Sr Maria Jees traces her journey of searching for truth, and how the one who is the way, truth and life, found her.

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my Spirit exults in God my Saviour” (Lk. 1:46).

Jesus is the Saviour of all. “He is alive and active” says Pope Francis in his latest Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit. Over the years, I have come to experience this aspect of our Lord. What is fascinating about my faith in Jesus is the compulsion I feel through Him to spread the fragrance of the Gospel with all my strength. “He is not partial” (Acts 10:35). His mercy is for everybody and whoever searches Him with a sincere heart will find him.

I was born into an Orthodox Hindu family. I encountered Jesus when I was seventeen and studying in Class XII. As a traditional Hindu girl, I used to go to the temple every evening to pray. Once, while at prayer, I heard a voice from within me urging, “Open your eyes” and when I did, I gazed upon the statue of a serpent along with a few stones. The voice then asked me, “You are human.  Why then are you praying to a serpent and stones?” That voice made me realize the meaningless routine that I had been following for years. It is there that my faith in serpents and stones fell off like scales from my eyes. I left the temple like a soldier armed with the shield of faith and the armour of the Word, never again to visit temple.  “You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13). When we search for truth with all sincerity, the truth finds its way to us.

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Sr. Maria Jees
Sr. Maria Jees

Sr. Maria Jees belongs to the Sisters of Destitute (SD). She is a preacher who is also a formation instructor within the Congregation. She has served as an Animator to the Delhi, Shillong and National Jesus Youth teams.