GUEST POST: 15 Sneaky Ways to Live Out Your Catholic Faith

Welcome to Wednesday! Today, I am grateful to have Caitlyn Anderson, a digital friend and fellow Catholic, as today’s guest writer. Caitlyn is a blogger and YouTuber who seeks to glorify Christ in all that she does. I pray you are blessed and find out how you can live a quiet faith in a loud world.

15 Sneaky Ways to Live Out Your Catholic Faith

There are a ton of ways to live out the Catholic faith, especially since the Church is so beautiful and complex. Because of the vast assortment of ways to go share the message of the Gospel with the world, it can get a little overwhelming… and as if it weren’t already challenging enough, society is in a full on spiritual battle with all believers. I don’t know about you, but I get harassed for sharing my love for Christ quite often. It doesn’t exactly make me want to “go and announce the Gospel of the Lord”! However, we are called to “make disciples of all nations” (see Matthew 28:19).

We don’t need to make grand gestures on the regular in order to do that. St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love”. That’s what this list is all about. These are all small tasks that, when done with love, can be beautiful ways to live out your faith and share Christ’s love with the world.

Without further ado, here are fifteen sneaky ways to live out your Catholic faith:

 

  • Buy lunch for a homeless person.

 

You don’t need to buy a five course meal for someone in need. A quick stop at a deli for a sandwich and bottled water is just as significant. The most important part of this action is taking the time to acknowledge the person and their human dignity. Make eye contact and say a kind word when you give them your gift. Maybe even offer to say a prayer with them. Let them know you see them as a fellow brother or sister in Christ, worthy of basic respect.

 

  • Forgive when someone apologizes.

 

A little forgiveness goes a long way… and Christ tells us to forgive others as He has forgiven us! Don’t believe me? Check out Ephesians 4:32. Letting past hurts go and returning the apology with love is a beautiful way to reflect the forgiveness that God gives us to everyone in our lives.

 

  • Smile at a stranger.

 

Small thing, great love. Just acknowledging their presence as they walk past you can make their whole day. As far as you know, your smile may be the only kindness they experience all day. And that tiny bit of kindness can open their heart to an even greater Love.

 

  • Babysit your neighbor’s kids.

 

Even though the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) is talking about more than helping your neighbor with their kiddos, helping out the people around you is a great place to start when you take on the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself”. Whether it’s babysitting for date night, helping someone with their yardwork, or bringing dinner to the couple with a newborn, a little generosity goes a long way.

 

  • Pick up trash on your lunch break.

 

I know what you’re probably thinking… How is this Catholic? Well, it all boils down to taking care of the gift God has given us! Pope Francis summed it up perfectly in a 2015 speech: “As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family”. So next time you finish your midday meal, take a few minutes to pick up any litter you see lying around on your way to the garbage can.

 

  • Wash the dishes without complaint.

 

I’m going to leave this explanation to St. Teresa of Calcutta (yea, she said a lot of great things!): “Wash the plate not because it is dirty nor because you are told to wash it, but because you love the person who will use it next”.

 

  • Listen to some faith-based music while you drive.

 

Whether you want to jam out to some Newsboys or blast some Gregorian chant or listen to a choir of nuns, some faith-based tunes coming from your speakers is never a bad thing! Avoiding the nonsense that comes over the radio these days can help you avoid some temptation, which will make it a little easier to continue to live out your faith throughout the day.

 

  • Invite a friend over.

 

Having good relationships with your friends is a great way to evangelize! This is a particularly sneaky way to share the faith. Inviting someone into your home and having fun with them allows them to see the joy and love that comes from having a friendship with Christ! Bonus perk: added opportunities for conversations about faith to come up.

 

  • Volunteer at a retirement home.

 

Being pro-life means respecting the dignity of human life at ALL stages- even the lives of the elderly. Spending a few hours with those in retirement homes or convalescent homes is a wonderful way to spread some joy to those who may be battling feelings of loneliness and to show them that there are people who still very much care about them and their well-being.

 

  • Donate clothes that you don’t want anymore.

 

Clothe the naked, people! Okay, so maybe you aren’t running around looking for nude individuals… but donating clothes and other items you no longer want or need helps those who can’t afford to shop at department stores. Just throwing stuff in the trash is wasteful! If there is still life left in those threads you no longer wear, give someone else the chance to enjoy them. Luke 3:11.

 

  • Support small businesses.

 

Not only do you help someone provide for their family (and all Catholics should be pro-family, right?), but you also get more of a say about where your money goes. Pouring all your money into big companies often means that you are pouring money into organizations that do not reflect your morals and values. Now, sometimes a run to the super-mart at midnight is a necessity… but making the choice to support small business when you can makes a huge difference.

 

  • Put in your best effort at school or work.

 

Colossians 3:23-24, y’all. Use the talents God gave you and do everything for Him!

 

  • Eat dinner with your family.

 

I’m busting out another St. Teresa of Calcutta quote… “It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start”. Like she said, it’s not always easy to love those close to us- especially when they know all the right buttons to push to get under your skin! But spending time with your family, even if it’s just one meal a day, gives you an opportunity to reconnect with them and show them some love.

 

  • Wear a cross/crucifix/miraculous medal or a faith-inspired shirt.

 

Okay, so this one is not as sneaky. But it’s still a great way to live out the faith and evangelize! Not only will you be a low-key walking billboard for Christ, you just may inspire others to be more open about their faith or spark a conversation about why you are wearing what you are wearing!

 

  • Pray.

 

This may be an obvious one, but it is SO IMPORTANT. Pray. Pray some more. Add in a few prayers after that. They don’t have to be long, fancy prayers, but lift up others to God. Pray for your family members, the unborn, the elderly, the needy, your postman, your doctor, your politicians, your peers, the cashier at the store, and that one driver who cut you off this morning!

As you can see, these are small tasks that are easy to incorporate into your everyday life. Don’t think you have to go out and do all of them at once, either. Even doing one small thing with great love once a week can make a HUGE impact on the world!

If you can do more- awesome! If you can only start with one- that’s great, too.

Over time, it will become easier and easier to incorporate these “sneaky” ways of being Catholic into your daily routine… All you have to do is start with one act of great love.

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Trust Issues: Divine Mercy for Every Moment

Patience, prayer, and silence – these are what give strength to the soul.

– St. Faustina Kowalska

Trust issues.

Whether you know it or not, you have a trust issue. If you are human and you are not sinless, you have a problem with trust. You may think, “What? I don’t have a problem with trust. I trust my family and my spouse. I trust God, too!” As someone striving for holiness, I often thought the same about myself: I did NOT have a trust issue. In my mind, trust issues were for bad marriages and cutthroat workplace environments.

During Lent, I read Fr. Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine MercyDivided into 33 readings for 33 days, Merciful Love not only tackles the wonder of Jesus’s mercy, but it also exposes our own shortcomings as sinners. In the first few readings, Fr. Gaitley claims, in essence, that all of us have trust issues because we sin.

Think about it for a moment.

Origins of Distrust 

Adam and Eve sinned in the paradise of the Garden of Eden. Ultimately, they chose not to trust in the goodness of God and to respond to Satan’s lies instead. As a result, they were banished from the garden and the scourge of Original Sin remains with us even today. In a way, sin is when we decide to trust our own instincts instead of God’s truth. When we sin, we say “I know what’s best for my life and I reject God.” To sin is not only to miss the mark, but also our own way of saying that we don’t trust that Jesus knows what is best for us. Likewise, when we worry and fail to relinquish our cares to Jesus, that’s also a lack of trust. That’s a hard pill to swallow.

I think about my own personal life and issues. At every turn, I work to justify my actions and my sin. I say, “Well, I wouldn’t have done this, had that not happened.” Also, “If I don’t worry about something, that means I really don’t care about the issue at hand.” The hard truth is: I feel like if I don’t worry and fret over an issue, I believe that I have lost all control of the situation. Talk about a trust issue!

Wisdom from Scripture 

Jesus, many times in the Gospels, admonishes His followers not to worry. Here are just a few examples:

  1. “Do not be worried,” John 14:27
  2. “Take courage!…Don’t be afraid,” Mark 6:50
  3. “Do not worry about tomorrow,” Matthew 6:34

In many of the New Testament Epistles, the Christians of the era were also taught not to fret:

  1. “Do not be anxious about anything,” Phillippians 4:6
  2. “Leave all your worries with Him,” 1 Peter 5:6

These are just a few of many examples from the Bible regarding the unnecessary act of worry in the life of a Christian. Yet, so many of us fret and worry each day. We sin, we worry, we lack trust. For many, myself included, it’s a cycle repeated each and every day. I keep holding on to what I imagine I can control through worry and anxiety. I don’t trust that God can actually bear my burdens for me. In fact, it makes more sense for me to worry. In the end, however, my faulty logic fails and I accomplish nothing.

A Source for Developing Trust 

It may seem as if I think not worrying is as simple as saying, “You know what? Today, I’m not going to worry. I’m going to let the Divine Mercy of Jesus wash over my life and relinquish all of my troubles to Him!” 

If only it were that easy.

One way I tackle my own issues of trust and sin is through the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. While I won’t go into the history of the Chaplet here, the prayer (often prayed on Rosary beads), is a devotion centered on the infinite mercy of Our Lord. Devotees pray “For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world,” and conclude by saying “Jesus I trust in You” three times.

Pray this with me: Jesus, I trust in You. 

Four powerful words, packed with infinite meaning. To simply pray, “Jesus, I trust in You” is to say that you trust that the King of the Universe can handle all of your cares. It says, “I reject my fear and my doubt, my own abilities, and I trust in God.” There are some days it is much easier to pray this prayer. On other days, it’s all I can do to say it through gritted teeth. But, like exercising, the more we proclaim our trust in Christ, the easier it becomes for us to receive His grace.

Today, and the next few days, I challenge you to tell Jesus that you trust Him with your life. This can be scary. It’s essentially to say, “I give up everything I am to You and I know You can handle it.” Yes, we have trust issues. But, with the grace of Christ, there is nothing He cannot do within us.

 

 

 

This Week: April 29-May 5

Love overcomes, love delights, those who love the Sacred Heart rejoice. – St. Bernadette Soubirous

I’ve always liked Mondays. It’s a new week: my emails are answered more quickly, the day is fresh, and it’s everything new. I pray your Monday is beyond blessed and you’re finding the joy of Christ in every moment.

What I’m Reading: At the start of the weekend, I finished Set Free: The Authentic Catholic Woman’s Guide to Forgiveness by Genevieve Kineke. Gevevive graciously sent me a copy of her book after reading my Catholic Stand article regarding the Feminine Genius and secular feminism.  Her book is a great study about as women, we can learn to forgive offenses from the smallest to the most horrendous. I highly recommend it. This week, I’m working my way through the Take Up and Read Rosary study, Ponder

What I’m Praying: This week, my fiance and I are going to re-start our habit of praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The Chaplet is a beautiful prayer with a special focus on the mercy of Jesus. In addition to my daily Bible study and prayers, I try to pray a full Rosary or at least a decade. The struggle has been real lately!

What I’m Wearing: This week’s handbag is the Coach Saddle 23. Dusty rose leather, gunmetal hardware, classic silhouette, and crossbody fit: it’s my new favorite purse. I love you, Coach.

What I’m Hearing: The highlight of my Sundays (or Monday morning) is listening to The Coaster. It’s a fun and lighthearted oasis in the world of Catholic podcasting.

What I’m Writing: This week I’m working on an article for Catholic Stand about St. Bernadette Soubirous and Our Lady of Lourdes. In the past, I’ve written about Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Therese, and my conversion experience. During Holy Week, I was featured over at The Catholic Woman. This week, I hope to write a blog post about the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Follow These Fine Accounts on Twitter: @DeanAbbott, @CatholicCoaster, @CarmeliteNick

What I’m Up To: Earlier this month, I was hired by a major charter school network in NYC. My new job starts this July and I am looking forward to the change. I will miss my family (especially my newborn nephew!) and wonderful parish family, but I am very excited about the opportunity to work in a new state and to live closer to my fiance.

Where I’m Going: In June, my mother and I are going on the Rhine Getaway with Viking River Cruises. My last encounter with Europe was 12 years ago on a 12 hour layover in France on a return trip from Israel. Like any 16-year-old, I drank a Diet Coke at midnight at the Eiffel Tower and thought I was very cosmopolitan. This cruise will take us from Switzerland to Amsterdam and I’m so excited!

Stay tuned and may God bless you this week!

 

Mary and the Rosary: Friends on the Road to Heaven

Around here, I often writeaboutMary, the mother of Jesus and also our Blessed Mother (John 19:26). Catholics often get a bad rap about our relationship with Mary: it’s portrayed as quaint at best and idolatry at worst. This rap is often enforced when, in many Christian circles, Mary is portrayed at Christmastime as a “very good woman,” and that’s about it.

The rest of the year, she’s pushed out of sight and out of mind.

When I was a Protestant, I found the notion of a hidden Mary as discouraging. In it’s own way, I saw the avoidance of Mary as disrespectful to Our Lord. After all, how would you feel if someone discounted the role of your mother? Probably not very much, if I guess correctly. Also, during my conversion to Catholicism, I often struggled with Mary’s role in my own life.

How much devotion was too much devotion? Was I thinking too much about Mary? How could I reconcile my love for Jesus and my love for His mother? Of course, you can love two people at the same time, but how would I avoid an eclipse of devotion? I’m certain I’m not the only Catholic to wrestle with this issue. In the end, though, I found a comfortable way to relate to Mary, our friend on the road to Heaven.

Solutions in Prayer

A few months ago, I wrote a series of blog posts with meditations on the Glorious, Joyful, Luminous, and Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Before I converted, I would often attend Adoration at my parish. While sitting in silence, I often felt the strong call to pray to Rosary, but for weeks I didn’t act upon it. Frankly, I didn’t know what to do. I was still steeped in the idea that the Rosary devotion might be idolatrous.

In the past, I heard those who no longer identified as Catholic say something like, “When I prayed the Rosary, I spent more time talking to Mary than I did Jesus!” 

As someone who was convinced she belonged to the most correct group of Christians, I was eager to believe what I had heard these former Catholics say. Throughout my conversion and even until today, I still have to work to override erroneous teachings I learned in the past (though it is becoming easier each day). Courageously, I took a deep breath and plunged into the Rosary devotion. Now, I see each Hail Mary as a step closer to meeting Jesus in the Mysteries.

Through the Rosary, I have found my life with Jesus enriched and expanded. Unlike those who claim that it’s “all about Mary,” the Rosary is a glorious reflection of the life of Jesus. Each Mystery of the Rosary focuses on an event in the life of Jesus or Mary (or both). Even the two Mysteries that are strictly Marian (The Assumption and Coronation of Mary) are meaningless without the truth of the Incarnation.

If you are looking to begin praying the Rosary, the USCCB provides this excellent resource.

Solutions in Silence

Those who are close to me know that I am an avid reader. It wasn’t until this year that I began pairing my Rosary devotion with the intentional act of reading. During Lent, I wrote and read daily with the Blessed is She Lenten journal. After Lent, however, I felt like I was hanging. I missed the act of delving into the Daily Readings and then writing in my journal. It was as if a large part of my devotional life that was just cultivated was now gone.

Thanks to the wonder of the Internet, I found Take Up and Read. Take Up and Read is a wonderful ministry that encourages women to engage the written word of God while soaking it into their hearts. Because I am devoted to the Rosary, I wanted a study that could help foster this devotion more and more. One of the newest additions to Take Up’s collection is Ponder, which guides readers through each of the Mysteries of the Rosary with paired Scriptures, journaling spaces, and a devotional.

By using Ponder, I am once again reminded of the primacy of Christ in the act of Marian devotion. A few days ago, I read the daily devotional written by Elizabeth Foss. She writes about the Joyful Mystery of the Annunciation:

She comes bearing Jesus…Mary brings the joy of the Lord to Elizabeth, to baby John [the Baptist], and to us. Indeed, the sweet mother of Jesus is so joyful that she breaks into a glorious song of praise…She will remain with our Lord for His lifetime, always a handmaiden, always pointing towards God. We can trust her to take us to Him

Through the quiet contemplation of the Rosary, I am ultimately brought closer to Jesus. This is not a Jesus of smiles and rainbows, but a Jesus that lived and suffered on Earth, just as we do today. The Rosary is an antidote for sugary religion that ultimately rots our souls.

What about you?

If you’re a Catholic, do you have a special bond with Mary through the Rosary? If yes, why do you pray the Rosary? If you don’t have a special bond with Our Lady, what are some ways you can cultivate a Marian spirit of love, service, and perseverance in your heart?

If you’re not a Catholic or don’t want to pray the Rosary, I recommend that you take time to read the Gospels and mediate on the passages about and words spoken by Mary. How can Mary show you the way to Jesus?

May God bless you on this Wednesday!

“My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Luke 1:46

Living Lent After Lent

It’s been nearly 20 days since Easter Sunday, and still, I feel like I’m living in the season of Lent.

Lately, life has thrown a lot of me. It’s not anything negative, but the simple busyness of life has come at me fast since Easter. I always feel like I’m running from one place to another, running on little sleep and 2-3 cups of coffee with Cinnabon creamer per day. My prayer and devotional life has suffered, and some days, I think, “I haven’t prayed, or I’ve prayed very little, today.” On these days, life is unsurprisingly more difficult.

But, today I forced myself to pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. When I say “forced,” I don’t mean that it’s a requirement for Catholics to pray the Rosary. Rather, it’s totally optional, but a totally optional practice I had slacked on for the past few months. In the past, I had a habit of praying a Rosary every day, and it’s no coincidence that my life was better for it. In the busyness of Lent and Easter, the practice fell away. It was more difficult to get up in the morning for 20 extra minutes.

I let hustle take over.

But, today, I calmed my mind and I prayed. As this week has been yet another busy week for the books, I felt calmer and more at peace than I have for a while. It was as if a load was lifted from my shoulders. Just 20 minutes is all it took to achieve a noticeable peace in my daily life.

So, my advice to you is this: When the season of Lent is over and you still feel like you’re in Lent, take time to pray. Say an Our Father or say something in your own words. God is not seeking perfection, He only wants to hear from us. He knows what’s on your heart, but He wants so much for us to reach out to Him through prayer.

As this week draws to a close, think of how you can spend more time with God. Maybe it’s reading from the Daily Readings or simply sitting in quiet. No matter what that time is, it will never disappoint you.

Have a happy weekend!

 

 

 

For Everyone New: An Introduction

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the regularly scheduled programming.

At the beginning of Lent, I had a great idea. I thought that I would abstain from all social media, including blogging. In my mind, I imagined that this time off would help me recharge and revamp my writing ministry. As it turns out, the idea to fast from writing was not one of my brightest ideas. Since Easter, I’ve sluggishly turned to my keyboard, only to find myself staring at the blank screen. As it turns out, writing is a lot like exercising a muscle. The more you do it, the easier, and better, it becomes. Conversely, the less you write (or exercise), the more difficult the task is. So now, eight days after Easter, I’m finally writing to you.

Surprisingly, during the Lenten season, I picked up a few followers not only here on WordPress, but also on Facebook and Twitter. This post is for those who are new to Quelpart. However you ended up here, I am grateful. I hope my writing brings you the joy of Christ in your daily life.

What’s a “Quelpart?”

You can read more about the story behind my blog’s name HERE. In short, Quelpart is the French name of the island I lived on while teaching in Korea. But, the name means much more than that.

About Me

I’m Sarah. I was born, raised, and educated in Kentucky. I worked and lived in South Korea for a year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved looking at and reading maps. My heart is always in East Asia. In the early morning, I rattle my rosary beads. By day, I’m a teacher. At night, I read books, write, and drink coffee. When I’m not working or reading or praying, I collect designer handbags. The wildest thing I’ve ever done is travel to Tijuana, Mexico for bariatric surgery.

If I’m not jetsetting or scouting New York City’s Flushing Chinatown with my Long Island fiance, you can usually find me at my parish’s adoration chapel. I’m a convert to Catholicism, and my only regret is that I wish I would have done it sooner. I love the Sacred Heart and Divine Mercy. I am devoted to our Blessed Mother, especially under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

About This Blog

Around here, I blog almost exclusively about the intersection of the Catholic faith and “real life.” Occasionally, I may mention my travels. But overall, this is a blog fascinated with the wild and sacred adventure of life with Jesus. I try to blog twice a week: sometimes more, sometimes less. Regardless, I pray you’ll stick around and keep reading.

to Him through Her,

Sarah

 

GUEST POST – On Choosing a Nun’s Life: The Road Less Taken by Christina M. Sorrentino

Welcome to the Fifth Sunday of Lent. I pray your time of reflection and sacrifice is bringing you closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As we progress through the weeks, I pray that you have found my Lenten series of guest posts to be a blessing in your spiritual walk. Today, it is my pleasure to host Christina M. Sorrentino, a digital friend and fellow blogger. Christina is an aspiring nun and she’s sharing her vocation story today. May you be blessed by Christina’s witness to the faithfulness of Christ.

“And Mary said, Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”

-Luke 1:38

Growing up I had never been around religious sisters as my entire education was in the public schools, and it was not until I was an undergraduate in college that one day while walking to class I happened to turn around and there behind me was a Daughter of St. Paul. I remember how seeing that sister in her blue habit bought a smile to my face that day while I thought to myself, “What are the odds on a public college campus there would be a religious sister”? That is the first time that I remember ever encountering a religious sister.

The thought of becoming a nun never entered into my mind until I was in my early twenties and met a young seminarian who was joyful and zealous about his vocation to the priesthood. I recall sitting with one of my friends at dinner one evening and admitting to her that seeing this seminarian preparing for his upcoming ordination inspired me to begin thinking about my own vocation, and I said, “I think I want to be a nun”. I was terrified at such a thought and pushed it right out of my mind almost immediately after I made the statement. Where would such a thought come from, me a nun? How could I give up my dream of becoming a teacher, a dream I had worked so hard to attain my entire life and instead enter into the convent? I was only a year away from a bachelor’s degree and having a career, and I was not ready to be open to the will of God at that time in my life.

Fast forward after several years of teaching, and having the experience of a lifetime in my dream career I started to think about becoming a religious sister again, and a gentle nudge to consider the convent came back to me. Now in my mid-twenties I finally felt that I had reached a point in my life that I could be open to God’s plan for my life. I loved my job, and I knew that I could go about living the rest of my life working and living a normal life like majority of everyone else, but I felt I wanted more in my life. I had this burning desire to not only be happy in my life, but to have this deep feeling of being content, and ultimately living a life of complete and total satisfaction and fulfillment. There was a moment for me kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament after mass one Sunday when God confirmed for me that I need to be open to His will, and I felt content with such a feeling, although scared of what this meant for me, and how others would respond to this choice.  But I was overcome with this strong desire to want a more intimate relationship with Christ in a way that could only be between a religious sister and her divine spouse. I allowed the Holy Spirit to guide me and found such a deep sense of peace in having a call to religious life. I am also blessed to have received support and encouragement from the priests in my life, and through their vocation I have been continuously inspired to fulfill my own vocation.

I will be entering Marycrest Convent with the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, a contemplative-missionary religious community, on September 8th, the Feast of the Birth of Mary. How beautiful to receive a date on a Marian feast day! I first learned about the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate from the Council Superior of Women Religious website and the magazine of the Sisters, The Parish Visitor, given to me by one of the

Religious Sisters

Imagine Sisters

priests at my parish, which further confirmed for me I needed to visit this community. The Sisters help fallen away Catholics to have a deeper relationship with Christ and to find their way back home to the Church. Such a charism of imitating the Good Shepherd and striving to bring the lost sheep home truly has touched my heart. They have a devotion to Our Lady and pray the Rosary daily as a community, and each day also have holy mass, Eucharistic adoration, meditation, and pray the Liturgy of the Hours together. Their life of prayer being centered on Jesus that expands out into to their apostolate missions makes them contemplative-missionaries, and searching for a community that is both contemplative and active was an important part of my discernment journey. I hope as a religious sister to be able to help others to come back to the Church and to know the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

Christina M. Sorrentino is a millennial, cradle Catholic who is an aspiring religious sister, and a blogger and writer in Staten Island, New York. She is the author of Called to Love A Listening Heart – A Book of Catholic Poetry. She has contributed to Blessed is She, Pursued by Truth, Pilgrim – A Journal of Catholic Experience, Leonie’s Longing, Catholic New York, and the Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals. She blogs about faith and discernment at “Called to Love a Listening Heart”. You can also find Christina on Facebook and Twitter.