Last night I received a note from a young woman who was in the youth group many years ago. She included her “testimony” of sorts that was very moving and encouraging to me. I am sharing it here.
“I’ve been somewhat off and on Catholic for the last seven or eight years, always praying and identifying as Catholic and attending Mass, but struggling at times with the rigidity of the faith. I’ve considered other “more liberal” Protestant denominations but have felt that I love Mary and the presence of Christ in the Eucharist too much to leave. In college, I grew close to a friend who was very devout in the faith and she taught me so much. I remember her mentioning that she could sense when there was a tabernacle nearby. It was beautiful to hear and I didn’t think I would ever be able to sense that. I’ve been participating in a Bible Study at work the last few months with a Protestant evangelical colleague. She’s respectful and kind but is not entirely believing of the aspects of the Catholic faith that I love so much. I feel that I’ve been able to teach her several things though, and I’m hesitant to back away from the friendship or Bible Study when it’s truly a learning environment for us both. I attended a Bible study at her church this past week and felt so strongly that something was missing, that there wasn’t the fullness there that I’d grown accustomed to in my own Church. I’ve been singing in the choir here at my church for the last year and find I often have to attend Mass a second time that week to truly pray, meditate, and receive the fullness of the service. Singing can distract! I attended Mass early the following morning after her church and immediately felt that I was home. I could feel the presence of the Eucharist in the church and it was so wonderful to be there again. This evening, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Statue of Our Lady of Fatima visited my church, and it was such a beautiful experience. I felt even more of the love and light that I’ve felt with the Eucharist recently. I’m so happy to be Catholic and be part of this church, and just wanted to share that with you.”
I Found God today in the faith story of a young woman.