In 1987, Sharon visited the Casa and decided that it would become her spiritual home. “I knew there was something here that I was attracted to, but I couldn’t name it,” Sharon said. She volunteered her talents in the Adult Education department, attended retreats and workshops and participated in the Spiritual Companion program.
When she decided to meet with a spiritual director, she began to feel a true sense of renewal. “My director listened to me with compassion and I felt like I’d been truly heard for the first time,” she said. “With that came a sense of being valued, a sense of myself.”
Through spiritual direction, contemplative prayer and a better understanding of Franciscan spirituality, new doors were opened, and Sharon came to know both God and herself more deeply. “It’s a matter of showing up,” she said. “Like any relationship, I need to spend time nurturing my relationship with God. Through prayer and meditation, I am much more aware of God’s presence in my everyday life.”
By listening and waiting, Sharon discovered the attraction to the Casa that she couldn’t name years ago. “I realized that my desire was to develop a closer relationship with God, and there are so many opportunities here that I would not have found anywhere else,” she said. “There is no end to spiritual growth, which is beautiful.”