After reading “The Life of Venerable Anne De Guigne”, she inspired me to love sinners. Anne would pray for their conversion with all her heart. She prayed until they were converted. Ever since I was a small girl I had a great desire to work for God. I wanted to use my life for His Glory. My soul was thirsty. Nothing satisfied my longing for my God. I have the need to be useful for God’s Glory. I wished I could have been a nun or missionary or a great heroine like Joan of Arc, but God called me to the married life instead. My desire to work for the Lord was still burning in my heart more and more. Now, I desired to become a servant since I could not be anything I wished I could have been. I felt a call to pray for the conversion of sinners. While in church at a Sunday Mass, I looked up to see the painting of Our Lady and to my surprise, I heard Our Lady say in my heart that she wanted me to pray for sinners, but to pray for them as if they were part of my own family, my own brothers and sisters.
There was a man at my parish that would drive his wife to daily Mass everyday and wait in his car for her. On Sundays he would go to Mass but he would not receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It would break my heart every time I saw him because he was so close and yet so far. This man reminded me of my earthly father whom I loved so much. I saw him every Sunday since we went to the same mass. I felt called to adopt him as my first spiritually adopted father. I asked Our Lady if she would take me as her servant. I wanted to serve Jesus with all my heart through her, and I asked her for a sign that she would accept my poor insignificant offering. The sign was that I would see this poor man, my first spiritually adopted father receive Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Day after day I prayed for my adopted father especially during the Consecration at Mass. I prayed with all my heart to the point that my heart would hurt. Since I did not know his name I wrote a description on a piece of paper which I put under a statue of Our Lady and his name for me was ‘My adopted father.” The more I prayed for him the greater the desire help him to save his soul. I offered my communions for his conversion, I added him to my daily prayers, I asked my family to pray for him, etc. My love for my adopted father grew more and more each day. After praying for him for a while I started to really see him like my real earthly father. After six months, Our Lady, The Virgin Mary gave me the most beautiful surprise, it was Christmas Day 2004, She had finally accepted my poor offering. I saw her statue smile at me; my adopted father went up and received Our Lord’s Body and Blood. I was unable to hold my tears. The happiness in my heart was inexplicable. I felt such a great joy. I have never been so happy in my entire life. I knew at that moment I had become Our Lady’s servant. I knew at that moment that I had found my vocation, to work for the salvation of my brothers and sisters. I pledged to her that I would do everything I can to help save souls through her Son, Jesus Christ.
In my heart there is an incredible desire to pray for sinners. In my heart, there is a warrior for souls. This is the work that my heart has been thirsting for all my life until now. I want to fight for the salvation of all of my brothers and sisters. After my adopted fathers conversion I started to adopt more sinners as well as people in the faith. I pray for them and make sacrifices everyday and I know with the intercession of Our Lady my adopted family will be healed, converted, and saved and one day we will all rejoice in God’s Kingdom forever.
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