Lizette-110-2010I was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  My parents made sure that my three siblings and I grew in our in faith by taking us to church, catechism, communion, and confirmation classes.  I attended Texas A&M University where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science.  Even though I was ready to enter the work force with my degree, there still seemed to be something missing in my life.

In the spring of 2007 I attended a retreat.  What I experienced on retreat answered what my heart had been missing.  This was the moment in my life where I knew without a doubt God existed.  I turned my life over to him and only wanted to serve Him with all my heart.  I had an interest in visiting a religious community to learn about their dedication to Jesus but I didn't act on it.

It was in the spring of 2010, that my thoughts about the consecrated life entered my heart again.  I spoke to a priest about my desire and he directed me to contact the Servants of the Cross and recommended that I give them a call just to find out more about them.  I called and spoke with Sister Anna.  A few weeks later, I was on my way to Ottawa for a "Come and See" retreat.  On the last day of my retreat, my heart wanted to say YES! to an invitation to apply to the community but my mind thought of every excuse possible (it's cold, it's far, it's away from family, friends, my job, my car, my cat, but mostly, because it wasn't in MY plan).  I told Sister Anna that I needed time to pray about the invitation.

I returned to Houston and started to attend daily mass asking God why my heart felt this resounding Yes! to join the community.  And one day at a Spanish mass I heard these words on my heart, "Me llamaste a caminar contigo", (You have called me to walk with you).  This was the moment I knew and understood why my heart was saying Yes!  It was because this was God's plan, not mine.  I felt peace knowing that I was saying Yes! to God's invitation.


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