"God took me by the hand and, blindly, I followed…  
in what seemed the most total darkness, and in the most disconcerting absence of human means, but with unlimited trust in Jesus, Master of the Impossible."
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Everything radically shifted in 1947 when she realized that this same form of contemplative presence could be lived anywhere.
With the War over more and more women began joining her.  She began travelling around the world defying the conventional wisdom that her dream was unrealistic.  Her "little sisters" would go wherever there was a handful of people or a group that was inaccessible in some way to other forms of Church presence.
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Serving tea to a Tuareg friend under the tent
Travelling across Africa by truck.  
Here they were somewhere in the Cameroon
Little sister Magdeleine was also clear that, although truly a contemplative vocation, she did not want to be cloistered in any way.  She had to struggle with those who did not find the life-style of ordinary poor people to be appropriate for religious life.  While many questioned the audacity and novelty of her vision she always acted with full knowledge of the Church.

By the early 1950’s she began travelling extensively behind the "Iron Curtain" throughout the Cold War years and until a few months before her death.  She founded clandestine communities that have only recently been able to exist openly.
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Travelling by canoe along the Amazon (ls Magdeleine is seated at center) in order to reach remote villages.
Travelling in Eastern Europe in a modified van
which served as camper.
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