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I have confidence that I am hearing Jesus when I hear His voice through a friend I know is close to
Christ. When Sr. Jackie Jean-Marie Gitonga, fsp, holds my hand and tells me that Jesus and His Blessed Mother understand a particular struggle I am going through and will remain with me until the end, I get chills up my spine at the unequivocal assurance that her words are from Jesus Master. Sr. Jackie is a friend, a prayer warrior, and a loving and beloved spouse of Jesus. Through her, I can grow closer to Christ. The joy that fills her life and the love she cannot help but share with others show us the Way to Jesus. She is one of over a hundred Daughters of St. Paul in my life who represent Jesus Way.
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Finally, and most importantly, I need to strengthen my own relationship with Jesus, mainly by spending time with Him. I think of my own children; I have spent so much time with my children every day for years and years that if one whispers to me while I am sleeping at 2 AM, I immediately know which child it is and can often even anticipate his or her needs. Of course now they range from 22 to 17 years old, so middle of the night problems are usually much bigger than when they used to request a light on, a glass of water, or help for an upset stomach. The stressful situations I encounter at work have certainly not grown easier with time. Life changes, and we encounter terrifying surprises in our life that we never dreamed we would someday be experiencing. The one constant, the one thing that never changes, is the presence of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, in our family and friends, in our Church (especially in the Eucharist and the other Sacraments), and always in us. He is always here for us, but we need to make certain that we do not ignore Him.
As we continue to work through these steps of the Way, the Truth, and the Life, we cannot help but know God’s love in this life and for eternity, and no one, ever, “can snatch it out of the Father’s hand” (Jn 10:30).
Jeffrey E. Mathews, MD, has been a Pauline Cooperator since October 11, 2009. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in St. Louis, MO, and are blessed with three sons and two daughters (two out of college, two in college, and one in high school). Dr. Mathews, a gastroenterologist, is trying really hard to improve his Spanish for his annual medical mission trip to Honduras.