One Man Responds with Courage to the Lord’s Invitation to “Come and See”

Peace in the Lord Jesus!  My name is Vincent.  I am 23 years old, from the greater Philadelphia region in Pennsylvania, and a postulant with the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy.

Vincent prays in the Chapel at the Mercedarian House of Studies

I was born into a strong, Catholic family where I have been blessed with the biggest grace of life, the Catholic Faith.  From an early age, my relationship with Christ surrounded the Mass and the frequenting of the sacraments.  It was here that the Lord placed a deep and joyful desire on my heart to serve Him at the altar and among the Communion of Saints, the Church.  But it wasn’t until I went through several – and ongoing! – conversion experiences in my life that I began to muster up the fortitude to cooperate with His grace to say “Yes!” to the only Person Who really matters, Our Lord Jesus Himself.

I began to foster devotions to the saints: to become better friends, with Jesus, Mary, my guardian angel, St. John Vianney, St. Therese of Lisieux among others.  However, an experience with illness left me questioning mortality, “why am I truly here?”  I needed to re-commit to the Lord God, and Our Father in heaven.  After traversing through the downright frightening, existential experiences of college, I learned something about the virtue of perseverance.  But, there was yet incompletion inside.

A friend told me about the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes.  He urged me – and it was Christ in him – to “Come and see.”  Thus I met the Friars of the Blessed Mother of Ransom, and from Day 1, the Lord prepared my heart to receive the resonant joy of accepting that He wanted me to discern my vocation, with others of the same mind and heart, here.  Finally, the Lord broke through: “Vincent, why do you stand here idle all day? – Do something!”

Dear Jesus, we give you our hearts and pray to do what you ask of us.  Then, whatever happens, is Your Holy Will, for we trust in You!

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