zalez laughs now at the awkwardness of the moment when Josh andher vocation director showed up atthe same time. Her voice drops asshe remembers how hard it was totell him she needed a break to thinkthings over.
Signs of healing
Thanks to extensive surgery thatincluded two rods, seven screws andthree artificial vertebrae, Gonzalezcould stand again. She had beeninjured at the end of December. ByMarch she had started walking withwalker, and in April she could walkwith a cane. By May, she had madeher decision.
“I told him how grateful I wasfor the experience,” she says. “It wasone of the hardest conversations I’veever had. I wanted both so badly. But Ialways came back to religious life. I re
I always cameback to religiouslife. I realized I wasmadly in lovewith God.”
“alized I was madly in love with God.” All signs now pointed to heal- ing and entering the congregation. Gonzalez applied for and received an education grant from the National Fund for Catholic ReligiousVocations, which finished payingoff her student loans. She was freeto formally request entrance. Thus,January 18, 2014—one year afterher surgery—she was welcomed intothe Dominican Sisters of Peace.
“At the end of the ceremony,the sisters stretched out their handsin blessing to me,” Gonzalez says.“Those hands that have healed andcomforted, those dear faces, thosewomen on whose shoulders I’mstanding. I was 33 years old. I havenever looked back.” =
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GONZALEZ bandstogether with hercommunity todemonstrate infavor of solutionsto gun violence.
COUR TES Y OF SISTER ANA GONZALEZ, O. P.