Faith Above All

A young Marisela shares how her faith keeps her grounded as she enters adulthood.
March 13, 2019 - Dominican Republic

Marisela enjoys the lovely view.

“If God weren’t in my life, I wouldn’t be here,” says Marisela, as she begins to discuss her faith.

Marisela is a 17-year-old young woman at NPH Dominican Republic. Apart from classes and her normal day-to-day life, she also helps take care of other children in the home: before in a younger girls’ house, now in Casa San Marcos, the home for children who have special needs.

Currently she participates in the church’s dance group and chorus. She almost always does a reading during mass and takes guitar lessons from one of the NPH home’s nuns. To state the obvious, she is very involved in religious activities at NPH.

This carries over into Marisela’s everyday life. When she is having a hard day or something is bothering her, that’s when she relies on her faith the most. “When I need someone to listen, I confide in God,” explains Marisela. This helps her face the difficulties in life and have a sense of direction and a path forward. Her religious practice provides answers in confusing situations that either she faces herself or that she sees others face in their lives.

Though Marisela participates in a wealth of extracurricular activities, she also takes religious classes at the NPH school. These classes are especially interesting to her, as they teach many different aspects and traditions of religion.

This year in religion class they have been discussing and learning about six of the major religions in the world. The Dominican Republic is a majority Roman Catholic and Christian country, with other groups accounting for less than one percent of the population. As such, she views this education as important and insightful for informing her faith.

Marisela has been living in our NPH home for just four years. Before joining us, she lived with her grandmother, who is also very religious and an active member of her church.

Growing up with a strong importance placed on religion has really impacted her today. She mentioned that church and God have really helped to guide her morals and direction in life. Marisela also has a close relationship with the nuns in the NPH home.

She credits her faith for helping her resist temptation and instant gratification, which has kept her on the right path as she looks forward to graduating high school in June 2019.

Marisela describes her faith as something she was born into. “It’s a miracle I’m even here,” she says. Neither of her parents thought they could have more children. Her family described her birth as a miracle, making her a little miracle herself.

At NPH Dominican Republic, we think it’s a miracle that Marisela is here and part of our family, too.

Children’s names have been changed to protect their privacy.

Gabbie Risolvato   
Communications Officer Assisant

You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson




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