RELIGIOUS LIFE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 2017 by Sr. Betty King, CND

One of Marguerites’s dreams in coming to the New World was to educate children. Achieving this goal led her on a long and circuitous journey, one that was filled with surprises, challenges, and contradictions, a journey that enabled her to find God in astonishing places and circumstances. As a teacher, I feel that I am on a similar journey, hoping to empower others to learn, to grow, and to achieve their dreams.

Currently I am teaching English and Life Skills at an educational center for immigrant women. The primary goal of these women is to learn English so that they can provide a better life for their families.

When I began this ministry, I did not realize all the burdens these women carry — fear, loneliness, poverty, family problems, a history of abuse, lack of basic educational skills . . . and the list goes on. Tucked into my role as teacher, there are so many opportunities for being a good listener, an encourager, a spiritual guide, a social worker, a marriage counselor, one who empowers, and so on.  Aren’t these the things that Marguerite did? I believe that Marguerite took what each day offered, whether it fit into her original plan or not, and gave it her best. She trusted in God and wonderful things happened. I believe that this is what God asked of Marguerite and what he is asking of you and me each day of our lives. I hope that in this spirit, I can wake each morning wondering what surprises God has in store for me, be open to a few changes in my plans, and respond from a heart filled with love.