Saying yes to Providence
When I reflect on my life, I am always grateful that God called me on the journey with the Sisters of Providence. God helped me to walk through the dark valleys and brought me to rest beside His source of grace. God chose and protected me. I feel like Matthew 8:8, “The centurion answered, Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof …“. I have received a lot of grace from God, and God still guides me.
Starting the journey
A few years ago, I followed God’s call to leave my family, country (Taiwan) and my favorite job. God called me, and I started on another journey in my life. Everything was new. I learned a new culture, language and how to live community life. I told myself that I am a learner, and my personality helps me to learn new things.
During this time I also overcame many new challenges. I learned how to appreciate the richness of different cultures and the diversity that the U.S. offers. Postulant year was very exciting. I always woke up happy from my dreams. I also had very fulfilling and challenging novice years, especially in the mission novice year. During that time my director did not live with me, but my time was divided into three parts: a new local community, mission year program, and classes at the English Language Academy of DePaul University. That year was more challenging than the previous two.
Comfort in challenge
At that time, I was feeling very upset, and I wanted to give up. When I opened Saint Mother Theodore’s biography and our Constitutions, I felt better. Her life inspired me again. I am not alone, and she understands me. Suddenly, I understood that all the challenges I was experiencing would help me to be a good sister and to serve God’s people.
What is it to be a good sister? A good sister is an excellent pastoral counselor, has a sympathetic nature, and understands those who have suffered. I began this process. According to the Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” When I pray, I often will shed tears and give thanks to God. As written in No. 5 of the Constitutions,” Community is formed by faith, hope and love lived not only in moments of light and peace but also in the pain and darkness of human existence.”
There is a song that was very important to me in my novice year. I liked to use these lyrics to motivate, inspire and encourage me to continue growing as a Sister of Providence. The lyrics are, “I say, ‘Yes,’ my Lord, in all the good times, through all the bad times. I say, ‘Yes,’ my Lord, to every word you speak.” So, I would like to use these lyrics to show my desire as I prepare to become a vowed member of the Sisters of Providence.
At this time, I have a deeper understanding and experience of the vowed religious life. I want to take the next step and fully commit myself to the life and mission of the Sisters of Providence. So, I ask all of you, my dear sisters and brothers, to keep praying for me.
You can tune in via this link to watch the livestreaming of the vow ceremony for Sisters Teresa and Corbin this Sunday, July 26, at 10:30 a.m. EDT.