Sacred Heart of Jesus, I Trust in You

My soul is catching up but my heart is standing still.
My heart is being filled, but my hopes are still unreal.
My hopes are taunted by my nightmares,
But the unseen hand of God will be revealed.
Nothing can stand in the way of His plan-
Not my doubts, not my faults… He still cares.

Being laid off could not have come in more perfect timing. During this Lenten season our focus is called to be on Christ, His passion, death and resurrection. God is calling me into my passion through my death and restoration of the job He has planned for me. So I embrace this period in my life. It is a good time to refocus on God and find my next call.

One prayer I have been saying almost every day is Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is an extremely powerful prayer. It quotes scriptures that inspire faith in us that God will answer our prayers through grace.

During my last retreat, I felt a call during adoration to join an holy order (as a lay person) dedicated to Mary. The only one I found was Regnum Christi, an apostolic movement which shares the charism of the Legionaries of Christ.  A consecrated lady called me today to tell me their service retreat is next week. It starts Wednesday and goes to Saturday. I would not have been able to attend if I still had a job. God’s plan is becoming more clear; I can’t wait to see what He has in store through this experience.

It was a dangerous commitment for me to dedicate this year to trusting God… but I am so enthusiastic about all He is teaching me. He is forming me in my spirit and blessing me with virtues. I am blessed.


About Vanessa Grace

Vanessa Grace has been writing poetry since she was 13 years old. Since then, she has been awarded four editor choice awards from the International Library of Poetry and is published in multiple poetry collection books. Nobel House selected her work for publication and included one of her poems in the Favorite Memories collection between 2006 and 2007. Vanessa recently graduated with her masters in Theological Studies from the John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C.; her undergraduate studies were in Journalism and Media Studies with an emphasis in Integrated Marketing Communications and a minor in Communication. Prior to moving to D.C., Vanessa completed an extensive Theology of the Body training course with Katrina Zeno, coordinator for the John Paul II Resource Center in Phoenix, AZ. She has served in youth and young adult ministry since 2005 and written for while interning for them in 2010. After converting to Catholicism as a teen, Vanessa served with Life Teen youth ministry programs for eight years. Through this site, Vanessa hopes her poetry will inspire others to find hope and healing through the grace of God. To contact the author, email
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2 Responses to Sacred Heart of Jesus, I Trust in You

  1. Brendan says:

    Good post, Vanessa. You have a bright outlook on the tough situation of being unemployed. As someone who was unemployed for a stretch, I can empathize with you. Your outlook being prayer- and God-centric is wonderful. Keep it up!

  2. Maryrose says:

    Vanessa, your Mom sent me this blog of yours. How beautiful!! You certainly are a mirror image of your Mom & her faith. Have a wonderfully blessed Easter, honey. Sincerely, Maryrose

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