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    Amazing Possibilities - Beast Advent Ever

    Recognizing God’s Gifts

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    This program is made possible by the generous support of the Dynamic Catholic Ambassadors.

    Four years ago, I was living in California close to my family and friends, and I had a great community out there. I was working at a job that I loved and was one of those people that had meaningful work, great co-workers, and I loved the people that I got to interact with every day. Needless to say, leaving my job was not on my radar or even in the realm of possibility.

    But when my dad's cancer went from bad to worse, and we found ourselves in need of a full time caregiver, I started to feel this nudge that maybe that was something that I could do. My mom was taking care of him, but she needed to get back to work. So I started to consider it and eventually decided to leave my job to move back in with my parents and help take care of my dad and put my life on hold a little bit.

    And taking care of my dad was a blessing, but it was also hard as caregivers know. We had good days and bad days, but we always said that if we laughed more than we cried we had a good day. And it was a really special opportunity to get to spend time with him. I remember one day in particular his hands and his feet were really cold, and I just sat next to him and held his hands and his feet. And we had a really special moment where we were just together, and I felt like God had really affirmed that that's where I needed to be and I was in the right place doing the right thing. And that was the day that he had passed away.

    As I was getting back on my feet and trying to figure out my next step, I had always kind of had Dynamic Catholic in the back of my mind, but I never thought that I would move or relocate, especially after everything that our family had been through. But as I reflected on the last year and how God had worked in my life, I was more open to the possibility of doing something different. So I decided to apply, and as I went through the interview process, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and clarity, and I was really affirmed that when you're doing what God wants you to do he'll give you the strength and the clarity that you need to move forward and to pursue it.

    Since coming to Dynamic Catholic I've grown in so many ways professionally spiritually personally. I've met so many wonderful people and had new experiences that I can't really imagine my life without now. And looking back I can see that one possibility really led to another, and what I initially wasn't willing to give up, like leaving my job or moving away from home, were actually standing in the way of great possibilities that God had in store for me.

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    Este programa ha sido posible gracias al apoyo generoso de los Embajadores de Dynamic Catholic.

    Hace cuatro años vivía yo en California cerca de mi familia y de mis amigos, y tenía una gran comunidad ahí. Tenía un trabajo que me encantaba y que significaba mucho para mí, mis colegas eran maravillosos y me encantaba la gente con que interactuaba a diario. Sobra decir que no me pasaba por la mente renunciar a mi trabajo, ni lo consideraba siquiera una posibilidad.

    No obstante cuando el cáncer de mi papá empeoró vimos necesario disponer de una persona que lo cuidara a tiempo completo, y comencé a sentir esa inquietud de que quizás yo podía hacer algo. Mi mamá lo estaba cuidando pero ella necesitaba retornar a su trabajo. Entonces empecé a considerar y eventualmente tomé la decision de dejar mi trabajo y mudarme de regreso a la casa de mis padres para cuidar de mi papá, poniendo mi vida un tanto en espera.

    Y cuidar de mi padre fue una bendición pero también fue duro, como lo saben los que cuidan a los enfermos. Tuvimos días buenos y días malos, pero siempre decíamos que si nos reíamos más de lo que llorábamos había sido un buen día. Y fue una oportunidad realmente especial de pasar tiempo con él. Recuerdo un día en particular en que sus manos y sus pies estaban realmente fríos y me senté junto a él tomándole ambos. Tuvimos un momento realmente especial simplemente estando juntos, y sentí que Dios me estaba confirmando que ahí era donde tenía que estar y que estaba en el lugar indicado, haciendo lo indicado. Y ese fue el día en que él falleció.

    Mientras me recuperaba de mi pérdida y trataba de visualizar el próximo paso a seguir, siempre Dynamic Catholic había estado siempre en mi mente; pero nunca pensé que me fuera a mudar, especialmente después de todo lo que mi familia había pasado. Sin embargo al reflexionar sobre el año anterior y cómo Dios había trabajado en mi vida estuve más abierto a la posibilidad de hacer algo distinto. Entonces decidí aplicar y mientras pasé por el proceso de selección sentí una inmensa paz y claridad y confirmé que cuando haces lo que Dios quiere que hagas, Él te dará la fuerza y la claridad que necesitas para avanzar con miras a lograr una meta.

    Desde que llegué a Dynamic Catholic he crecido de muchas maneras, a nivel profesional y espiritual. He conocido a muchas personas maravillosas y he tenido muchas experiencias nuevas, tantas que me es difícil imaginarme mi vida sin ello. Y mirando atrás puedo ver que una posibilidad condujo a la otra, y que lo que inicialmente no estaba dispuesto a dejar ir, como dejar mi trabajo o mudarme lejos de casa, se estaba en realidad interponiendo en el camino de las maravillosas oportunidades que Dios me tenía reservadas.