September 15, 2008

Meet Emily(Our other new postulant!)

At a quarter to six this morning, I peered through the chapel doorway to see the pews filled with about forty Sisters silently preparing themselves for the holy sacrifice of the Mass. I quietly walked down the aisle to take my place. “Here I am, Lord,” I prayed as I knelt down, still feeling as if I were living in a dream.
Less than a week ago, I was still living the life as a normal American girl, huddling around my laptop with three of my sisters laughing at our recently added Facebook pictures. After eighteen years of growing up in small town Iowa with my mom and my four sisters, I attended Iowa State University. While making new friends and living the life of a college student, I continued to seek out the Lord’s Will for my life. A desire that had begun when I was about fourteen years old was still buried in my heart—I wanted to be a bride of Christ. During my one year at ISU, I felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to take the step of visiting a religious community and discerning the call. In no rush, I prayed that the Lord would open a door in His own time. During spring break of that year, I found myself at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, a place that seemed to me to be the home of my vocation.
So, here I am, Lord, I come to do Your will.

(Emily is now teaching religion at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Alton where she prepares the children for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.)


Phase1976 said...

Emily, your YES to our Lord shows great courage and love. Thank you for your witness. God is so good!

Marilena said...

wonderful:) God bless you, and all the sisters! :)

Alicia said...

Emily! I miss you so much! You are such a beautiful postulant for Jesus...I've been thinking and praying for you often.


you sister

Annette V. said...

We are very happy you have received this special invitation from God to your new vocation. He knows your strengths and has chosen a wonderful job for you as a teacher and example for the young school children. They are very lucky to have you during this important time in their lives! May God continue to Bless you with joy and happiness! We pray for you daily and always keep you in our thoughts. Maggie sends a special hello to her "Emmy".
Love and prayers always, Annette and family

Amy Dea said...

Emily, We are so proud of you. Please know our prayers are with you. What a very special family you have. Thank you for your example. Jesus loves you so very much!!!! In Christ Our Hope, Amy Dea