cross stich by using a mirror in which she could see her work. Her suffering achieved its climax when she got deprived of the ability to speak for long 14 years. To communicate with her sisters, she was using a small board. But her smile never left her face. With this smile she continued receiving numerous persons who aspired to see her and get comforted with only looking at her. Her most noticable virtues were her goodness, graitude, and joy.
Source: Josefa Pastor Miralles, Historia de la Congregacion de Carmelitas Misioneras Teresianas, Vol. III-2, p.2237.