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To fall in love with God is the greatest romance, to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him the greatest achievement.  My name is Margaret Mary Verdeyen but everybody calls me Maggie.  I am nineteen years old.  I am number nine of ten children.  This is my vocation story. 

I first started to think about the religious life when I was a sophomore in high school.  I was sixteen and I had just gotten back from Life Teen.  One Sunday, while I was there, they had a mini retreat.  It was such an emotional retreat for me.  I can remember breaking down and crying because of everything my family was going through. Then God tapped me on the shoulder saying something about religious life.  I thought about it, then dismissed it.  I moved to Kansas my junior year and got very involved in church here at Blessed Sacrament.  My senior year I was still very involved in church activities and was always the happiest at church functions and simply, just being in the church.  I loved it.  But, when I would work on college applications and stuff that whole year, I knew something was off.  I went to Colorado on a mission trip for spring break. When I came back, I went to a symposium at Benedictine College and I thought; "okay, I want to be a teacher".  Something still didn't feel right. 

When I got back to school, I was in Christian Vocations and my religion teacher was talking about vocations in life.  God put an invitation for a specific vocation when he made us.  I, then, got another tap on my shoulder saying I needed to look into religious life.  It freaked me out.  I talked to the Chaplain of my school who thought I should visit the Sisters and meet with one of them.  Honestly, I didn't want to visit because I knew the answer and it wasn't something I wanted to deal with.  

Eventually, I went and met the Sisters and had a great time.  When I left and got home, I had the thought; "what's the catch, what's going to go wrong? This is perfect". I prayed about it the whole month of June but thought maybe this wasn't for me. On June 28, I went to 6:30AM Mass and got called again saying you are to be an Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister.  I said, OK.  I got an application and I was accepted.

I enter the convent September 7th, 2014.  

God our Father, in Baptism You called me by name and made me a member of your Church.  You placed within my heart an invitation to follow you along a particular path. Send your Spirit to guide and strengthen me that I may always do Your will as Jesus did.  O Blessed Virgin Mary, help me to know God's will for me; form within me a generous heart and as fruit of your tears, inspire generous young women to answer the call of your Son to love Him, the Bridegroom, with an undivided heart to serve His Church as daughter of your Immaculate Heart.  Amen.  

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Discernment Prayer

 

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