Praying before an icon of Christ, Janet Bourdet learned that she is a child created for God's glory.

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Praying before an icon of Christ, Janet Bourdet learned that she is a child created for God's glory.

February 23, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Janet Bourdet, co-director of Edmonton's Marian Centre, was so taken as a child by the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, she found herself asking God, "Why love me?"

But amidst her soul searching, she faced a major upset when, come Grade 5, her family had to leave forested Montana and move to San Diego. "I was heart-broken until I saw the pool."

Changes happened again when Bourdet left the Church at 18. But once she had left, she was "racked by emptiness. I reached out to God and asked 'Who do you want me to follow?'"

That plea opened her eyes and ears and "a dark grip was released from my heart."

But it wasn't until she visited a cousin and attended an evangelical service that a voice filled her heart, saying, "Take my hand. Don't be afraid. Go sell all your possessions and give to the poor."

Said Janet: "I did not want a religious vocation. I wanted to get married and have kids."

It was five years before she made her way to Madonna House at Combermere, Ont.

As she sought out her heart's question while in front of an icon of Christ, she asked "Who are you?"

The answer came immediately. "Unfailing love."

Bourdet queried him again. "Who am I?"

"A child created for my glory" was the answer.

"You see, he brought me into the Trinity of perfect love," Bourdet explained.

She finds the message from God deepens when she prays.

A smile softens Bourdet's face. "I surrender and adore and am willing to suffer and do whatever he wants."