Name: Peg Pondering Again

Social Media Handle/Username: Peg Pondering Again / Peg Demetris / @CatholicForLife

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: I’m a child of God, a penitent, a wife & mom. I am a rape survivor and live with the permanent effects of a brachial plexus injury (an injury to the brachial plexus, the network of nerves that conducts signals from the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm and hand.). I have been in religious formation with the Third Order Carmelites since 2012 and was scheduled to make my final profession last year in April, but due to Covid, I am still waiting. In the meantime, I was appointed to the position of Regional Formation Coordinator. I am currently working to obtain a certificate as Master Catechist so I can teach the Catholic Faith. I am working in a Catholic Parish, as an office associate and handle all the paperwork for Baptisms. I am Roman Catholic and deeply in love with our Lord.

What Inspires You Every day? : The very moment I open my eyes, daily, I thank our Lord. Each and every day is a gift from Him. Good day or bad, joy is eternal. I say good morning to Him in prayer and know without a doubt, He is always with us. It wasn’t always this way. I had been so far removed from the faith, that I fell into a life of despair. Faith takes work on our part. The work required is to see God in the daily events and all the people we cross paths with. If we love Him, we see Him. We see Him in our neighbors, friends, family, and even our enemies. Our Lord inspires me at all times.

What is some words of wisdom you live by?: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” – Luke 23:34 The words of our Lord, forgiving from the cross. Beaten, spat on, scourged, mocked & crucified, He forgave not only them, but us also, who still crucify Him with our sins today. If I truly love Him in return, how can I not forgive those who have harmed me, as He has?

What is your ultimate goal in life? : Sainthood. Eternity with our Lord.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : I was scheduled to make my final profession into the Third Order of Carmel, April 4, 2020. Thu, Mar 19, 2020, the Feast of St. Joseph, also the Patron of the Carmelite Order, the state of California issued the mandatory lockdown. I was unable to. I was also appointed to lead formation for our new Postulants, who are new to the order. What I have been able to do, is take a step back and reflect on the good as to what has taken place this past year. My children had to learn how to get along. They learned that at any given time, everything we have could be taken away, including our lives. As a family, we learned how to make due with what we have and be grateful for everything. I have seen many funerals take place and family’s heartbroken that they could not say goodbye to loved ones. I hope that we all stop taking for granted the time we have with our loved ones as one day, for sure, they will be gone and so will we. As far as Covid goes, this to shall pass. My faith in our Lord is just as strong, if not stronger than it was a year ago.

What is a message you would like to give others? : Allow our Lord into your heart, reveal it all to Him. He created it, He knows it, and He wants you to let Him in again so He can fix the brokenness. He loved us first, love Him back. Yes, God loves you. The bigger question is, do you love Him? Reflect on John 14:15-31 – Never forget to forgive.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: I have been writing about my conversion of heart since 2010. I was a Military and Political blogger for a few years as my husband was active duty in the US Marines and have interviewed many great people, including Gary Sinise and his activities with the Gary Sinise Foundation. As the war in Iraq continued, and the political upheaval in this nation was exploding, it was during this time, that our Lord called me in a way so great, back to Him, that I just couldn’t justify writing about anything but Him. It’s as if people forgot how to forgive one another. My personal blog is Peg Pondering Again. If you would like to read it, please do @ pegponderingagain.com – Thank you for your time. Prayers ascending for everyone. Peace.

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