Reasons Why I Love My Catholic Faith
Going to weekday Mass has really got me thinking about how much I love my faith. And because Easter season is coming up, I thought it would be great to do a post about some of the reasons why I love my Catholic faith!
holy mass is international & everyday
I can go anywhere in the world, any day and attend Mass. Holy Mass may be in a different language or the way the songs are sung might not be the same, but that’s really all that’s different. I’m comforted by the fact that I can go to different countries and still be able to practice my faith like I would if I was home!
jesus in the eucharist
Transubstantiation. The bread and wine literally becomes the body and blood of Jesus - one of the most important, if not the #1 reason I go to Mass. He is physically present everyday during Holy Mass and He is physically present when we attend chapel during Adoration. As part of the new covenant, we received before Jesus was handed over (1 Cor 11: 23-25) . When it comes time to kneel during Mass, the priest consecrates the bread and wine, and at that moment, we are witnessing a moment in time when Heaven and Earth miraculously meet. Honestly, when I think about it, it gives me the chills because I know that Jesus is here, He is alive both in my spirit, and physically in the Eucharist.
Jesus is literally in front of us when we seek Him during Adoration. Going to chapel and just spending time in the quiet with Jesus gives my soul so much joy and peace. It’s like visiting a parent or a best friend that you love and respect immensely. I try to go to Adoration each week. Sometimes I come in with my worldly problems, sometimes I come frustrated, and other times, I come with good news and happy thoughts. Regardless of what baggage I have, the Holy Spirit calls me every week to visit. Sometimes I don’t get to but I never regret visiting Him.
Confirmation was a big part of my faith journey as a young adult. I decided that I would actively pursue and grow in my Catholic faith and this truly strengthened my love for God. It’s kind of like a second Baptism in that I’m even more so strengthened by the Holy Spirit to pursue my journey back to God. It was a declaration of my ultimate desire - definitely a favorite milestone in my journey.
P.S. Oh and I chose St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of nature and animals, to be my confirmation saint.
University life would never be the same if I hadn’t been a part of my catholic ministry. I was able to attend Bible study every week and really got to involve myself with a faith-filled community. Bible study was a crucial part of my growth in my faith because it exposed me to studying scripture with others and really being able to relate to college students who were going through similar obstacles. Being part of the catholic community on campus helped keep the fire within lit during the tough times that would dim it and I am so grateful for that.
Through the catholic ministry, I found my sisterhood, Mu Epsilon Theta National Catholic Sorority. And with my discipleship with my FOCUS missionary (shout out to you, Gabby), I was able to hold Bible studies for my sorority sisters which were so incredibly fruitful. I learned so much about my catholic faith and grew courage to stand loving and firm in my spirituality with others.
I actually had to take a moment and calm myself because I LOVE SEEK SO MUCH. Going to SEEK was probably one of the best experiences I had in my college career and my faith life. Nearly 13,000 Catholic students attend this conference to join together and celebrate Jesus in the Holy Mass (everyday of the conference), to visit Him in perpetual Adoration, and to meet Him in Confession… I knelt before Him for hours in worship and adoration and I felt Him in my soul like I do at Adoration anywhere else… Except this time, I was surrounded by others who knelt with me - to love Him, to honor Him and it was beautifully overwhelming.
discernment of religious life
I love how we have the opportunity to live out our lives through the church in this way. For a few years, I had always contemplated whether I was being called to serve through religious life. I was discerning whether to become a nun. For some time I had prayed about it and eventually found that I was being called to other ways that I could serve Him in my life. If you find yourself wondering about your vocation in the Catholic church, and may feel like you’re being called to serve Him faithfully in other ways such as religious life, here is a great resource to start your research.
I hope you find His purpose for you. Blessings :)
there’s always something to learn
There’s always something to learn about our traditions that honor Him. There’s always a saint to look up and learn from. There’s a charity to be a part of, there’s always history to learn concerning scripture. There is 2,000 something years of history (both the good and the lessons) concerning the growth of our church. And there are things to learn now from those around us - from those in our community and those who have converted from a previous ways of life.
saints that i can learn from
The church as been around for centuries, with each century filled with so many of our faithfully departed. There are so many of us whose hearts have been touched by His love through both physical and spiritual experiences and through others they have encountered. We’re all called to be saints and I think it’s beautiful how we recognize the lives of the faithful (who, by the way come from different walks of life and serve faithfully in their own way).
Who’s your favorite saint and what is it about their lives that moves you towards your own sainthood?
Comment down below any books about saints that you’ve read or are planning to read! I love reading up on the saints!
i feel whole
As I finally started adulting, I’ve become more comfortable exploring and attending other churches. I’ve done research on non-christian faiths (always do your research) and I’ve attended Bible studies that weren’t under Catholic doctrine, always with an open heart and an open mind. It’s normal to question and explore - especially when it comes to spirituality and your salvation, y’know?
At times, I have doubted God, asking Him in frustration why certain things have happened in my life, why there has been so much pain or lack of a sense of purpose. But even after attending different services and studies (which I actually still do enjoy), I don’t think anything will ever compare to the joy and relief that my soul feels when I see Jesus in the Eucharist during Mass or Adoration. Nothing compares to the relief I feel when I go to confession after times of darkness. I feel the Holy Spirit when I worship, surrounded by community and I feel His love when I am alone and there is nothing but silence that surrounds me.
Throughout my whole faith life, Jesus and His Church has taught me to respect and love others - regardless of what sets us apart. Of course, I’m not going to tell you that I’ve never disliked someone or have never gotten into arguments, or that I’m just constantly doing all these good things because then that would be lying (and that’s not good). But I’ve learned about Love. I know what it looks like and what it doesn’t look like. I know His love for me and the love He has for others around me. And even in all my brokenness, I am still able to acknowledge that gift… and that is what my faith has taught me.