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Twenty years ago, I felt very happy because I felt that I had chosen correctly, I was right in the election I had made of my career and of my boy-friend. I was in the middle of obtaining my degree in Science of Communication and I had a stable relationship with my partner with whom I wanted to spend the rest of my life. At that time we had been going together for a year and a half. What more did a young university girl need? Both elections had been made… it was just a question of time in order to form a family and to exercise my career.
I am Lizbeth; I would like to share with you how my vocation process took place. The Holy Week Mission when I was 20 years old, was one of my founding experiences, in which my thoughts, my emotions and sentiments sharpened, became more acute and concern and interest emerged in me for something more in my daily life.
I am, Middia and I am 27 years old; I was born in Haiti and I am the oldest child in a family of four children. My parents are very religious and through them I discovered God and they led me to be closer to Him by the witness of their life. The first time that I heard speak about vocation I was in the fifth grade of primary school, when the Director, a priest, asked the class: What do you want to be when you are older?... and I answered: a Nun- But for me, at that time this was just one more answer among thousand others.
I was an 18 year old girl, had just entered the Normal School of Specialization; I had a stable relationship with a boy was engaged and in love. For me, there was no other future than to form a home, a family. I could not even imagine anything different. Nevertheless, God burst into my life, with great respect, asking me my consent which I gave to Him and I am grateful for this up to the present time. I consider that all this was a path, a process, a whole series of events and moments in which God manifested Himself, inviting me to follow Him.
A vocation is not a single event. It is a gradual unfolding of our journey in faith during which God invites us to find our distinctive style of loving. Our responsibility is to discern the Spirit’s movements in our heart which lead us to discover how we can best serve God and God’s people; how we can cooperate with God’s love and God’s life within us most generously and most authentically.
It is difficult for me not to be moved by this act, seemingly useless and worthless, but so rich in meaning and intimate affection. It is a window to contemplate a tender expression of love and devotion for Jesus, our Lord, that mirrors, in my opinion, the self-giving passion that moves us to generously respond to Jesus’ call as disciples and religious women and men.