New Zealand

Sr Anežka's vocation story

This is me, Sr Maria Anežka of the finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple. 
I am from New Zealand.
I am the youngest of the community and I was an only child. 
This is a little about my journey to God.

My Motto of Life : Do not Dare not to Dare. 

Where do you live?

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to meet Jesus? What about if you were the first person to follow Him? St Andrew knew what this felt like. He is the patron saint of Scotland and his feast is on the 30th November.

Andrew was at first a follower of John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin. Andrew was obviously looking for the truth and wanted to follow God. When he heard John the Baptist say “ behold the Lamb of God” (referring to Jesus), Andrew got up and ran after Jesus, asking, “where do you live?”
I have often thought and pondered over this question, ‘where do you live?’ Have you ever thought that where a person lives tells you a lot about the person. I live in a monastery, this can tell you a lot about me. It tells you that I am a nun and that I am a Poor Clare. When someone lives on a farm or in a house or on the 10th floor of a city apartment, this tells you a bit about them and their lives.

So you can understand that Andrew is trying to figure out who Jesus is. How does Jesus respond to Andrews’s question? He says “Come and see.” Jesus isn’t going to tell Andrew who He is, Andrew has to see and decide for himself who Jesus is and what Jesus means to him. We too are told to ‘come and see’, to see who Jesus is and decide who He is to us. Does He show Himself to you to be kind, loving, the Lamb on the throne, the meek one, the King? It’s an interesting thought to think about.

This day is special for me, because it is the day I entered Religious Life. On this day, 5 years ago, I arrived at an English airport from New Zealand, to start my new life as a Poor Clare. When I came I was coming to see, trying to discover who Jesus was for me. What did I find? I found that He is the Lamb and I follow Him, I am His bride.

Without knowing it at the time, I was asking Jesus like St Andrew did “where do you live?” and Jesus didn’t say ‘here’ or ‘there’ or anything but, I knew the answer and could say ‘it is here that you live.’ We all need to discover where Jesus is waiting for us. He is waiting for you in a very special place, just for you to discover. No one else can find Him where you can. It could be in the garden, in a friend, in a game, or, for someone, He could be waiting, like He was waiting for me, in a Religious house, in Religious Life. Maybe He is waiting here, for you at Ty Mam Duw
Where are you going to find Jesus today? Why don’t you ask, with St Andrew, ‘where do you live?’
See you next week for our first Advent blog, and with Christmas just around the corner I think it is time for a story about St Nic. Until then remember, we are praying for you. Sr Anežka

Hello and Welcome.

Hello and Welcome to this Ty Mam Duw children’s Blog.

I am Sr Anežka and I will be writing here each week to tell you about Jesus, our Franciscan way of life and a little bit about my own personal journey. 

I hope you will join me on this voyage to discovering Jesus and growing in love of Him. I am very happy to be able to share with you my thoughts and I hope that over the weeks we can get to know each other and Jesus a little better. 

This blog can be used in any way that you wish. Read by kids and kids at hearts. Read by parents and grandparents to children as bed time reading. My only wish is that, you will have fun and in having fun get to know more about Jesus. 

As I said, my name is Sr Anežka, I’m a Poor Clare Colettine sister at Ty Mam Duw (this is Welsh meaning ‘the house of the Mother of God’) I’m not Welsh, I’m actually from New Zealand. Do you know where that is? It’s a whole world away from Wales and the UK. I came all the way from little New Zealand to little Wales so that I could love Jesus in the best way that I knew how. I wanted to be Jesus’ bride, and belong totally to him. 

I live in a little monastery with 13 sisters, two puppies and a dog. Squirrels, moles, birds and the occasional bunny, come as go in our garden as they please. 

We live here loving Jesus and praying for the world, which means we pray for you, your family and friends. We also do fun things like grow our own vegetables, bake cakes and make jam from our fruit which we grow in the garden. We do lots of others craft things which we put into our little craft room. People can come to see us, and they can come to hear Holy Mass and best of all they visit Jesus in our chapel. I hope that you will tune in here to explore the world within the walls of our cloister with me, bye for now and remember Jesus loves you and we are praying for you. 

Sr Anežka.