I love the Catholic faith! I am amazed by its beauty and authenticity. To say that faith is a solid foundation and my spine is probably an understatement. Over the years, the Catholic faith has shaped and transformed me in countless ways unimaginable. It’s hard to imagine for some.
When I was little, I suffered from loneliness and rejection after rejection – being pretty much the pariah. I got to the point where I tearfully asked, “Why do I exist? Why am I here?” My parents told me: Because Jesus wants you here. He made you. Then I wanted to find out who Jesus was and start asking him about my existence.
I had a very good encounter with Jesus when I was about 7 years old, at a time when I was so looking forward to receiving my First Holy Communion. This gave me the desire to want to encounter Christ as often as possible through the Eucharist. As I got to know Jesus and everything he went through, it made me feel comfortable that he went through everything I was going through. I could identify with him so easily. I could unite my pains and my brokenness with his and he could make me a new life—just as he had promised in Revelation 21:5: “Behold, I make all things new. »
All thanks to my faith, I developed many skills and character traits. I was invited to be a reader when I was 12 years old. As a reader throughout my teens and early twenties, I developed the confidence and courage to speak in public. I became an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist right after my confirmation, because I wanted to add another “sacred skill”.
It says in Psalm 34:18 that the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the brokenhearted. With all the crushing that may have happened in my soul, I realize that the Holy Spirit wants to burst in and work in me full time. To make wine, grapes must be crushed. To make perfume, the flowers must be crushed. To make olive oil, the olives must be crushed. I wonder what I’m going to become with all this crushing. It remains a mystery to this day.
I am passionately Catholic because it allows me to live a meaningful life. It reminds me that I have a purpose. Until I find out what that purpose is, I will enjoy this scavenger hunt the Holy Spirit has given me.
Moga, 28, is a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace in Edina. She works as a ramp agent for an airline and enjoys reading, working out, praying and meeting new people.
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