|With Father Michael Blastic, OFM|
|Four Future Friars|
In my case, I would say that my prayers of both petition and thanksgiving are quite even in number. However, I am now considering the fact that God does always take care of me, even when I do not ask, so should my prayers of petition really be as numerous as my prayers of thanksgiving? To give an example of a time in which God took care of me without my asking for a specific favor, I will share a piece of my vocation story with you.
It was 2010 and I was finishing my Spring semester in college. I was halfway through my Candidacy with the Felician Sisters, living on my own, going to school and working part time. I was scheduled to enter Postulancy with the Sisters that Fall, but was facing some debt that would prevent my entering if I could not pay it off before then. It was $3,000, but I still needed to take classes in the summer which would add on another $1,000. It wasn't much compared to the debt that many of my classmates had, but to have to pay it off in about three months seemed nearly impossible, especially since I couldn't work full time in the summer. I finally said to God, "I trust that You can do whatever needs to be done. If You want me to enter the convent, You'll have to find the money for me because I don't have it."
|Sister Clara Maria, my Poor Clare friend|
So this is what happened: I never even had to use the loan. Instead, I cashed it and then paid the University right back. The Grant money they had given me for the past two semesters (I never knew you could receive money for classes already completed) added up to the exact amount I needed -- $1,000 for my summer classes and $3,000 for my debt, and I didn't have to pay it back. The $4,000 standing between me and the Felician Sisters had vanished just like that!
How about you? How does God care for you?
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, dear friends! May this holiday be a special reminder for you of God's goodness as well as preparation for the many blessings yet to come :)
With much love and many blessings,
Sister Desire' Anne-Marie
|November 2012 Graymoor Group|