July 11, 2018
By Sister Marissa Butler
I have never been one to like having my picture posted places. Yet, being in formation with the Sisters of Mercy has led to my photo being in newsletters, on Facebook and on posters that are accessible to large groups of people.
My home parish—Blessed Sacrament, in Waterloo, Iowa—has been incredibly supportive of me. When I found out there was a poster of me in the church, I was surprisingly at peace with it. I remembered that my story, in whatever way it is shared, is not about me. It is about God. It is about God using my story to speak to others.
I prayed with this for a while and asked God if there were other ways He wanted to use me. God was quick to respond, because not long after talking to Him I got the idea to visit all the classes at Blessed Sacrament School. Though I was comfortable sharing my story with adults, I had no clue how to talk to a fifth-grader or speak the language of a five-year-old! But I let go of my worries and decided that if my time at the school left an impression on even one child, then it would be well worth it.