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Reflection on World Day of Prayer for Vocations: May 15, 2011

How and where do I find God in my life as a Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto serving the people of Fort St. James, BC?

After taking my final vows on Oct. 7, 2010, I have been blessed to share our congregation’s charism or gift of unifying and inclusive love in my ministry with our people at Fort St. James, where I continue to deepen my personal relationship with God present in creation, in the ordinariness and busyness of my life — in good and difficult times.

God continues to bless me and draw me closer to him in many ways. As I live with the question of finding God in my life, I am discovering at a deeper level that wherever I am and whomever I am with, I see before me the person of Christ — in our elders in community, in the people I serve in the Soup Kitchen, in those struggling with addictions and grief and in others who simply need someone to pray with, a listening ear and a loving presence. While many of our people experience deep pain, they teach me and inspire me with their profound faith and great love for the earth and for one another. We have become the face of God for one another as we live Jesus' message: "Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me."

I desire and pray for deep peace and as much joy as is humanly possible - that I may be open to every gift, every struggle, every challenge with which our God of surprises will visit me each day, in love. I am truly blessed to be a Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto.

By Divinia Pedro CSJ

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