Yes, like Saint Therese (of Lisieux)! I’m not from France and don’t speak any French. I also didn’t loose my mom at a very young age. I don’t have siblings who entered the convent and I didn’t visit the Pope to ask permission to enter a religious order when I was 16. I’m 24, but hopefully I won’t die this year like she did when she was 24. I’m not famous and I’m not a saint. But there’s at least one thing we both share: we have the same vocation! Don’t be too shocked. I’m not telling you that
The year 2011 started well, midnight Mass with my Cardinal Archbishop at St. Leonard Church in the North End of Boston. This was a great way to start off what would be an eventful year. I entered the year with an important decision: when would I propose to my girlfriend, Anna? With lots of prayer, I decided on a date to pop the question that would forever change my life: March 6th, it’s the feast of her confirmation saint so I figured that would help me out a little. Thankfully, she said yes!
St. Therese of Liseux once said that her vocation “is to love.” Vocation is the most intimate part of our relationship with God. It is what gives meaning to everything we do, so this simple proclamation that one’s vocation is just to love was a huge thunderbolt moment for St. Therese. I recently had my own thunderbolt moment. As I was praying after Mass one day this week at the Life Teen Training Conference in Atlanta, I realized that my vocation is just as simple as St. Therese’s,