Editor's Note: During the month of November, as the Year of Faith draws to a close, we will be celebrating all the fruits of this year. Each day we will feature a short reflection from Catholics all over the country and world, sharing what God has done. If you want to share your own fruits with us, email us a short reflection (no more than 500 words, please) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear how God has blessed you and deepened your faith this year!
The Year of Faith… What a year! I never imagined this would be the year I would join the Catholic Church. My journey started quite some time ago, but seemingly out of the blue, Mary (especially through Our Lady of Medjugorje and the Rosary) and the Saints showed me the way home.
What started as a gentle nudge became an intense pull to the Church. Could I really leave the faith I was taught? Would my family support me? Is this really what God is calling me to? Through fasting and prayer, I realized without a doubt the answer was yes to the latter question and I prayed it was also yes to the first two. Once I opened my heart, each question or doubt that I had was answered in time. I feel so blessed to now understand that Mary and the Saints long to bring us closer to Him. I’m so thankful for this experience and the mini-miracles witnessed along the way.
Experiencing the fullness of the Eucharist on Easter was a joy I will never forget. My eyes, mind and most of all my heart were opened to the truth in a way I never thought possible. As strange as it may sound and as hard as it is to describe, it felt as if a piece of my heart that I never knew was missing was truly found.
I am so grateful to God for leading me here. I’m grateful to my Catholic friends and the people at Marian High School and Saint John the Evangelist Parish. These welcoming communities not only supported my never-ending questions for increased knowledge but provided so many real examples of faithful Catholics living to serve God each day. I’m especially grateful to my family for indeed supporting me, even when it was not and is not easy.
If you have felt a “nudge” to the Catholic Church, please do not be afraid. Attending Mass regularly, praying the Rosary, and participating in Adoration are great joys of the Church, but the greatest has been receiving Our Lord in the Eucharist. Talk to a friend, a priest or even be so bold to call the RCIA director at the nearest parish to see how you can participate fully in Mass. It will be one of the best decisions of your life.
- Alicia Redinger