Writing to us from the School Sisters of Christ the King in Lincoln, Nebraska, Sr. Mary Jacinta (formerly Lisa Gordon), Class of 2003, shares her vocation story and how nine years at St. John LaLande Catholic School in influenced her life.
“Many of my teachers at St. John LaLande were a huge inspiration to me. God used their lives and witnesses in order to plant within me a desire to teach. The Lord continued to use that desire in guiding me to the religious community that I would enter. Our apostolate is to spread the reign of Christ through Catholic education.”
“In middle school I began to sense within myself a deep hunger for God. Speaking to God in prayer, reading His word in Sacred Scripture, and participating in service projects with my classmates all served to deepen that hunger. My desire for a continual relationship with the Lord remained throughout my high school years. Yet, the thought of having a religious vocation did not appeal to me. I always tried to brush it off. After all, I really wanted to meet ‘Mr. Right’ and have a big, Catholic family.”
“However, my thought process began to change the summer before my senior year. I met a friend who was discerning a call to the priesthood. In seeing his desire for marriage and his openness to be a priest, I came to realize that the priesthood and religious life were not simply for those who did not desire marriage and family life. The idea that God had a plan for me left me speechless. I had always thought of life as a vacation package. As long as I took God with me, I could pick whichever one I wanted.”
“God also gave me a gentle nudge through a letter that I received during my senior year. Bishop Finn invited me to discern the possibility that God could be calling me to be a bride of Christ. Bishop Finn’s words gave me a glimpse of the beauty of religious life. ‘Jesus is the perfect spouse who is the best provider, the perfect lover and ever faithful companion.’ As I read that letter, I began to see more clearly that what I had been resisting so firmly was, in all actuality, extremely beautiful. Total consecration to Christ was the fulfillment that my
heart truly desired.”
After three years of initial formation, Sr. Mary Jacinta made her first profession of vows on July 30, 2011. She invites you to visit her community’s website at www.Cksisters.org to see a more detailed picture of their life.
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