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Out in the Open

Bernadette Clair

19 years old - Cork (Ireland)

What do you study?
I am in my last year of secondary school.

What is the best of life?
Knowing that the love of God is constant no matter what.

And the worst?
When we sin.

How would you define solitude?
When you are alone.

Is there a good solitude and a bad one?
Yes, I think so. The good one is when you are free to think only about God and give your whole attention to Him. The bad one is when you are closed in on yourself thinking only on you and not caring about anyone else.

What is being young?
Finding joy in life.

What is being old?
When you are tired of living.

What would you like most in life?
To love God, to do His will and to belong completly to Him.

What are you afraid of?
Falling into sin and being proud to confess it.

Why do people cry?
Because they cannot do anything else.

Why do you cry?
I don’t know. It is the way the Lord made me and I tend to cry alot even when I don’t know why.

What virtue would you give a young man as a present?
Docility to God's will.

And a young woman?
Humility.

And a mother?
Patience.

And a father?
Perserverence.

And children?
Obedience.

What is the most important thing?
Love.

What does it mean to become like children?
To be humble, always trusting that our Father in Heaven knows what is best.

The motto of World Youth Day 2004 is " WE WISH TO SEE JESUS" what does it mean to see Jesus?
To see Him is to love Him and to love Him is to follow Him.

How can we reach freedom?
By leaving everything to follow Jesus.

How can you loose it?
By not responding to Divine grace.

What is one of your favourite passages of the Bible?
The one that says, “I can do all things in Him that strengthens me”.

COMPLETE THESE SENTENCES:

IT SEEMS TO ME THAT...
God is so good.
I DON´T AGREE WITH...
anyone that says that there is more than one truth.
IF PEOPLE THOUGHT OF GOD...
they would not fall into sin.
WHAT HAPPENS TO CATHOLICS IS THAT...
they let themselves be seduced by the world out of fear.
I WILL SPEND MY YOUTH...
serving and loving God as He wants me to.
AT THE END OF THE JOURNEY I WILL SAY...
I come towards you who I have always sought.
MY GREATEST DESIRE...
is to love God.
I ASK FOR FORGIVENESS EVERY TIME...
I sin.
IT´S HARD FOR ME...
to be humble.
I GIVE YOU MY SMILE TO...
cheer you up and make you see that God loves you.

ANSWER WITH ONE WORD.

Bernadette:
name
Family:
here
Studies:
school
Mary:
mother
Mother:
Mary
Ireland:
house
Meaning:
Jesus
Life:
God
Heaven:
forever
To pray:
love
Gift:
grace
Way:
freedom
Truth:
Church
Freedom:
strength
Joy:
God

© HM Magazine No.118 - May/June 2004

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