Sister Grace Dominic
Sr. Grace Dominic of Sisters of Life gave a truly captivating personal testimony of the long, winding road that led her to religious life. She's a former New York journalist, and her first day of work in the "real world" was on Sept. 11, 2001. As a young journalist myself, I can't imagine getting sent out to cover that tragic event on my first day. Although 9/11 didn't directly lead her to religious life, she said that being on the scene that day and watching the firefighters run into the buildings to save others, seemingly without a second thought to their own lives, gave her an eye-opening look of what true selflessness looks like. As she spoke with passion about her desire to serve God, it was obvious that although she at first resisted her vocational call, she ended up in the right place.
Fr. Joe O'Conner of Syracuse, N.Y., also gave a great testimony. He's been a priest for 6 years, although he barely looks a day over 21. He was humorous and relatable, and also very passionate about his work of increasing religious vocations. Both he and Sr. Dominic seem to be serving the Church well with their enthusiasm and dedication.
I can't wait for the papal welcoming tomorrow. I'm sure it will be an even crazier scene than the opening Mass, but I will gladly be pushed around in 100 degree weather for a glimpse of the Santo Padre!
Adios from Spain,
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