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Being Open to God’s Grace

[caption id="attachment_4196" align="alignright" width="200"] Blog by Associate Mary Ellen George, OPA[/caption] A sister shared with me recently her excitement about writing children’s stories and how she lets the Spirit fill her with inspiration, guiding her fingers as she taps on the keyboard and tells stories with lessons of hope and other heartfelt themes.  She finds God very present in the writing process, often releasing her creative spirit and transforming her as she thinks about what she wants to write about and what is actually written.  God and she collaborate in this mystical experience of storytelling. Whatever your craft or passion is, I suspect that you experience moments of this same mystical presence of being guided and letting the Spirit work within you.  Grace happens sometimes when we are not even aware of it.  I know that when I write these blogs or other writings, I try to be open to what God wants to reveal to and through me and to tap into that Source that is present in me, in all of us. My barriers have to come down though so that I can enter into this space with God and be transformed.  I liken the dismantling of these barriers to the message we hear in Matthew 18:3, which states “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  To become like children, who are dependent and trusting of their parents, we, as God’s disciples are encouraged to recognize our dependency on God and trust that God holds us and guides us with loving care. Where does God meet you in the crossroads of life?  How do you collaborate and work with God to bring about beauty, goodness, and joy within and around you?  As a New Year’s resolution, why not ask God to help you become like a child, trusting and depending on God’s graces in your life to uplift and guide you through whatever journey you are facing. If you are ready to take God’s hand to discern about the religious life, our Vocation Ministers will be glad to talk with you.

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