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Out in the Open

Charlene Maes

16 years old - Georgia, USA

What are you studying?
I home-school.

Who has helped you most in your life?
My parents have helped me to live for Christ and they have shown me the way of holiness.

What would you ask of God for young people?
Well, I’m young myself still, but I would ask God that all young people have the opportunity to form part of the Home of the Mother or some similar group.

What is your most outstanding virtue?
Goodness, although evidently there is a lot of room for improvement.

What is your greatest defect?
Not making total use of my life.

How would you define yourself?
I’m a very sociable person and I love nature, mountains, rivers, grass, clouds...

How far would you go for love of God?
I would like to say as far as martyrdom for Jesus, but not in a literal sense because I have to live the little crosses of daily life, every day, for God, like St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus.

What is your life’s motto?
I had never thought about a motto before but if I had to I would like it to be like St. Dominic Savio’s: “To die rather than to sin”.

What is the meaning of your life?
Getting to Heaven and for this we have to be holy which is what God calls us to.

Is life worth living?

What would you say to a young person who doesn’t want to live?
I would explain to him that Jesus suffered very much for each one of us on earth and He died for us sinners so that we could be forgiven and live forever with Him. That He is a God who is Love and Mercy and this is why life is worth living.

Is life with God boring?
God is the one who created life. If we live our life for Him, how can we be bored?

Why do you have hope?
Because He himself, the one who died for us, is still loving us here on earth and helping us from Heaven.

Are you anoptimist or a pessimist?
An optimist. I love sunny days.

What living person do you most admire?
The Pope John Paul II, because he is working so much to bring Christ to the whole world.

Whom would you most like to be like?
St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus.

What do you most think about?
I don’t know what I most think about but I would like it to be Christ and other people. I often think about myself and things of the world.

Can a sixteen-year-old girl know what she wants?
Yes. Any person who has the capacity to reason can know this and furthermore, if the person loves God he can know that he wants to be with Him and Our Mother forever in Heaven.

The greatest thing about man is...
that God has created him.
I will seek unceasingly...
I would like to fill my spiritual backpack with...
And when I “put my foot in it”...
I find it violent...
to see that there is so much apathy in our world.
It helps me...
to belong to the Home of the Mother.
The greatest betrayal would be...
to do what Judas did, to betray the mercy of Jesus.
I think it’s dumb...
to love cars, mobile telephones or clothes above Jesus.
Friends are...

Answer briefly:

Brothers and sisters:
Summer Encounter:

© HM Magazine No.119 - July/August 2004

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