By Sr. Marta Piano, Project Timothy
At one of our Project Timothy meetings, held Nov. 18, we had the joy and gift to have Mica Paez, a young adult of our diocese, spending time with us during her last hours before entering the Queen of Peace Monastery in British Columbia on Sunday Nov. 21, the Solemnity of Christ the King, as a postulant. This is a group of contemplative nuns of the Order of Preachers, also known as Dominicans.
Mica generously shared with us her journey of faith, and how after a period of four years discerning her vocation. – “one step at the time,” as she described to us. – she understood that her “role in evangelization is not to be in the front line but behind the scenes” and how Jesus brought her a different meaning and horizon in her life.
We give thanks today, for Mica’s “yes.”
We are among the ones who were listening to her conversion experience and her choice to become a contemplative nun. We had many questions that one-by-one were swept away by her answers, full determination, and the peace that she transmitted to each one of us.
Knowing that the Lord will complete His work through Mica, in gratitude we continue to pray for one other and we may be inspired in our daily life by such abundance of love.
“When the three kings journeyed to meet Christ, they came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. On the feast of Christ the King this year, He (and our community) received a special gift with the entrance of Mica as a postulant. Joining us from Saskatchewan, she entered just after Terce in order to be with us in choir for the Eucharist later that morning.” – News item in the Queen of Peace Monastery electronic newsletter of Nov. 22, 2021
Editor’s note: The Queen of Peace Monastery is located amid the Coast Mountain wilderness, just north of Squamish, B.C., consecrated to God on the Feast of St. Dominic Aug. 8, 2012. The Monastery website describes their charism:
“We are contemplative Nuns of the Order of Preachers, also known as Dominicans. Free for God alone, we associate our mission with the “holy Preaching” of our Father Dominic by the joyful witness of our lives. Paradoxically, ours is a life of hidden fruitfulness. In solitude and silence we seek, ponder and call upon God so that ‘the Word proceeding from the mouth of God may not return to Him empty but may accomplish those things for which it was sent.’ (Is. 55:10) We offer a continual sacrifice of praise by our dedication to liturgical prayer, lectio divina, study and work. Our life is entirely shaped by the search for God, who promises that, ‘You will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord.’ (Jer. 29:12-14)”