Sister Marie Shefchik believed in the holy power of T’ai Chi (tie-chee) and practiced for years. The martial art is a peaceful set of slow and smooth movements, and to learn the art form, she traveled to China to experience the culture there.
For the uninitiated, T’ai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art often practiced for health reasons. Marie used her T’ai Chi training in a variety of ways: for physical strength, inner peace and serenity, and as a form of peaceful, prayer-like meditation.
Though Marie’s health did not allow her much practice of late, she taught T’ai Chi classes and used the practice to help her students let a strong healing influence enter their lives. “I think it helps people feel closer to God if they can slow down and focus on the energy of their bodies,” she said.
Marie was also interested in acupuncture and helped others by showing them how to use the technique to deal with pain, weakness, or other physical issues. “I get so excited when I find a way to help someone,” she said. “Just one acupuncture point and they feel better!” Please note: Marie died on Oct. 11 after this interview took place. May she rest in peace.