God in My Life
“God has been wooing me since I was a child. I remember watching the mini-series, “The Passion of Christ” during Holy Week and sobbing because it caused me so much pain and sorrow. My parents struggled with language barriers and other disabilities. At times, I went to mass alone as a child and prayed to know God’s plan for my life. It was then that I thought to myself, “I want to be a religious sister.” But God called me to a different path in my life. God called me to marriage. It is in this state of life that I am to live out my call to holiness.
I did go through a phase in my life where I distanced myself from God and I questioned a lot about my faith. But someone gave me some literature on our Lady of Fatima, and I started praying the rosary again. It was clear God was calling me into a deeper relationship with Him.
God has a beautiful way of communicating with us through the natural world. If we pray for our eyes to be open to God’s communication, we will see how He loves us and accompanies us.
There is a fantastic book called, “God’s Winks.” The author talks about those moments in your life were God is communicating with you, creating an intimate encounter with God. There are no coincidences with God. He orchestrates moments that make you feel as though you are the only person on the planet. He wants all of us to know that He loves us with that kind of love, making us feel like His beloved. And each encounter is so unique; it might not mean anything to someone else, but because God knows your heart, He knows what will make you feel loved. It could be a song on the radio at the right time, a phone call or someone saying something special to you. God is love, and He moves through others and uses the human family to parent us, He uses us as His instruments.
I’m amazed at God’s patience and mercy toward me over the years. When I look back at who I was as a teenager or in my 20s, I can see God’s work in my life, encouraging me to be patient with myself. He continues to remind me that I need to be patient, especially when I am feeling frustrated. I feel God in those moments nudging me and saying, “Remember when I was patient with you? Be patient in this moment.” It amazes me how much God has worked on me in my life but also how much He has also worked through me.
This icon is called, “The Recognition.” It was written (icons are written because all colours, symbols, and gestures mean something. They are meant to be read.) Dr. Matthia Langone prepared this icon, calling it “The Recognition” because Elizabeth recognizes Mary’s role in salvation history and John the Baptist recognizes the presence of Jesus in Mary’s womb. I love this icon because it reminds me of the importance of sacred friendships, of having people in our lives who know us with great intimacy."
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