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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Update: The Story so far: Kim

I keep thinking to myself, "there must be more to life than what we can see with our naked eyes". All the decisions I have been making make me question whether what I am doing is really God's will or a made up idea in my head, but then when I really think about it, and pray about it, I keep finding myself come back to the same conclusion - what I am doing seems, at least, to be guiding me closer to becoming more myself, more fully human, and I am beginning to 'feel' more fulfilled. I keep asking whether I am becoming the person God made me to be. I love the quotation from St. Catherine of Sienna: "If you are who God wants you to be, you will set the whole world on fire". It really does strike me as I always think of that insatiable desire in my heart to be of service to God in all that I am, and that 'fire' in my soul longing to "be at one with God" in a life devoted entirely to Him. Since I was three I knew that this seed was already growing in me, even though I did not fully understand it at that age. It is now sixteen years later, and I still remember even as a young child asking this: "God, you have given me so much love in my heart, yet I have no one I feel I can give it to. I do not know what to do with it, or who I can share this beautiful, infinite love with. Please help me, dearest Jesus to share and give this love those you want me to give it to". Little did I know that was the beginning of my vocation to be a sister to all, whether that is as a Religious or a Lay person or something else, I am still discerning, but I know that the Lord gave me that fervent desire for good reason, and such a longing could not, and I would say, should not be ignored. I had to embrace it, and I do hope I am. It is such a beautiful gift from God. O Lord, teach me your ways, and inspire me to share this love in doing your will. Through Christ our Lord, Amen. :) God Bless. x

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Saint's Corner: Margaret of Cortona

Name: Margaret of Cortona
Birth & Death: 1247 - 22 February 1297
Feast Day: 22 February
Country of Origin: Italy
History: Margaret eloped with a nobleman as a teenager, becoming his mistress for 9 years and bearing a son. When her lover was murdered, she repented and sought to return to her father's house but was turned away by her stepmother. She and her son took refuge with Franciscan friars. Her son became a friar himself, and Margaret became a Franciscan tertiary and established a hospital.


Monday, 3 February 2014