“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”

A Day of Grace

April 7th, 2014 by Grace in Inspirations

By guest writer Kariann Iannizzotto

I recently had the pleasure to catch up with Grace Daquila and find out exactly what we’ve all been waiting on. What has she been up to? Where can we find her next? Find the encouraging answers below.

KI: Hi Grace. It’s so nice to meet with you today. So tell me, what new projects have you been working on?

GD:
Since October, I have been working for the Archdiocese of NY as a facilitator, through the “Making All Things New” initiative. It has been such a blessing to be able to help people through this process. Cardinal Dolan is implementing a project where churches are put into clusters. They will work together to collaborate, merge/consolidate or close churches, which is difficult. He is putting it in the hands of the people and I have been helping facilitate the meetings. The process was enjoyable and it is now in the hands of the advisory group, on the next phase to come to an agreement.  Aside from that, I continue working on various retreats, Kairos being one of them. On March 20th, I went to Scranton, PA with St. Joseph Hill’s junior and senior girls, for a 4 day retreat called Kairos X. Kairos is Latin for God’s time. It was one of my favorite retreats. It’s a privilege witnessing teenagers encounter God.  Finally, Meditation Monday is always very rewarding and I am well into my 5th year. Lent was the theme for March 10th; How to make Lent truly meaningful as we prepare for Easter. The next upcoming meeting will be on April 14th at 7:30PM and all are welcome at the Mother Fransciska House of Prayer at 205 Major Avenue on the campus of Saint Joseph Hill Academy.

KI: What is your favorite scripture and why?

GD:
Romans 8:28 is my favorite scripture: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This scripture gives me comfort when I go through tough times and when things don’t make sense. It reminds me that I might not understand the situation at this point, but I know that He will make something good from it, if I focus and trust in Him.

KI: Who inspires you?

GD:
Jesus inspires me. He is everything. The world is so crazy with so many extreme messages; I look to Him and cannot imagine a life without Him. He is the greatest role model/superstar. The more I get to know Him, the more I understand what a perfect person He is. He is always the one you can look to and he is always steadfast. Things around us change, but he never changes. He makes himself known to me and to others through unconditional love.

St Ignatius of Loyola also inspires me. I love how he teaches us to see God in everything. Lately, I have been doing more research on his theology and charisms. I love his spirituality and the way he taught us to pray.  He helps take you into deeper and more contemplative prayer.

KI: How was your winter? Do you have any words of inspiration for those feeling down from a long cold winter?

GD:
When I was stuck in the house during the snow storms this past winter, I took the opportunity to enjoy my family. I felt God telling to me to step back and just stop. I turned the situation around. Instead of being annoyed because I was confined by the weather, I took the opportunity to enjoy my family, especially my daughters who will be away at college this coming fall. It was a perfect time to try new recipes. I truly enjoy cooking for my family because I believe gathering around the table is sacred family time.

Easter Sunday is coming. Springtime will come. Just like the seasons of our own life, when we wonder where God is. Winter reminds us that when God seems far from us, He’s the closest to us.

KI: What are your next upcoming events?

GD:
I have retreats at various parishes throughout the Archdiocese of NY.  I lead youth, women, and marriage retreats, and also hold keynote talks regarding a variety of topics. Occasionally people will provide the topic that raise concerns or unanswered questions in their lives.

Also, Lectio Divina evenings are coming to St. Christopher’s after the Stations of the Cross. It is a time to reflect on God’s word and apply it to our own life. The beautiful thing about scripture is it’s God’s love story to us. I will be leading a Women’s Retreat at St. Christopher’s on May 21st. The theme of the retreat is The Power of Yes. This power is given to us by God when we say yes to His call. I must admit it is one of my favorite retreats.

KI: What are your future goals?

GD:
My goal is to write books to encourage others find Christ in their lives. My first book will be dedicated to the youth. Being a mother of three of daughters and working with young people for twenty-two years has taught me a lot. I want my book to be a message of hope so they can encounter Christ in their life. I have witnessed amazing things through the teens once they found God. They found a true and everlasting hope.

KI: Thanks Grace, you are always an inspiration.

Join Grace on her life-changing retreats and mediation events. Details can be found on www.gracedaquila.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIN.

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