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My Life Married to Christ: A Q&A with Sr. Maria Kim

How long have you been a nun?

I was a temporary professed sister for five years, and I’ve been a perpetually professed sister for almost a year now!

How did you know that God was calling you to be a nun? Were you ever afraid of making that commitment?

The Lord called me to be a sister when I was fourteen years old while I was praying the Rosary. I felt Him ask me to give my whole life to Him so that many other people could know the joy that comes from being loved by Jesus. Life is full of moments where we might become afraid, but God has always been faithful! When we say “yes” to God, He never ceases to give us every grace we need to joyfully do His will.

Why did you choose to join the Daughters of St. Paul?

I always tell people that God chose the Daughters of St. Paul for me. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true. He says in John’s Gospel, “You did not choose me. I chose you.” That’s the way it is. He moved mountains to show me that I was created to be a Daughter of St. Paul, and I have to be faithful to His voice.

What’s your favorite thing about being a nun?

I love being married to Jesus and allowing Him to do His ministry through me. I love interceding for people and being available for whatever God asks of me.

Do you have any advice for someone who thinks God may be calling them to the religious vocation?

I always tell people who are discerning their vocation to be courageous and remember Jesus said, “I came that you might have life and have it to the full.” His dreams for us are our joy. God both wants the best for us and gives us every grace and strength we need. God is the best lover, friend, guide, help, mentor we could ever wish for!

Learn to love the quiet, gentle (yet strong) way He speaks. He never forces us to listen to Him so we must learn to be quiet and to love His voice. God speaks in our prayer. Learn to say “yes” to Him in all the little invitations He extends.

Can you give us one piece of advice about prayer? And is there anything else you’d like to say to teens?

Learn to pray by praying. Make time and ask the Holy Spirit as you begin to pray or even as you are preparing to pray. The Holy Spirit will help you to pray. You will be amazed. Also, even if you don’t feel particularly close to the Blessed Mother or if for some reason you feel distant from her, gently and constantly ask for the grace to love her. She is the “fast road” to the heart of Jesus.

Don’t let people fool you. Being a spiritual person is not being a cop out. Being a spiritual person is actually choosing to be fully alive. Being a spiritual person is choosing to engage all of life. Don’t let people fool you. Being a prayerful person doesn’t make you a wimp. You learn to see things the way the Creator of the Universe loves and breaths it all into life. There are stages in the spiritual life, so let’s go for varsity and not settle for intramurals.

Pray. Pray when you’re happy, when you’re bored, when you’re sad, when you’re confused. Pray. Tell God everything. God wants to know everything. God wants to be the source of everything for you. Go to Confession when you sin and just keep praying. You will know joy when you pray. Promise!

If someone were to ask me what my favorite prayers were, I would recommend the Rosary and prayerful reading of the Scriptures before the Most Blessed Sacrament.

To learn more about the Daughters of St. Paul, check out their website and their upcoming Summer discernment opportunities:

  • CHICAGO — August 1-3 NUNAPALOOZA! Check out the Sisterhood with the Daughters of St. Paul. Ages 18-35. To register: Sr. Michael vocations@paulinemedia.com OR Sr. Helena hburns@paulinemedia.com
  • BOSTON — July 11-16 VOCATION DISCERNMENT CAMP for ages 14-18 at Daughters of St. Paul Motherhouse in Boston. RSVP to vocations@paulinemedia.com

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