Sister Marie Hesed talks about courage and how she used her faith to find courage and remain courageous Thursday night. The theme of the Theology on Tap night was the spiritual virtue of courage.
Sister Marie Hesed talks about courage and how she used her faith to find courage and remain courageous Thursday night. The theme of the Theology on Tap night was the spiritual virtue of courage.

May 16, 2018

When Sister Marie Hesed was young, her mom told her she was a “scaredy-cat.”

Later in life, her spiritual mentor told her she had the spine of a jellyfish.

But through faith, prayer and devotion to God, Hesed found her courage.

Sister Marie Hesed of Domus Trinitatis, a spiritual retreat near Willey, spoke to about 60 people attending “Theology on Tap” Thursday night about her discovery of courage.

The evening was held at the Templeton Center and was organized by Jeremy Schechinger, who introduced the night’s speaker.

Originally from Quebec, Canada, Hesed was blessed by St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta in the South Bronx in 1976. Hesed has travelled on missions to Calcutta, India; Tijuana; Cuba; Kenya and across the United States.

Through her missions, she learned the importance of Jesus Christ and found her courage, she said.

“I would like to speak to you about the spiritual virtue of courage, and the reason why it came to my mind when Jeremy asked me to speak this morning is because I personally believe that this is the sickness of the world today,” Hesed said. “This is the spiritual sickness that we have in our church. If we didn’t have it, our churches would be full.”

Hesed said that people today fear judgment from others. But through spiritual fortitude, they are able to move forward in life and find courage and faith.

Hesed said the Holy Spirit offers the gift of fortitude, which allows people to find their strengths and become courageous.

“It gives us the courage, if you will, to move forward when we are afraid,” Hesed said. “How do we move forward when you are a jellyfish or a scaredy-cat? The reality is, it’s every single day. Every day you choose what is right. It is moment by moment.”

To overcome fear, Hesed said, the trick is to find God.

“You become fearless because you know that God is in your life,” Hesed said. “In order to get that, my brothers and sisters, you must have a personal encounter.”

Hesed urged people to trust in God. No matter where her journey may end, Hesed said, she is with God.

I don’t know where my journey is going to end, but I am intending is this: When God becomes the center of your life, he will turn you upside down,” Hesed said. “All the little plans that you have, you can just erase those and just be ready for your journey. It’s an incredible journey.”