Who am I?
Who am I?
Who am I?
I am Anna Elaine Ibanez
By blood I am Irish-Hispanic
By citizenship I am American
By identity I am beloved.
By faith I am a daughter of God the Father entrusted to be perfected by His one holy Catholic Church.
As to my calling I strive to live with my feet on Earth and my heart in Heaven.
As to my mission I believe it is to heal and speak truth through the grace and will of God;
Heal the culture and reveal the truth through authentic goodness and beauty.
As to my heart it beats with and for the love of Jesus and His most venerable mother Mary.
I am a sinner, saved.
I am an imperfect soul being perfected by the mercy and love of Jesus.
I am broken and continually being healed.
I am no good apart from the grace and love of God.
I am incapable of any good or love apart from Jesus.
He allowed me to break down and built me back up.
He stripped me of every vain label I gave myself.
Everything I thought I was by my own accord and showed me how dependent I am on Him.
I never want to be apart from Him again.
He showed me who I truly am.
I am beloved.
I am loved and I choose now to love.
I long to love until it hurts.
Only then will I know I have given everything I have.
I strive to live wholeheartedly and authentically everyday.
I am holistically and passionately pro-life.
I integrate my pro-life philosophy into my interactions and care for all people.
I am His and I desire nothing more,
everything else is simply a beautiful gift.
Nunc Coepi, AMDG
Inspired by St. Teresa of Calcutta’s identity statement: “By blood I am Albanian. By citizenship I am Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the heart of Jesus.”
faith, identity, Catholic, mission, truth, beauty, goodness, mother teresa
Welcome to my blog. I document my adventures in travel, poetry, photography, painting, and writing. AMDG
Portfolio of nurse seeking Christ in all conditions.
Portfolio of nurse seeking Christ in all condition
From my inbox, an email from a high school student named Jeremy:
“Dear Matt, first I want to say I really like your blog. One of my teachers actually mentioned it in class once after you wrote something (she didn’t mention it in a good way lol) and I went and looked you up so I’ve been following you ever since. I know you get so much email so I don’t expect you to see this but in case you do I wanted to get your opinion about something. You write a lot about relationships and everything so I’m wondering if you think abstinence should be encouraged in school?
Reason I’m asking is because we are doing our sex ed lessons in health class now and the topic has come up. Yesterday my health teacher was talking about safe sex and someone mentioned abstinence and she said it wasn’t realistic. She said it was an out dated way of thinking and the people who push for it are out of touch because they were probably kids a long time ago. She said sometimes sex can be more casual and isn’t always a part of something serious. Then she asked how many people in the class are sexually active because she said it was important for people not to be ashamed. Almost all the guys in class raised their hands but I didn’t. They were all talking about how sex doesn’t have to be something for marriage or long term relationships. I always wanted to wait for marriage and I hope it’s not weird for me to say that. They said in class that we should be more accepting of sexual expression that doesn’t conform to older ideas. But I still always wanted to wait for marriage. But at this point I feel like an outcast or something.
I read something you wrote about dating once and it seemed like you were saying that people should wait for marriage [to have sex]. What do you think about what my teacher said? Am I weird for not really wanting to go out and hook up with girls and stuff and instead wait for marriage?”
I am honored to have been asked to share a part of my story. My story has a very sad history starting from the beginning, but I won’t go as far back as my childhood. It is so easy for me to say that what happened to me then is why I have done what I have done within the last 10 years. But the truth is, in the end, it was always my choice, my actions and I have no right to place the blame on anyone else, no matter what kind of upbringing I had.
There are so many people in our world who have no idea what God’s intentions are for them when it comes to their sexuality. We are surrounded by the media, by society, even by friends & family who tell us it’s ok to do what feels good right then and there. They tell us it’s normal, it’s natural and it’s healthy to fulfill our desires in that moment. But the truth is, it’s not.