By Angela Koenig
But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, Jacob, and formed you, Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine. ~ Isaiah 12:2
Several years ago, while attending a young adult conference, I was blessed to meet a beautiful religious sister who left a lasting impact on my heart. Sitting alone waiting for my friends, she asked to join me for lunch. I am ashamed to say I don’t even remember her name, but I do remember bonding over our shared love of the Song of Solomon.
Truth and Grace
As our lunch break concluded, my new friend asked if she could pray over me. I said yes, and she asked my full name.
“Angela Catherine,” I replied.
“Ahh, pure messenger,” she responded.
I had always known the origins of my name—Angela means messenger of God, and Catherine means pure. But until that beautiful sister looked me in the eyes, making me feel as if she saw more in me than I ever could, I didn’t realize how much truth God could reveal in a name.
The Angel with the Bent Halo
With a name like Angela, you’re often compared to an angel; my family liked to add in… “sure but I think her halo is a little bent.”
They were wrong—my halo is A LOT bent. Yet, I take refuge in knowing that through the most powerful name ever bestowed, the Holy Name of Jesus, I have been redeemed. Just like St. Paul, I am well aware of my sinfulness and human failures. Yet the Father still calls me, little old me, to speak His truth to the world.
Sisters, if you are struggling today to know just who you are, place yourself at the foot of the cross and allow Jesus to call you by name. Ask Him to reveal His truth to you, to care for you bent halo, and to trust in His perfect timing; believe He will do that and infinitely more.
Heavenly Father, speak truth into my heart, give me the grace to know who I really am. Reveal to me the truth that my very creation bears your image and likeness. Let this truth permeate every part of my being so I may be united with You and seek to live in Your Goodness and Truth. Amen
Call to Action
Spend some time researching the meaning of your name and reflecting on how God is calling you to be His. Invite Jesus into this time and allow Him to open your heart to the gifts He has bestowed on you and ask Him how He desires you to use those gifts.
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