God Loves Ya!!!
Why are you Catholic? That is a question that I think most people take for granted. Most people choose to shrug it off saying, “I’ve always been Catholic”, or “That’s just what I believe.” But the beauty of the Catholic faith is something that has become a part of me, and I’d like to share that with you today.
Like most Catholics, I was baptized as an infant, and grew up going to Mass every Sunday, and a Catholic School for nine years. But the most influential people in teaching me my Catechism were my parents, priests, teachers, and particularly, my grandparents. These people taught me how to pray and love God. And because of this, God played a large role in my life. Through both good times and bad, I could feel God’s presence in my life, even if I always didn’t deserve it. And when I felt isolated or alone, persecuted or forgotten, my faith and relationship with the Lord is what always got me through.
Now, my life has been quite blessed overall. I have a wonderful family, devoted friends, and an extremely supportive boyfriend, who although he isn’t Catholic, loves and respects my faith, and I know he was sent to me from the Lord. You see, despite going to a parochial school, I had very few Catholic friends, particularly, practicing Catholic friends. But I do have many Protestant friends, who also love and respect my beliefs, and have helped build my testimony. I love getting in religious conversations with them, because I feel the Holy Spirit and it is just a wonderful feeling to share my beliefs with other Christians and disciples of Jesus.
‘Well if that’s true, how do you know that the Catholic Church is the right one for you?’ you may ask. My revelation was basically in the form of a series of questions. Could you give up your beliefs that are stated in the Nicene Creed? Could you deny the Papacy? The Saints? The Virgin Mary? The answer was no. I discovered that I love, love with all my heart, mind, and soul, everything about my faith. And I ask anyone who has doubts about their faith to ask those same questions.
Now this doesn’t mean I’m perfect or a saint. Who is? But this does mean that we can renew our relationship with the Heavenly Father. But our faith is filled with those who can help. We have our Heavenly Father who loves us and is willing to forgive, we have Jesus, our brother and advocate who was willing to sacrifice the ultimate sacrifice- himself, we have the Holy Spirit, to give us strength and hope, and we have Mary, the angels, the saints, the clergy, and the laity, including you, to be an example and to help others come to love the Trinity and to grow closer to the Lord.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “Plans for good, and not for evil, to give you a Future and a Hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
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