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Sr. Maria Redenta Kikuchi

Sr. Maria Redenta

A little before I graduated from elementary school, the class-mistress asked me: "What would you like to be when you grow up? I answered " I will follow Jesus". I don't remember the conversation that followed,but she told me to do that. At that time I was going to a Protestant church, and had been very much attracted to Jesus.

At the age of 19, I received the Catholic baptism. A friend who was older, told me that the short way to follow Jesus is the religious life in a convent. Not even knowing what kind of a life it was, I decided to take the short-cut.

When I went to talk to a priest, he said that anyone who would like to become a nun, has to be also a good mother. Heencouraged me to take the marriage course. I also went to this class with young boys. Four years had passed.

Warm light covered the garden of the convent when I went to the retreat at the Daughters of St. Paul for the first time. I got such an impression to hear that Sisters worship Jesus Christ who is the way the truth and the life, and that they all have been invited and guided by Him, and continue to walk towards God through Him. I had been so attracted to this way of living in offering your entire self, just like Saint Paul. I knew that what I really wanted was this way of living.

Six months later I entered the convent. Despite my parents' strong opposition, my heart was filled with happiness. There were many difficulties until reaching this point, and there could have been a possibility of yielding, but I knew that Jesus who knows me best, was inviting me for sure. I am convinced that the Lord who called us will always help us in our vocation of transmitting God's love through social communication. If all the Sisters become one and put the strength together.

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