Nearly 50 years ago, while in training for a technical job, I realized that I couldn't live without God. Now, as Secretary of Marian Missions in Stockbridge, MA, I help our Marian missionaries worldwide share the good news that God is very much alive!
Right out of high school in 1952 in Poland, I looked forward to working in a factory making jets. But, when I arrived for training, I found myself in a new city built by the communists without any churches.
Having grown up in a devout Catholic home, I knew that I couldn't live in such a community without God. Realizing that, I began to feel the call to religious life and contacted various orders. I was devoted to the Blessed Mother and wrote to the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in Warsaw. They answered my letter right away.
So, I ended up joining the Marians right after my factory training. And for me, the call was very strong, like a couple falling in love. That commitment was then tested. Just two months shy of making my first vows, I had to serve a tour of duty in the Polish army. By God's grace, my faith remained strong and I returned to the Marians afterwards, making my first vows on Feb. 2, 1957. "Better late than never," I like to say.
Now, I have served as a brother in the U.S. for a number of years and just celebrated the 45th anniversary of my religious profession. As I look back on my life, God's word comes to mind: "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act" (Ps 37:5).
-- Br. Albin Milewski, MIC