My faith has always played a major role in my life, but like many people I have faced challenges and triumphs. I am grateful to have had my faith planted by my parents, shaped at Reicher Catholic High School, and deepened by St. Mary’s Catholic Student Center at Texas A&M University. I have been out of college for five years now, and I have found it to be more challenging to balance the demands of the “real world” and my spiritual life as a young adult. It takes a lot more self-discipline, and it can be easy to slip into a lifestyle that is bombarded with obstacles/stressors that cloud our vision making it difficult to see the path that God has planned for each and every one of us.
One of the greatest advantages about the Lawrence community is that we have such a strong relationship with Augustinians in the area. It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to spend time in prayer with those that are called to the religious life. My community is lucky to have such generous Augustinian priests that host us bi-monthly for dinner and prayer. I love having the opportunity to participate in praying the Divine Office together, and I am very grateful that the Augustinians have been so hospitable to us during our time here.
One of the main reasons that I chose to participate in the Augustinian Volunteers was because I wanted the opportunity to work on my spiritual journey by setting aside the demands of society and placing God at the forefront of my everyday life. At the beginning of my AV experience, I found myself falling back into the old habit of taking my eyes off of God and being overwhelmed with factors beyond my control. However, I have been reminded during my time in Lawrence that certain people enter our lives not through coincidence but because of God’s divine intervention. Everyone is on a different chapter of their spiritual journeys, but God wants to use each and every one of us as instruments if we are open and receptive to spreading messages of love, hope, generosity, and encouragement during difficulties. I have met inspiring people at my service site, in my community, and in the surrounding towns that are impacting my spirituality daily.
“Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.” – St. Augustine
Lawrence, MA 2017-2018