Vocation Stories

The True Love to Be Loved

“I found Him whom my soul loves, and nobody can take Him from me. Oh, how good it is, how beautiful it is! Why have You loved me so much? I feel myself so full of misery! But I love Him, and I don’t know how to do anything other than love Him…I love Him with His very own love!”

In this brief and magnificent thought of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, I found the synthesis of my religious vocation, the object of my aspirations, and their realization and fulfillment: it was what I had always searched for and what I had finally found: Love- true, faithful, constant and supreme love.

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The Holy Virgin Watched Over Me

When I was a little child, I had a strong attraction for religion and for all that had to do with the spiritual life of the human being. But unfortunately, I never had somebody to show me the way to the truth and to give me the chance to know my Catholic Faith better. And so, I began to follow another sect: the Jehovah Witness. They used to come to my house to talk to me about God according to their belief and I, yearning for God, allowed myself to get involved with them until I, too, became a Testimony of Jehovah. I followed them, not knowing that I had a Heavenly Mother watching over me.

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The Greatest Love Story -A story of Love that calls to love

I was born in Rome, Italy. Right after my birth, my mother was dying and was saved through the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. Surely Padre Pio didn’t want me to be orphaned because God Himself already had special designs planned for my life: the call of a vocation to the consecrated life, the call for undivided and eternal love for the High King and God. My parents often brought me to church together with my other siblings. I was enchanted by the sacred celebrations: Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, etc., which usually left me in deep and lofty thoughts. It seemed to me that I understood the infinite love of God for all His creatures and His unfathomable mercy. I prayed often, and united to those prayers produced tears of deep and tender feelings.

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Sister Maria Cristiana
Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate

House of the Immaculate
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United Kingdom

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