My very first time adoring the Lord was in 2019, in the chapel at the Bridgettine Convent. I wasn’t Catholic yet, but I was on my way and the sisters were a big part of my story. Little did I know after that first time I would spend years in this very place as I walked through a desert season of my life. I was grieving the loss of our first child and searching for answers in regards to my own health and fertility. Every Tuesday I went before the Blessed Sacrament with my prayers and petitions for our family and future children. Some days that meant tears and pleading with the Lord, other days I was learning to be still and to trust in His timing. But my heart was at peace because I knew I wasn’t alone. The Bridgettine sisters also spent hours everyday in this same chapel praying for me and our family, asking the Lord to bless us with a child.
Fast forward to 2022, we found out we were pregnant and I would spend that year in adoration thanking Jesus and asking him to protect this unborn child “from all danger, harm and imperfection.” It’s not lost on me now every time someone meets our son and says “he’s perfect!” What a gift the Lord gives me in those moments reminding me of that answered prayer. Not only is this boy loved by us, but he’s loved and cherished by the sisters as he’s an answered prayer of theirs as well!
And as we step into this season of new life and parenthood, I’m eternally grateful for our home in this chapel. John will grow up here, adoring the Blessed Sacrament each week and learning to love Jesus through the example and teachings of the sisters who have prayed for him from the very beginning.