Born into Catholicism, I always thought I was a "religious" person. My parents had the finances to send me to a parochial school, which was good for the morals, values, and religion part, however attending a public school was a huge transformation for me. I felt behind academically, socially I went from 25 students in my grade to 500, athletically, well, I felt like an underachiever. Don't get me wrong, I feel I earned a decent education, it's just that the resources weren't available to me in my setting at the parochial school.
I was very involved as a teen in the youth ministry programs. So involved, I was one of the leaders in the Diocese. My outlet in life was my "youth group". By the time I went to college though, most of us in the "youth group" began going our separate ways. I still went to church every Sunday, prayed every day, but that was about it. My spiritual relationship soon began fading away.
Fast forward to 2003. My life began falling apart. I am working in a new environment, surrounded by individuals who are connected to Christ. I was invited to go to a church, a non-denominational church, and I accepted the invitation. An invitation for which I will always be thankful. I became reborn that year. My spiritual re-connection with the Almighty has simply been breath-taking. My submission to the Lord has given me so many blessings over these last few years. Most importantly, having FAITH in God has healed me.
Why do I write this? As a reminder, it takes a great deal of faith to believe and know that what is asked for will be received.