It was a Thursday evening and I was finishing the day relaxing with a glass of wine, when the phone rang. The caller id showed “St. Clare of Montefalco”, and I was tempted not to answer. But I did and our persuasive pastor was on the line requesting that I volunteer to give my resurrection story at mass on Sunday. So of course I had to agree to speak.
My story began early. I am a cradle Catholic, who spent 12 years in Catholic school. My parents were very devout and we always attended Mass and prayed the rosary. I met my husband right after high school, and we go married a year later. Family members felt that we were too young and it would never last, but we were to prove them wrong.
We struggled in the early years to raise 3 children on a single salary. We were involved in all the usual activities, scouts, little league, school programs etc.
Though our children spent time in Catholic school, we began to become casual Catholics. We were so busy, we didn’t always have time to attend Sunday mass.
Years flew by, the children grew, and we were living the American dream. Both my husband and I had lucrative careers which afforded us many perks including a sailboat which occupied all of our time when we weren’t working.
Then my American dream came crashing down. While on a vacation trip to Annapolis my husband suffered a heart attack and died. He was only 53 years old.
My world was rocked, and though I had a very supportive family, I spent a good year wondering what to do with my life. With much family prayer, I came to realize that I needed to turn to God and let Him resurrect me. I returned to the Church with a whole hearted willingness to be the person God wanted me to be.
I began to take classes and really learn about the Catholic Church, the one true church founded by Jesus. I started sharing my faith and love for God with the 8th
grade catechism students at St. Clare. It is such joy to see these young students searching for the truth.
I have been so blessed since my “resurrection”. I am filled with joy and love for God, and His gift of faith. I look forward to sharing my faith with every person who enters my life.
What is joy? St. Paul states in 1Cor 2:9 But as it is written:
“What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,
and what has not entered the human heart,
what God has prepared for those who love him,”