I would like when we meet in the neighborhood, making rosaries or at some other event that unites us, to hear your ideas. What do you expect from me? What do you expect from Build the Faith bloggers? Today, I’m sharing what it means for me to be a blogger on this website, which has become a place of prayer and hope for those of us who visit the blog weekly.
When I started writing these blogs, I had a lot of doubts about what to write and how to reach out to you. It was suggested that I share my life experiences and feelings. To write something that touches the readers’ hearts is very difficult, at least for me who finds it hard to share all those things! Even so, I have tried to do it and, above all, I have wanted to use this space to evangelize, as Saint John Paul II recommended many years ago when speaking about the New Evangelization in the Third Millennium.
I believe that our bloggers are missionaries on social media. Writing a blog is not a job, it’s a vocation! We know that the Devil does not want us to evangelize through the networks and that what we say runs the risk of being misinterpreted. For this reason, writing these blogs supposes a lot of praying and discernment. We ask God to be with us, that He enlighten us and accompany us throughout the process. Sometimes it takes us weeks to find a topic and work with the editor to finally be ready to send the blog for translation into English or Spanish! Because of this, I want to thank all the Build the Faith bloggers for their dedication and commitment.
Though many of us bloggers are not expert writers, we do try really hard to relay our stories in order to touch people’s souls. It is our hope that through the sharing of our experiences, you, the readers, will draw closer to Jesus and receive His grace through our words. If this happens and you are touched by our blogs, we will be happy for having done a good job!
It is important that you, our readers, know that what we write is authentic. We write because we, like you, are also on a journey and we need to share our journey with you. Jesus sent his disciples two by two. The disciples needed to be accompanied and so do we! We, like the disciples and like you, are real people with flaws, weaknesses, and temptations. Some days we are more inspired than others. We struggle to live our faith, to have hope and to love our neighbor as Jesus taught us. We also have a hard time with our relationships and controlling our tempers. Sometimes our houses get messy and we don’t make it to our appointments on time, but we love this opportunity to write and share our experiences with you so that we may illuminate yours.
Part of my vocation and ministry beyond this blog is to accompany people who do the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. In annotation 15, St. Ignatius says that the role of the one giving the Exercises should be, “to let the Creator act immediately with the creature, and the creature with its Creator and Lord.” I like to think that, enlightened by God, guided by the Holy Spirit and, in this case, a pen, my mission is to connect people with God, creatures with their Creator, so that they know Jesus better and find the best way to build his Kingdom in their daily life. That is what I believe is my mission as a blogger and what I hope to accomplish with this blog.
Today, I want to honor the bloggers for sharing both their time and their experiences of faith which help us so much to continue our journey. Yet, above all, I want to thank you, our readers, who value what we say. If we help you grow in your experience with God in some way, it is well worth the effort, and we feel encouraged to continue writing these blogs.
Paula Gomez Victorica was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was a contemplative nun of the Order of Saint Benedict for 20 years. Since 2001, she has lived in Natick, Massachusetts.
Paula is a Certified Spiritual Director. She currently teaches Biblical Spirituality in asynchronous courses online at Boston College. She is the Coordinator of the Hispanic Community at Saint Ignatius Parish, Chestnut Hill, MA. She is also a Eucharistic Minister and collaborates in the pastoral and enrichment commissions in two parishes of the Metrowest.