Need an uplifting story for your Monday? Check out this video of a former football player who, upon finishing her career in Detroit, is about to profess her final vows, becoming a Franciscan Sister.
That’s not a typo. She really did play football, in the early 2000’s in a now-defunct women’s professional football league.
In March 2007, Yoches experienced what she says was her “call to religious life.” The moment happened while she was praying with someone else. Inexplicably, she says she felt the presence of the Holy Spirit and knew she had to dedicate the rest of her life to God.
She broke up with her boyfriend that night.
She told her parents and her two siblings, all of whom were supportive.
She told friends and co-workers, all of whom were taken aback.
“I lived a crazy wild party life before I converted,” Yoches said. “I kept my faith to myself before all of this, so people were very surprised that this was really who and what I wanted to do and be.”
God works in amazing ways. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, where you’ve been, or who you are. He calls each one of us to Himself, and if we’re courageous enough to listen and respond, our lives will have greater depth and meaning and purpose. Our life’s trajectory will lead us to places undreamt of, and we’ll experience joy, contentment, and peace the world is incapable of providing.
I’m reminded of a line from Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples: “Simon, the fisherman, before his meeting with Christ, however thoroughly he might have searched within himself, could not possibly have found a trace of Peter.” Sister Yoches, I’m sure, can definitely relate.