When I was a child Fr. Joe’s sister, Ann, and I were at school together. In our late teens Ann and I began to share our dreams of how we would give our lives to God. She planned to go to Ireland to enter there the novitiate of the St. Joseph of Cluny sisters hoping that they would send her to work in Africa. My dream was to enter the Dominican monastery here in Trinidad and spend the rest of my life there. We had fallen in love with God.
What is your dream?
Ann became a missionary working in West Africa for many , many years .Her missionary work continues today In the Caribbean. Ann’s brother, Joseph, entered the Spiritan novitiate, was ordained priest and went to work in Paraguay.
I entered the Dominican monastery and lived there for 5 years, 5 months and 3 days. Today I am a Dominican sister of Sinsinawa. I made profession of temporary vows in 2006, and in 2009 I made vows until death. My monastery is not an enclosed one. It is the streets where I walk, the house in which I live with one or more of our sisters, the places in which I minister, the relationships with which I am blessed. Here I am called to contemplate and to bring to others the fruit of my contemplation.
The dream unfolds. I am still very much in love with God whose love brought us all into being. I see this love mirrored in the lives of my sisters as they set out day after day for places where the need is great and the work difficult.
Have you ever been in love? In love with God?
Christina Araujo OP
Trinidad and Tobago