I was baptized Catholic as a baby but not raised Catholic. In my late 30’s I felt I was being called to join the church and it had to be Catholic. When I would mention this to someone, they would question me with “why”. I couldn’t explain why and as the feeling got stronger, I thought, “Why not?”
On my fortieth birthday I showed up at Newman, sat in the middle, stood when others stood. Had no idea what was going on, but as I sat there the tears ran down my face and I knew I was at home, where I belonged. I kept going, attended classes and was welcomed into the church.
At age 42 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I then understood why God was calling me and saw how the Holy Spirit had been working in my life. It’s now been over 20 years and He continues to be by my side, helping me through some very hard times. Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.”
Thank you, Lord, for always being with me and never stopped calling my name.
— Karen Graham