December 5, 2003 at 3:42 am #597
The beginnings of my “deep” faith started about a year ago. Right now I’m a sophomore in college, and I’ve always been Catholic, born and raised, I guess you could say. I went to Catholic school, kindergarten through 8th grade, and never missed Sunday Mass with my family. I grew up learning our Doctrines but never really knowing much about them. I bounced back and forth in high school with going to youth groups at various churches, not necessarily even Catholic ones- I always wanted some sort of connection to Christ, but wasn’t sure where to get it. I always took my faith for granted until a year ago when I was thrown into a situation I didn’t really want to be in. I found myself at a new school with no friends or family around, and wasn’t sure where to start. Thankfully I found out about the Catholic Newman Center on campus. I started going to church on a regular basis again, which was a big contrast to the last few months when I attended very rarely. That was the start to the turnaround in my faith life. I met some wonderful people there, and now can say I feel like I have a “family” at church that I like to turn to. But, besides all of the wonderful people, I see a change in myself. I no longer go to church out of obligation, but in wanting to feel Jesus Christ in my life. This change has been the best thing that has happened for me in my life. The presence that I feel has flipped my life upside down. So much has changed. When I am at church, praying at home, walking to class-just [i:n9rssxkm]anything[/i:n9rssxkm]- I am so much more aware of God’s gifts He’s given to us. I feel so thankful and blessed, I don’t even know how to express myself. I feel incredible!
I am at the beginning of my faith life, and know that I have a lot more ahead of me. I am very excited to learn and experience so much more, but, sometimes when I realize how many holes I have in my experiences and knowledge about my faith, Jesus Christ, and Catholicism, it scares me. I know God has a plan for me and I keep praying about that plan. Despite feeling scared those times, I continue to feel so thankful! I love that feeling- opening my eyes and seeing all of God’s gifts. I cannot cease in praying to him in thanksgiving for the wonderful people and things in my life.January 13, 2004 at 1:37 am #2301
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Well, Jackie, I am very glad you came to St. Lawrence because it just wouldn’t be the same without you. ” title=”Smile” />January 26, 2004 at 2:49 am #2357
I am also very glad you joined St. Lawrence! ” title=”Very Happy” /> The enthusiasm you bring to church is incredible and the smile you always wear is irreplaceable. Thanks! ” title=”Wink” />March 4, 2004 at 5:50 pm #2582
Your discovery and journey is beautiful. I hope your happiness and enthusiasm can spill over, onto others around you, so more people can feel what your feeling.
SMarch 21, 2004 at 6:48 am #2747
It takes so much courage to step out into the unknown and believe in the unseen- blessed are you! It is apparent in your everyday life. ” title=”Smile” />
thanks for sharing!March 21, 2004 at 3:09 pm #2754
St. Lawrence is a great adjunct to life at K.U., one which I was unware of in my school years. But God knocked me off my ass just as He did St. Paul, and I got the message. The University of Kansas has had a great Catholic tradition which churned out lots of vocations as part of one Catholic-centric college. St. Lawrence continues this Lawrence, Kansas-centered work with a vitality that influences the world. May the Lord mightily bless them, and the lost and fallen who will benefit from their living faith. May the Lord grant the extraordinary blessing to St. Lawrence’s good and faithful servants of fully knowing the effects of their ministrations.March 22, 2004 at 12:30 am #2758
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[quote:2ujfrwlu]St. Lawrence is a great adjunct to life at K.U., one which I was unware of in my school years.[/quote:2ujfrwlu]
We’re at a different St. Lawrence[/url:2ujfrwlu] at the University of Minnesota. ” title=”Wink” />
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