Melanie Edwards

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Melanie - photo for personal story When people ask me what I like most about MGL life, I often say that I didn’t know it was possible to be this happy. It strikes me that God often has very different ideas for our lives than what we do. When I first finished high school, all I wanted to do was work with little children as a pre-school teacher for the rest of my life, so I studied at uni and spent five years living out this dream. However, as it turned out God had other ideas of what would bring me the most happiness.

Around this time, I was beginning to sense a call to consecrated life, but it all seemed way too scary. However, I was sure that childcare was no longer where God was calling me to be, so I resigned from my job and travelled to World Youth Day in Toronto. I was convinced that when I returned I would know what God wanted for me … after all, I had just given up my job to try and find this out. I soon discovered that God doesn’t really work this way because when I returned even though the sense of a call was still there, I didn’t really know what to do with it.

I ended up back in childcare for another year…. mostly because I felt like I had to do something. I soon realised that childcare definitely wasn’t where God was calling me to be, so in the midst of it all I made a conscious effort to pray and seek the Lord in every way possible.

By the beginning of the following year through an amazing series of events, I joined the Catholic Youth Services Ministry Team in Sydney and spent a year running retreats in high-schools. My experience of the common life, prayer and ministry of the team gave me the courage to explore consecrated life and take definite steps towards further discerning my call. I ended up on a vocations weekend with the MGL Sisters and immediately felt at home. To cut a long story short, I spent the next twelve months continuing to get to know the sisters as much as possible before joining the following year. I know very deeply that I have found the place that God calls me to be and thats what it means to say that I didn’t know it was possible to be this happy.

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