"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words".
I have been writing for what seems like forever and a day. I remember in pre-school and elementary school writing short stories about everything and anything, such as the seasons, my family, friends, and nature with lots of drawings. There wasn't much to them back then, they were simple and to the point based on my observations of the world around me.
As a freshman in high school I began writing more poetry about my life experiences and the words captivated the challenges of being a teenager who rejected the cultural norms and immoral behaviors of majority of high school students that walked the very same halls as me. It was in high school that the love I have for my faith blossomed and I just couldn't get enough of it. I remember looking forward each week to Fridays where our parish youth group would get together and we would do faith-sharing and volunteer activities to help the vulnerable in our neighborhood most in need. On Sundays I looked forward to seeing my friends at mass, and I remember when we would see each other in our public school on the staircase or in the hallways we would smile to one another because we had that Catholic connection that brought us all together even in our non-parochial school. My poetry reflected the beautiful experiences of that time, and throughout my life even in tough times because of my faith I have been able to allow the words to flow out of not only my mind, but from my heart.
I continued to write poetry in college and when I started discerning the consecrated life as a religious sister the words could not get out fast enough onto the page. The Holy Spirit has truly been an inspiration in my life, and has given me the strength and courage to speak the words necessary that shares the emotions that I feel within me. I have been asked a number of times, "Christina, when are you publishing your poetry". I would answer with a smile because I was not sure if I wanted to share my poetry with everyone, and the thought of humility kept popping into my mind. How can someone aim to publish a book and still have humility?
Well, as a writer I have learned that it requires much humility because time and time again your work gets rejected, and it takes a lot of submissions before something you wrote is accepted to be published. And by being rejected at times it is encouraging to be able to look at the work of others and to learn from them. I cannot tell you how much inspiration I have received simply by reading the poetry of others. Especially, poems I have read about spirituality and faith that truly touched my heart and gave me the motivation and encouragement to open up my laptop and begin typing on the page.
Now that I have finally had my book published I am humbled that I have received so much support from family, friends, and even my followers on social media. We need to encourage one another to follow our hearts and to let the Holy Spirit guide us.
Looking at them, Jesus *said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”
The book, Called to Love A Listening Heart - A Book of Catholic Poetry on faith and discernment can be purchased here:
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