I live my mission every day through my relationship with God and others.
I understand that whether my relationship with others is good or not depends on my relationship with God because He is the source of all truth, all goodness and all beauty.
As a member of a Secular Institute living in the midst of the worldlike all laypeople,I fulfill the duties of a consecrated person present and working with everyone in the environment where, for me,God is first and always at the forefront. I live His presence in union with Him through the Eucharist, the Liturgy of the Hours, meditation, the review of the day and the sacraments I receive. I ask Mary to offer my person to the Lord so that He can use me as He wills.
I also asked her to intercede for God's grace for me and to help me live according to God’s as she did.
Before I go to work or meet and interact with others, I always ask God to accompany me and enlighten me in discerningthe right things to do to help others and to honor Him.
In addition to my group activities, I have responsibilities as an assigned directress and asformator for my companions.
For the past 10 years and to the present time:
• I am involved with a group of Volunteers of God; we meet every month and share about how the members have lived
5 attitudes in their milieus. I help these members to better understand and practice the 5 attitudes of life, a practice that requires love and sacrifice.
I translatefrom English to Vietnamese the “Sparks of Life” newsletterthat is published by the Volunteers of God in Canada and dispatched to members in other countries. I visit theVolunteers who are old, sick or suffering and encouraged them to live the 5 attitudes and to pronounce their annual commitment to God even in their limited circumstances,be they in wheelchairs or bedridden.
• I look after the oblate house; I welcome guests, prepare the meeting room for gatherings, the celebrations and other activities for the oblates and the Volunteers of God.At the house, I also arranged rooms for rent as accommodations forstudents or workers. That, in part, ishow I earn my living.
I care for and support students in difficult circumstances by sharing food and life experiences with them to help them to avoid pitfalls due to their lack of knowledge or learning.
I constantly remind them of love, solidarity, tolerance and respect, and especially assure that they aware of rules and discipline necessary to maintain fraternity, safety and public order for everyone.
• I participate in parish activities as well, the choir,in particular. I am available when I am needed. I am also in touch with many people who need comfort and encouragement.I also suggest that they practice 5 attitudes of life to increase their faith in God, to be able to love and to forgive more easily as well as to avoid complaining or criticizing, attitudes that destroys one’s own peace and community harmony.
In addition, I do not forget to care for and pray for others all over the world, especially those who do not yet believe in God, those who are sufferingand those who need God's mercy.
Doan thi Ngoc Diêp