Saturday, August 18, 2012

A gift to share

In one week and a day I will be moving back to beautiful Madison.

I’m really excited to get back into the swing of things. I’m moving into my sorority house, which will be a new experience for sure. I don’t have any sisters, but soon I will be sharing a home with about 51 of them, and I couldn’t be more excited.

My boyfriend will also be in Madison, and it will be nice being so close to him for a change. We spent 1,127 miles apart last school year and were still 28 miles apart this summer, but in about a week we will be a mere .3 miles apart, which will be a big change, and one I know will be for the better.

And then there’s my business fraternity that I’m in with some of my best friends, who I haven’t seen all summer. It will be great to catch up with all of them again.

And then there’s classes… which are exciting too now that I’ll be a sophomore and finally able to explore my majors.

However, I may be most excited to be back at St. Paul’s. Last semester I went through a big change. I found things in my life that weren’t matching up with the Catholic lifestyle I wanted to lead, so I adjusted them. I prayed more, partied less, and worked on putting others before myself. I’m really proud of what I’ve done and I like who I’m becoming.

But it has been hard to be as passionate about Catholicism while being away from those who lit the fire within me, those who encouraged me to be a better person, those who would listen to me and reassure me when I failed, and those who praised me when I succeeded. Don’t get me wrong, my family and friends in my hometown are all wonderful people, but truly committing myself to this faith was something that I had to choose for myself away from the influences of old family and friends.

Now at St. Paul’s I’ve been introduced to a whole new group of devout Catholics, and I’ve made friends that are going through the same journey as I am. My bible study has been an amazing source of comfort over this past year, and I cannot wait to be reunited with them.

Which I guess is the point I’m trying to drive home. Becoming stronger in faith is a beautiful thing, but it is not easy. It sometimes requires making life changes that your closest friends and family do not necessarily understand. If you are serious about becoming closer to Christ and becoming more entrenched in your faith, I highly suggest ¬†finding at least one other person to make the journey with you. That way you have someone else with whom to figure it out. You can keep each other on track.¬†

Catholicism is beautiful. The beliefs are beautiful. God’s love is beautiful. I love learning more and more about it because it is such a positive thing. It makes life worth living. It just makes sense. However, the journey is much more beautiful (and in most cases a little easier) if you can share it with others.