Our Deepest Identity

My husband, Glenn, and I are at a crossroads.  We’re praying about “A Visit With St. Paul,” as he wrote in the last blog.  We’ve written a hopefully inspiring and humorous movie about St. Kateri Tekakwitha, re-named, “Better Mistakes”  (see “Kateri’s Path” tab above).  We thought we might sell it this summer but it turned out to be a false start.  Naturally, this was quite disappointing.

I’ve also been substitute teaching the past fourteen years, studying St. John Paul II”s Theology of the Body, spending time with my  family, and supporting Glenn in his one-man show of St. Paul.  But lately, I find myself wondering, “What am I doing?” and “Who am I?”

My college roommate, Nicole, said she wanted to be a teacher since she was a child.  Some people know they’re called to be nurses, mechanics, priests or nuns from an early age.  God hasn’t worked with me this way.  I enjoy working with youth, teaching and writing and I’ve had many jobs that have included these skills.

Our friend, Paul, stopped by recently.  He shared about some health  concerns so we offered to pay for a massage.  I told him that I was feeling a bit aimless and it would make me feel good to do something for him – partly, this was an “angle” because I knew it would help him accept the gift more easily.  We told him about our movie and other parts of our life that seem to be on hold.  He responded, “You two are such great pray-ers!  That’s so important.”

Thank you, Paul, because I needed to hear that!  Part of my identity does get caught up in what I’m doing or how life seems to be going.  But deep down, I know that my deepest identity is as a child of God.  And spending time with our Father, our Abba, our Daddy, and Jesus, our best friend and Savior is the most important thing that I can do and be.

Last winter, I was going through a stressful time and feeling anxious.  I prayed each morning…

“I am a daughter of the living God and a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.” 

What peace this gave me!   Satan was telling me that I was bad, worthless… and other such lies.  God showed me my deepest identity.  Through the prophet, we are reminded;

“You are precious in God’s eyes.”     — Isaiah 43:4

This link below, to a beautiful video by the musician/composer, John Michal Talbot will help make you aware of your deepest identity;

 

St. Paul To Make Local Visits

My husband as the Great Apostle, Christ the King, Westmere
“Rejoice in the Lord always!  Again, I say, rejoice.” Phil.4:4

So what’s the latest with “A Visit with St Paul?”

Well, for various reasons, I haven’t been lining up many events.  Instead, Maeve and I have been praying about the future of “Visit.”   It’s been obvious to us that the performance blesses people as it opens up to them, not only the life and legacy of St. Paul,  but more importantly, the power and beauty of the Gospel.   Yet, it has been a struggle to “open doors” in both churches and schools.  Frankly, it has been tiring.  So, we’ve been praying for the Holy Spirit to make it clear to us, just what efforts should be made and how we might more successfully “knock on doors,” even when many of those doors seem to be shut.

That being said, I’m pleased to report that I shall perform at St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa, on Sunday, October 9th, at 2 PM.      The performance will be in their auditorium, which is to the right of the church.

After that, the next event will be at St. Joseph’s Church in Broadalbin, NY  on Sunday, November 13, after the 10:30 Mass. Start time should be approximately noontime.

The Academy of St. Paul joins the Great Apostle in praising Jesus
The Academy of St. Paul joins the Great Apostle in praising Jesus , last fall in Ramsey, NJ

As the above photo indicates, I also perform for schools.  In our diocese, I kept the kids interested at St. Jude’s in Wynantskil.  Their questions afterwards demonstrated their strong interest and lively intelligence.   If you want to read more, please go to “A Visit with St. Paul,” and scroll down to see how much the Spirit was at work that day with the great kids at St. Jude’s.

I have also performed for the Sophomore class at Immaculate High School in Connecticut, and Gabriel Ricard H.S. in Ann Arbor, and students and teachers had very positive reactions in both schools.

Please pray that more principals would be open to inviting me to their grade/high schools!  And church pastors of course.  In fact, if you would be so kind, you can either contact me if you think your pastor or school principal might be interested, or simply forward them this blog.  If you choose the former, my phone # is 518 355-4843.   I really appreciate your help!

Maeve and I extend our heartfelt greetings to all of you as the summer winds down.  We pray that you may get in as much recreation as you can and that your hearts may be filled with the incomparable joy of the Lord, for as St. Paul exhorts us;

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I say; rejoice!”  -Phil. 4:4