I first experienced Jesus’ invitation to be His at a YOUTH 2000 retreat surrounded by priests and religious who radiated joy and freedom in belonging to Christ.
Hearing their personal stories, awakened in me a desire to do something great with my life, with my love. At that point, that “great” was a number —12; I deeply desired to be a devoted wife and mother of twelve children (Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John…) The first thought that came to mind were the sacrifices and the “giving up” of my life required to follow Him. As each sacrifice presented itself, I would quietly pray, “How do I love Thee, Jesus… let me count the ways” …. and make known to Him this letting go.
And yet, in my life as a religious, I have experienced the goodness, extravagance, and magnificence of His love – in every act of “letting go” is an invitation for a deeper love. What a tremendous privilege to know and experience the ability to unleash and open wide the doors of my heart, so that Jesus’ love may spill forth to countless souls who are thirsting to be loved. I surrender my life to the One who knows all the desires of my heart and wishes to fulfill my longing for loving greatly. He reveals His life and love for me through those whom I encounter awakened in me a desire to do something great with my life, with the question I once asked Him: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”