Writing a monthly blog was a part of my life while living and ministering in the Dominican Republic for almost ten years. Since our return to the States over two years ago I have continued to write out my thoughts as a way of processing life, but only sharing them with a few selected friends and family. My thinking was “there are just so many WORDS out there now— I don’t want to simply add more”.
Recently I read Pope Francis” apostolic exhortation “On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World”. His words “Each saint is a mission, planned by the Father to reflect and embody, at a specific moment in history, a certain aspect of the Gospel” grabbed me. What an appealing and hopeful thought. I am here at this exact moment in time to live out a unique part of the Gospel, God’s divine plan. I am not to copy anyone else or strive to be something I am not. I am simply to trust that I am a one of a kind work of the Creator who has something unique to say and do through my life.
Thinking that my life can be God’s divine word living in and through me was the final nudge I needed to begin to write online again. If my life can be a message that God wants to speak to the world, then sharing it would be good. And it motivates me to stay faithful to my deepest self so that I become what the Father had in mind when He created me.
I would describe myself as a “seeker” who enjoys sharing what she has learned as a way to encourage others. I see that pattern throughout my life. I am grateful to God for all the experiences that He has allowed me to live. I want to share some of those as they reflect His goodness, power, faithfulness, and extreme love for humanity.
I plan to start this blog with a series about my returning to the United States. I pray that everything I write reflects how I am held by Divine Love , how we ALL are. May we be aware of that Divine in our day to day.
For today I’ll end with a few words that give me hope—
“Do not be afraid to set your sights higher, to allow yourself to be loved and liberated by God…Holiness is an encounter between your weakness and the power of God’s grace.” Pope Francis