I’ve been blessed with a wonderful parish staff that is very supportive of youth ministry; I don’t take that for granted one bit. One of my dear coworkers, Sally, has been touching my heart from the very beginning. During my first month on the job, unbeknownst to me, she left in my office flowers and a heartfelt note of condolence and hope after she found out that my Mama passed away. Since then and up until today, she continues to check in on me and would often times send emails, in which she would reassure me of her prayers and support. When I would share with her upcoming events with the youth, she would always reply with something like “if my kids were still in high school, they’d definitely go to that!” to affirm the set plans.
What I am particular grateful for, aside from all of these mentioned above, is her strong, deeply rooted faith and how that has been such a source of comfort and peace to me, personally. Not just as a youth minister, but more so as a daughter of God. She only works part-time so I don’t get to see her as often as everyone else. However, there have been countless occasions when I’ve encountered her in the Adoration Chapel–random days, random times. Those encounters, while no words nor looks are always exchanged, kindle my own faith by her simple presence with Jesus. There is this desire to love God more when I see her love for Him. And there is a pure joy that emanates from her very being, which in turn brings me much joy and love of God and for God.
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
–Blessed Teresa of Calcutta