Twenty

On August 7, 2012, I celebrated my 20th anniversary of consecrating my life to Christ.  Much has happened during those 20 years, discoveries and events that I could never have imagined.  There was sin and pain contrasted by love and joy, failures and difficulties woven through triumphs and accomplishments, darkness and blindness followed by enlightenment and clarity.   Although I didn’t use the words “in good times and bad, for richer and for poor, in sickness and in health, until death do us part…” but isn’t that what I promised Christ, poverty, chastity and obedience?  I love my vocation to be consecrated to Christ in Regnum Christi, despite all our past history of errors, there has been a lot of good.  Personally, I have received so much! I have discovered and known deeply Christ as my best friend, my spouse, my God.  I don’t think I have a right to tell God He made a mistake in calling me to this group or that He should make sure things are done differently or that I will throw in the towel until He straightens things out a bit more.  Humanly, it sure would be nice to have a different past, a simpler future.  However, I continue to believe in the Regnum Christi Movement not because everything is done right but I trust in our papal delegate; and in God’s presence and His capacity to make Himself known through us, despite us!

One of the consecrated set up 20 votive candles on an altar of a small chapel in our house and left me the rite of consecration.  There, with my hands on the altar of sacrifice, I renewed my promises of poverty, chastity and obedience to Christ. Thank you, Jesus, for the grace of perseverance thus far!  Sustain me for another 20 years or until I join you for eternity! Thank you Jesus for your love and friendship, your trust in me despite my weaknesses!

Anniversary Candle

Another year,

a flame has spiraled down to its place

Illumination in obscurity

Beauty navigating to Truth

Melting core in silent oblation

A beacon, compass, warmth and fire

Eternity has felt its existence

The temporal prey is captured

Light for life and life for light

The flame has spoken

The world heeds its say

True life carves beyond the ephemeral

Luminosity carries into infinity

A life that is saved.

About Jill Preisack

Jill Preisack was born in St. Louis, Missouri and received a Bachelor of Science degree at Truman State University (formerly called Northeast Missouri State University). While working in business and mortgage services, she discovered her calling to the consecrated life in Regnum Christi. Jill has been consecrated for 20 years and since then she has completed a Master’s degree from the John Paul II Institute on Marriage and the Family in Rome and a bachelor’s degree in Education from Anahuac University in Mexico. She is currently finishing her degree in Pastoral Work and Religious Studies. Over the years, Jill has worked extensively with girls and young women, giving spiritual guidance, directing retreats, camps, conventions, missions and outreach activities. She arrives to Chicago from Atlanta where she worked in campus ministry at Holy Spirit Preparatory School for the past eight years, overseeing the faith and sacramental formation for students, teachers and parents. She is currently working at Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, RI
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2 Responses to Twenty

  1. Br. Alejandro says:

    Congratulations!! We too pray for you all. Thank you for your testimony.

  2. Margaret Smith says:

    Thank you for giving your all to Christ and his church. I am praying for you.

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