Mary Jo

I am here because I’ve wanted to come. I’ve been very scared. I think it was Mary saying, “If you want to go, I will take care of you. I will get you here.”

My husband was not on board in the beginning. I had asked him to go in March. I said, “I really want to go. Would you come with me?”

He’s not Catholic so he couldn’t really understand it. He said, “You want to go where? You want what? Why?”

I said, “I just want to go. Would you come with me? And I want to bring the boys. I think it would be a great experience.”

He was like, “Yeah, okay,” but then, the more he started thinking about it, and he started looking at the maps, he got scared. Then he said, “No. I’m not going. You can go. I’m not going.”

Then, I purchased the tickets for me and my two boys. A week later, he decided to go because his mother told him to do it. Mary worked through his mother.

I wanted to experience what was going on over here. I’ve read so much about it, and I believe in it. I’m so happy to be here. 

The Risen Christ was a moving point for me, seeing that and going up to it. I love Jesus. I believe in Jesus. I believe in God. Whether my husband does or not, I do. It’s hard for me to understand how somebody can’t believe. Yet, I know the flip side is for the unbelievers to understand me as a believer. 

My kids are going to take this with them for the rest of their lives. They’re already talking about how great of an experience it was for them. Being at that age and always having that, it’s a foundation for them now for our Catholic religion.