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Sr. Maria Cecilia Chieko Yasuda

Sr. Maria Cecilia

I was born in a non- Christian family, but my parents have been deeply religious. My first encounter with Jesus Christ was when I was in my second year of elementary school. That was when I saw a necklace with a cross, in a shop in Niigata city. This person who was on the crucifix proved an absolute existence for me. And even though I could not explain by words this incident led to my decision for life.

Ever since, I had been praying by myself, trying to know this person.
When I was 20 years old, I finally received the holy grace of baptism.

From the time I started to study about the Christian religion, and to believe in God, I wondered about two questions. First, what does g serving Godh mean exactly. And my second question was gwhat does God want from me exactlyh.
After I was baptized, I joined a group called Legion de Marie, and visited sick people, while I continued my office work. After several years, I found an answer in the Bible: g In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to meh (Mathew 25.40)

On the other hand, I thought about marriage too. If I get married, my first duty will be to do everything for the happiness of my family. But I thought that it would hurt me if there are unhappy and sad suffering people, when I am happy. I would like to be happy when everyone else is happy. I found out that there is the life as a nun, to give everything, my entire self.
I had been guided with much help, to this life of service for others, in communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ. My feelings of gratitude for this great gift are getting deeper every year.

However, many years were necessary for me to find the real joy after entering the convent. First, there was an invitation from the love of God, and then, I was given the holy grace of prayer to answer this invitation.
I was getting free, little by little, in prayers. I trust and rely even more than ever upon God who is my strong pleader, and wish to continue working for Him and for everybody..

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