The diocese of Paterson wants to have a mini autobiography of us in formation, so I have decided to share the paragraph I typed up just to give a very brief glimpse of my vocation story thus far. The story can be expanded many pages I am sure, but this is the space we had to work with. Read and enjoy!
Did you know that God can find you in the bathroom? I always figured that God could do whatever He wanted to get a hold of whomever He wanted. You see, I had never actively searched out religious life in such a way that I was sure it was my call in life. My sophomore year of college was when I started to be open to whatever God wanted me to do in terms of vocation: married life, single life or religious life. This began from seeing a sister wearing a habit and developing a curiosity of what it would be like to live that life. Over the years, my interest and curiosity stuck with me though I never did much about it, except the rare occasion that I would talk with my friends. Graduation from college came along and I moved myself the following year to New Jersey from Minnesota to do something I love. I was the volunteer intern at a retreat center that I discovered, via God, on the eleventh page of a Google search. It turned out to be the perfect place for me! When November came along, the director and I with four youth headed out for the National Catholic Youth Conference. During my time there that weekend, I had my encounter with God in another very odd place. While on my way out of the bathroom, I started to talk with two young women. We stood in the bathroom sharing things about our lives. As I was very quick to discover, they were a part of the Salesian Sisters. When they first mentioned their apostolate to the youth, my mind and heart were spinning. It was exactly what my life was filled with already. I worked at a camp many summers, was currently working at a family retreat center and loved my faith immensely. All I could think was “no, no, no, no, no!” It was real and it made me excited, yet scared. I tend to say that it took many visits to the convent, only two and half hours from where I was working, and a lot of encouragement from friends to make my decision to enter. The truth be told after I look back on the experience, it was at that moment of first meeting the Salesians in the bathroom that my heart knew this was something I needed to try. I guess I could still say that God worked through my surroundings to keep me on the path He wanted even though deep down he hooked me right away. My prayer each day is that, God-willing, I am where I am supposed to be. What else can anyone do but live each day to its fullest for the glory of God?
Inspired? I am still inspired by my own story when I read it again! 🙂