In this Random Nun Clip, a student asks how to know if God is calling you to a vocation or if it's just an idea you yourself have. Hear the full Ask Sister podcast AS213 at aNunslife.org. Sister Maxine with guests: Sister Mary Jackson and Sister Guerline Joseph of the Salesian Sisters.
LEFT: Sr. Mary Jackson was born in upstate New York, one of five children. An amazing conversion experience led her to a religious vocation. She found the Salesian Sisters online. Sr. Mary professed her vows 12 years ago. On that day, she realized that God's dream and her dreams were a perfect match. Currently ministering as the principal of Villa Madonna Catholic School in Tampa, Sr. Mary is passionate for Jesus and young people. She can be found in the classroom, on the basketball court and in the chapel, always with the young. Her prayerful and energetic way are fueled by her relationship with Jesus. On a daily basis, she works with parents and their children, as they celebrate life and grow through difficulties that life presents.
RIGHT: Sr. Guerline Joseph was born in Haiti and grew up in New Jersey. As a child, she desired to be many things, including a flight attendant, a restauranteur and a professional athlete. At the same time, she always had a heart of service for others. She connected with the Salesian Sisters through a vocation magazine called VISION (vocationnetwork.org) and since then has found fulfillment in her relationship with Jesus through her mission with young people. Currently, Sr. Guerline, who is seven years professed, spends her day ministering to hundreds of young people, teaching them dance and hanging out at the Salesian Youth Center/Boys and Girls Club after school. She enjoys running, cleaning, and celebrating birthdays.
This Random Nun Clip is brought to you by A Nun's Life Ministry. I'm Sister Maxine, and we are here on a Motherhouse Road Trip in Tampa, Florida. And we are delighted to be joined by Sister Guerline Joseph.
And Sister Mary Jackson.
Hello, welcome all.
With us here in the audience are students from Villa Madonna and joining us by livestream and in the chat room, students from the Academy of Our Lady High School in Marrero, Louisiana, and students from Immaculata LaSalle High School in Miami, and other listeners with us online from around the world and across the US.
Hi, I'm Isabelle. How do you know if you're being called by God?
That's a good question. I mean, some people wonder -- and maybe you're asking -- is this for me? Do I want to just be a sister? Or is God calling me? Is that what your question is? Okay, so for me, you know what it is? Truly, it's within your heart to know the truth. And sometimes the truth, it doesn't always bring peace to you right away because it's scary. I didn't, my friends didn't, and my family didn't think that I would become a sister. But because the thought came and I continued it in prayer, and I shared with people. So it's a journey to figure that out. But we're always walking towards God. And it's so hard to choose between good and good, or great and better. And that's the choices God gives us. So ultimately, to have a spiritual advisor and to work with him or her, and to be faithful to prayer, and like an adult in your life who can kind of help you walk through it -- or a religious -- to help you figure out is that something that's just from you or from God. But truly I found out that my dreams match God's dreams, the ones that are true happiness for now.
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This transcript has been lightly edited for readability.