Blessings and Crosses: Conversion Story, Part 4

Conversion of heart is not a one-time process; rather it is something every one of us has to do everyday - turn our hearts to God. My journey of faith over the last 10 years has been filled with the most exhilarating of highs to the lowest of the lows. I had an amazing opportunity to see Pope John Paul II (now Blessed JPII) as a pilgrim at World Youth Day in Toronto, Canada in 2002. I thank God for blessing me with that opportunity since it was the last WYD our beloved Holy Father would be able to attend. I then saw his successor, Pope Benedict XVI in Germany in 2005 and again in Sydney, Australia in 2008. I have been blessed with wonderful Catholic friends who support me with their love and prayers, and I them. I wish that I could say everything has been peachy, unfortunately it hasn't. " My sister was diagnosed in 2005 with brain cancer at age 39 and passed away in August of 2007. I had a back surgery later that same year. I endured the loss of a job, an abusive ex-boyfriend and a car accident that left me without transportation, all in 2009. There have been bad breakups and financial struggles. And yet through it all, I have clung to the cross. Without my faith I am not sure I could have carried those heavy crosses that were coming. And he said to all: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23. I am still doing my best to do just that - going to Mass as often as I can, making time for prayer every day (I am not as good as I should be but I am getting better) and staying involved with my parish. Yep, and still going to confession, lets not forget that! It is all a part of the life of a practicing Catholic and I am so glad it's mine. Will there be blessings down the road? Sure. And the cross? Of course. But I will be ready for whatever the Lord has in store for me...this concludes my conversion story of where I began to where I am now. In conclusion, I just want to say thank you, dear God For all you have given me, For all you have taken away from me, For all you have left me. May I always have a thankful heart.

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Charity Squid 5 years ago

So sorry to hear of your loss and your misfortunes. But Jesus tells us to leave our burdens to him and he will give us rest. He will never leave you nor forsake you. God Bless.

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