Saturday, April 23, 2011

Missions is a great life

Today I was reading another missionary's blog, she lives in the Philippines, her name is Susanna. Some of you may know this but some of you may not, after I graduate from High School I want to go to the Philippines and train to be a midwife. Every time I read about what Susanna and her mission partner are doing, or any of the other missionary blogs for that matter, I feel a burning desire to be with them in the Philippines. I am so happy for being in missions. Life in St. Lucia is amazing, I am so blessed, and it feels like home. But I want to be there so bad.

Thinking about this I thought about missions. What a blessed life it is. It made me think about this is what I want to do with the rest of my life. 2/3 of the world has not been evangelized! And by right of baptism we are called to spread the Word of God! Why aren't we doing it? This is what I want to do with the rest of my life, if I get marrried or not, I want to serve God by bringing others to him.

Here is a link to an article I wrote in our missionary news letter SERVE about missions. Its on page 6

May all of you have a blessed Easter!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Holy Week

I just found out that I am going to have wake up at 3:30 in the MORNING tomorrow for the Way of the Cross. As exciting as that sounds I am not very happy about waking up at that outlandish time. I'm pretty sure that I am going to be brain dead all day tomorrow. Then Saturday we have mass at 10 pm which lasts at least three hours. :P One more reason to look forward to easter: More sleep! Anyway, I shouldn't be complaining. This is going to be on very interesting adventure!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

People of St. Lucia

In one of my posts I shared some things we do here in St. Lucia. Today I'm going to talk about some people we know.

At this point in our life we have three boys that come over at night, sometimes up to five. Their ages range from 12 to 17. They come and spend some time, eat supper and then say our night prayers with us. Its a lot of fun having them over, they play with the little kids, do some school and just kind of hang out.

We also have some girls that come over on Sundays and others days durring the week. Their names are Jessica and Ericka, and are 21 and 23. Jessica is praying about being a nun in Italy, we are all very excited about that. Ericka is the older sister, right now she is in the hospital because she has sickle cell. Please pray for her! They are both a lot of fun, and I know that I am very glad for their friendship as I know very few girls my age. :D

On Sundays we have something of a Sunday School in which over 50 kids come. One boy, age 9 is the son of Jessica and Erick's friend. He is very funny and has an adorable smile. When I went to a Karaoke night at our parish I learned that he can't raise his eyebrows one at a time. So now when ever I see him I'll raise one eyebrow and smile, he will grin back and try to raise his eyebrow too. When he finally gives up we will burst into a fit of laughter.

Here at our house we live underneath 5 nuns. All of them are wonderful women of God, but my favorite has to be Sister Rosemary. She is training to be a doctor and has come to St. Lucia from Tanzania. She loves Issac!! Its so cute to see her playing with him. Now that he is walking she bought him some shoes. :D

These are just a few of the friends we have here. God has blessed us so much!

Perfect Through Suffering

Today in our morning prayers the reading was from Hebrews 2: 9-10. And the last three words in the reading said,
"Perfect through suffering." Those three words really stuck out to me, and I just kept thinking about that. It is so ironic, everything about those words go against modern thought. Which says that suffering is bad, it means something is wrong in your life, you don't want to suffer. But Christ says that if we suffer for him then we are gaining treasure in heaven, that suffering can be a good thing.
This got me thinking about suffering in my life, I have a wonderful life. I have a great family, three meals a day, nice bed and clothes. What are my sufferings? Sometimes suffering isn't big things, like having a cancer, or being blind, sometimes suffering is just little things that humble us.
Like going up to read at morning mass and finding out you have white powder on your shirt. (Don't ask me what it was I have no idea.)
Or not being able to understand everything that people say to you and having to ask them to repeat it over and over again.
Sometimes sufferings can be not having little comforts, or not having many friends. But what ever it is, know that if you offer it up for God's glory or for someone else than you are gaining treasure in heaven