|A few weeks ago, we introduced you to two Saint Pius X parishioners, Rachel Staley and Alexis Lolmaugh, who will be entering the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in early September. As we continue to pray for these two remarkable women, we wanted to give all parishioners the opportunity to learn a bit more about each of them.
Favorite Scripture Passage: It seems like every day, I add another favorite to my list! Yet, I think the passage I find my heart repeating the most often is Luke 1:38, our Lady's Fiat. "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy word."
"Go To" Prayer:So many great prayers! I think my "go to" form of prayer is meditation with Scripture. I find I am never able to exhaust the infinite treasury of these words which continue to have new and deeper meaning for me every time I turn to them. My real, serious prayer life began with daily mediating with Scripture. I found it profoundly changed my life and I continue to have a deep love of the Lord's Word.
I really love the Chaplet of Divine Mercy as well. It reminds me of the Lord's infinite mercy and His desire to abundantly lavish such mercies upon us. This is also one of my favorite forms of intercessory prayer, in which I place others in the Lord's merciful love.
A Saint that Guides You: The saints are so good! Firstly, the Blessed Virgin Mary. She daily teaches me what it means to love Her Son and to be an authentic and holy woman. I also often turn to St. Joseph in his profound humility and deep love of our Lord and our Lady. St. Maria Goretti is my confirmation saint, whose intercession I implore often. Her profound mercy and love never cease to amaze me and call me to such depths of holiness.
Favorite Scripture Passage: The Annunciation passage (Luke 1:26-38) and Luke 2:19 ("And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart") have always been my favorite passages to reflect on. They help me remember to look up to Mary and imitate her constant "fiat" to God's will, as well as to continually ponder and be amazed at His grace and mercy in my life.
"Go To" Prayer: I like to just talk to Jesus throughout the day. It makes prayer more personal; it gives me the chance to share my feelings and thoughts with him as well as seek guidance.
A Saint that Guides You: After Mary, St. Therese is the Saint that I consider to be my big sister. She has had an influence in my family long before I was born, so I've known who she was since I was little. When I was first beginning to seriously discern my vocation, I read her autobiography; since then, she has been the one Saint that I have felt that I can relate to and turn to in nearly any situation.