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A Sister’s faith: Gift

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Three Sisters reflect on keeping the faith. The last approaches faith as a gift from God.

Guest blog by Sister Rebecca Holley, C.S.J.

As a woman in the church I am able to keep the faith because God gives me the gift of faith daily. My faith is nourished in so many ways—not in one place, not in one event—but in the many ways God gives to me.

Through daily prayer, I seek the God in me, in solitude, in those around me, in nature, in good health, and in ministry. I am mindful of God in times of peace and discord, remembering that God is larger than any one given moment.

The walk of faith for me is not always easy but it is constant. I am grateful for the choices I have that will nourish my relationship to God. I pray for the intercession of those who have gone before me so that I will not lose sight of God’s gift to me, a faith that keeps on giving.


Guest blogger Sister Rebecca Holley is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province. This is the third in three posts from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

As a supplement of the January 2011 special issue on women, U.S. Catholic is asking guest bloggers, “How do you keep the faith as a woman in the church?” To submit your answer (about 500 words), e-mail

Guest blog posts express the views of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.