Aug. 15 was the feast day of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, full of grace. I want to share my story of another woman who was full of grace, Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik.
I was 14 in 1965 when I entered high school at Archbishop Keough School in Baltimore. I was painfully shy — my family had moved to Catonsville in August of that year — and I went from a class of about 30 at Blessed Sacrament School on York Road to a class of over 300 young girls.
I knew no one. It was a very painful time in my life, but God sends grace, and I found it in Sister Catherine's English class. Sister Catherine was so passionate about writers and Shakespeare that I was caught up in a world of fine art. I remember memorizing a soliloquy from "The Merchant of Venice" that, when I stood up and performed it in the front of the class, so impressed Sister Catherine that she cried out "Bravo"! I was inspired by her love of literature.