We survived through faith
Rose-Marie Cilia, an immigrant from Malta to Canada between 1973-1996 shares her story
When my husband and I got married, we emigrated with very few belongings and not much in the way of finances. Our strongest asset though was the Catholic faith we both shared. We relied totally on God for our success in this new venture and He therefore sustained us and blessed us with His bounty throughout the years.
Bringing up a family away from everyone dear to us, coupled with homesickness for the sea and the Maltese way of life and culture was very hard but always, God sent us people along our path who eventually became our close friends and who helped us in so many ways, emotionally, spiritually and materially.
By the time I was 30, we had 4 children and one income and just enough to live on, never going hungry, no luxuries in our home except unity and the will to make it work. For the first six years we had no car and distances, as they are in Canada, are vast! However we never missed a Sunday Mass, pulling our youngest in the sleigh on the snow in the coldest of times. Throughout the toughest times, for instance when my husband was laid off work, we survived on novenas, which never ever failed us and gifted us with more than we ever expected. In a matter of 12 years we went from a one bedroomed apartment to a 4 bedroomed bungalow on 11 acres of land! It was not easy but very satisfying…. No gains without pains as they say and not without constant prayer.
In short, we learned that regardless of how many problems you have or how big they are, if you keep your focus on the spiritual, the material follows. We learned that when we made petitions, the results were after all, even better than our dreams. We are children of God and He will not let us down. Let Him take charge and let His will be done. In the end we are not judged by our material or social gains but by how much we have kept the faith.