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A Sister’s faith: Jesus

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Three Sisters reflect on keeping the faith. The second focuses on her relationship with Jesus.

Guest blog by Sister Jean Paul Selissen, C.S.J.

In baptism I entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Like every relationship, it takes continuing choices. I not only believe Jesus Christ, but I believe in Him. Jesus can write straight with crooked lines.

I learned early on that this relationship may be affected by, but is not solely dependent on, the actions of others in the body of Christ, the church. Sometimes those in leadership may have fatal flaws, but with the grace of God, that does not affect my relationship with Jesus Christ. My task is to become the person God had in mind that I am to be, and try not to be a stumbling block for others. Rather I do what I can to build up the body of Christ.

Because I believe that the power of the Spirit in Jesus far outweighs any human effort, I continue to celebrate the sacraments which nourish my faith along with that of many other faithful folks.


Guest blogger Sister Jean Paul Selissen is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province. This is the second 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.