On Mon. Sep. 26 Magda Pettey (mother of Veronika ’17) was the first speaker in the Women Who Make a Difference speaker series.
Sponsored by the St. Jane de Chantal Salesian Center, the series aims to bring “great souled women” to Visitation to “speak to how they have heard and responded to the call to Live Jesus,” says Olivia Kane ’85, Director of the St. Jane de Chantal Salesian Center.
Magda’s talk was titled “A Reflection on God’s Mercy” and detailed her own journey of forgiveness and mercy. She spoke of losing her son, Dominik, two years ago in an automobile accident. She detailed the events of her loss and how she believes, “God’s mercy—knowing only how much we can bear,” dictated how her family found out about their son’s sudden death.
In outlining her story of forgiveness and understanding, Magda demonstrated how her faith-filled perspective has guided her in times of hardship, stating, “God lines everything up. We have to trust and know that God knows what is best for us.”
Kaley Bell ’18, found Magda’s words inspiring, noting several key takeaways, “I think that everyone who listened to Mrs. Pettey's heartfelt speech will realize that God is with you through any and everything. Even if it seems like this is the worst thing that could possibly happen to you, God will never give you something he knows that you can't handle. He is there through the worst of times and the best of times.”
The assembly caused Cate Sport ’17 to think about how to use her faith for personal growth, stating, “I hope to learn more about relating my faith to real life situations. I want to learn how to use my faith as a way to strengthen myself.”