of other faiths, learn about differentideas and mindsets, pursue a career.Then she got a job playing music forDominican sisters in their infirmary,and her world grew even larger.
“I had never had female mentors, rock star female mentors whocared about me,” Gonzalez says.
“The sisters were making such apowerful influence in the world.
They lived together with God attheir center. They empowered me.
They invited me to dream. I could
be a rock star if I wanted. After I
graduated, I decided to spend my
life in New Orleans and got a job at
an ad agency there.”
She also started—and stopped—
discerning religious life with the
sisters. Her mother had gotten
sick. Her father had left the family.
Gonzalez was asked to return to ElPaso to help out. She packed up andmoved back.
Gonzalez, a die-hard optimist, foundmany things to love about her newlife. She was establishing an adult-based friendship with her mom, doing satisfying work for the HispanicChamber of Commerce, and volunteering at her parish. After a fewyears, though, she began to feel outof sorts.
“It was a balanced life,” Gonzalez recalls. “But I found myselfasking, What’s the meaning of my life?
I was getting closer to 30. By thenMom was married and had threekids. I thought, I have no purposebut to work. I remember praying to
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God, I want to work for you. Show mehow.”
The first answer came shortlyafter, during a trip back to New Orleans for a wedding, when Gonzalezand her mother visited with one ofher sister mentors.
“Sister Dorothy told me, I’ve
tried to hint for years, but now I’m just
going to say it. When are you going to
join us? Mom doesn’t speak English,
so she didn’t understand. But she
said afterwards she suddenly saw me
as a nun. She stopped pushing me to
More signs appeared. Gonzalez
ran into two Dominican Sisters of
Peace at an immigration reform pro
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