Lucia from Pennsylvania
Tell us your name, age and your state-in-life!
My name is Lucia, I’m 20 years old, and am a Junior at John Carroll University.
Are you a cradle Catholic, convert or revert?
I am a cradle catholic!
What’s been the biggest game changer in your Catholic faith?
Asked before this past year, I would have said that the biggest game-changer for my faith was one of the service trips I have been on. I would have mentioned the trip to Medjugorje I took, or some other extraordinary event that revealed of God. But, this past year was maybe one of the hardest years I had been through. My struggles were ordinary and yet, I have never been shown Jesus so clearly before. It was in the everyday persistence of this season of hurt and heartbreak that Jesus revealed himself to me so deeply teaching my heart humility. It was in this season of waiting: attending mass daily, praying, reading the bible, going to adoration, listening to the God through the people He had placed in my life that truly revealed the fruits of the Holy Spirit to me and connected me more to my Catholic faith. I soon found that I have never been so content and joyful in waiting on Him to lead me through the days.
Name a saint you identify with and share why.
Currently, I feel as if I identify with the lives and spirituality of St. Teresa of Calcutta and St. Therese of Lisieux mostly because I have been finding such beauty in humility and the acts in which we can lay down our lives for others.
When have you felt most valued as a woman in the Church?
I have had a great experience in the Church as a woman. I feel as if the church has supported me and molded me into the person I am today. There have been so many women who have gone before me that have inspired me so deeply: from women in my family, to women in church, to women saints. Serving as an alter-server and choir member at my home church and then as a lector at my university church, I have felt extremely honored to have been able to serve the church. The women I have known in the church have taught me to serve quietly and with great love.
What’s your favorite way to pray?
My favorite way to pray is simply sitting with the Lord in Eucharistic adoration and letting Him speak to my heart. I find that I can talk quite a bit and sometimes too much that Jesus can never get a word in, so being able to center myself before the Lord really allows me to feel His grace washing over me.
What do you do for fun?
I love to listen to music, hang out with friends, go to concerts, read, explore new places, and calligraphy.
Three words that describe you — go!
Warm, joyful, compassionate