1. Please tell us about yourself.
My name is Vivian Imbruglia, and I’m 54 years old. I came from a very devout Catholic home where I was one of eight children. My husband and I have three children. Our son, Nathaniel, is married and has given us three grandchildren whom we absolutely LOVE!
“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.” -- Blessed John Paul II
My goal is simply to serve HIM, and touch as many lives as possible with my work.
I actually looked forward to beginning my fast on Ash Wednesday, and had a beautiful day planned out. I drove out with three lovely ladies from our parish to spend the day with the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart in Alhambra, California. A unique bond between the four of us became even stronger that day, as we attended a one-day Lenten retreat led by Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR. We said the rosary, Stations of the Cross, Adoration, confession, and ended with Mass. I hardly realized I was fasting, probably because I was so full of the Holy Spirit.
The day after Ash Wednesday was Valentine’s Day. My husband surprised me with an overnight trip, and the next morning we walked to a quaint little restaurant and had a wonderful breakfast. It wasn't until that afternoon that I realized it was Friday!!! I was supposed to be fasting!! I felt horrible but then realized our God is a forgiving God, and He knows my intentions. I decided to fast on Saturday instead.
4. What is the top reason you think that other people should answer the bishops’ call?
For more posts in the fasting series, click here: Fasting and Marriage, Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.
Artwork by Vivian Imbruglia