Peace be with you, brothers and sisters in Christ! I am Cherry, a member of the Wardens Ministry and I want to share with you a glimpse of my life’s story.
I was brought up by my parents who enlightened me in our Catholic faith. As a family, we used to attend the Eucharistic Celebration. We will prepare early, go to church for Mass and then we will have our lunch afterwards. My mom, who was a member of Legion of Mary since she was 25 until she got married, would also bring me along during their gatherings in the afternoon. From my understanding, these were all obligations and merely just a few of the usual things that a family would do together.
All the while, I thought that life was all about happiness and doing routine activities. Until one day in 2008, we found out that my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. For five years, we witnessed how my mom fought a good fight; to bear all the pains and experience all the sufferings of taking thousands of dosages of medicine and chemotherapy. She passed away two years ago, on the 10th of February 2014.
During those down moments of my life, I was unsure if God was beside us. I continued to pray and hope that He could make things turn out differently, because I wanted to give back all the love and hard work like how my mom and dad gave us everything just to send us to school and have a good education.
I was holding my mom’s hand when she passed away. I saw her peaceful passing from this earthly life. What struck me most was my mom’s strong faith in God. She did not ask God any questions, make any complaints nor show angst as to why she had that illness.
Several months after losing her, I kept praying to God to give me more courage and strength to surpass this most excruciating moment in my life. Everything in my 26 years of existence then flash backed to me. I had questions in my mind, such as how did we survive with the money that I had? Because I was the one who supported my mom’s medical expenses during the past five years. I would send all the money that I earned here just to ensure that she will get treated.
Even though I have a good employer, a stable job and helpful colleagues, I felt that there was something missing in my life. I kept praying and asking God to lead me where I should be. Then, I found the Church of St Anthony and after attending the various activities and coming back from a retreat in Port Dickson, I was enlightened by a verse in the bible from Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”. I volunteered and joined the ministry because I wanted to make my Sundays more meaningful, rather than just hearing Mass and going back home afterwards. As I grew more involved, I met many people and experienced so much happiness whenever I do things to glorify the Lord! I became more grateful for what I have rather than focusing on the things I want to have. There are so many more things to thank God for than to ask for.
I have learnt so many things from this community. It is not enough that we believe in God; it should be accompanied by praying often, reading the Bible, practising what we are called to do and proclaiming God’s message in every possible moment, so that others will also experience His love and unfailing grace, and through these ways, we can make this earth a little more like heaven!
Thank you very much for reading and may God bless us all!