"Lent is my favorite tradition because I get to give something up for a man who gave his life for me"
"Sometimes when it’s hard to pray, or I have doubts, I just keep doing what I’ve always done (or at least try to!) and let God come to me where I am. Sitting in silence, even if I hear nothing, is often the best way I can pray."
""I always turn to St. Ann the mother of Mary when my problems seem too big…
O glorious Saint Ann,
you are filled with compassion
for those who invoke you,
and with love for those suffer.
Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles,
I cast myself at your feet …""
"Mary is my go to girl! I always turn to her. I listen to the rosary on CD in my car. Each time I listen I hear something new."
"My favorite bible verse is Phil 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." It shows me I can do anything I want."
"My Catholic education made a big difference for me in college. I was used the amount of work, I knew how to study and take a test, and I recognized that I have a moral center, a foundation that I didn't see in others."
Catholic schools are special because they are places where children can go and be confident that there are people who care about me and love me.
"A big Catholic family means everyone is named after a saint, you have parties after every sacrament and everyone comes, and you get rosaries as souvenirs from your parent's travels!"
""I love being part of the church founded by Jesus Christ"
""Growing up Catholic meant having a community that I belonged to. It meant activities with the parish like baking cookies for the homebound, participating in the birth of Jesus pageant, knowing that you had others to pray for you when needed it and always feeling like you were home!""
"My favorite church song is "On Eagles Wings" because it reminds me of my youth (we sang it in church as a child) and it is very uplifting!"
"I asked God for a good Christian man – He brought my hubby into my life. Hubby had 3 boys, I call my bonus boys- meant to be!"
"My favorite Catholic tradition is counting down the Advent calendar until Christmas. We open a door on a calendar each day to help me and my family reflect on what the special day is all about—building the excitement and anticipation along the way."
"I practice my faith everyday. I do morning prayer, evening prayer, and I invite people to go to things"
"I am thankful for humor, I'm so thankful for the joy, laughter and silliness He brings into my life and to others"
"God is a wonderful Being and brings joy to anyone who believes."
"I see God everywhere! He shines and shows His love in the small acts of kindness given freely to all people!"
"The best thing about a parish is the people! Learning from and growing with people I wouldn't know otherwise, each with their own unique story and journey with Christ. I treasure having a parish I can call home…and the festival!"
"My favorite scripture is 2 Tim 1:7-8 I love it because it reminds me that God did not give us spirit of timidity!"
"For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.e8So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,* nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God"
""It is hard to pray, somethimes, when I think the world is crashing down around me. But then, through the love and compassion of my family, I know God has His arms wrapped securely around me. Always listening. Always there.""
"Son: "I am certain that God exists when I am in church, I love the bible stories."
Mom: " I know because of this guy and his spirit!""
"My favorite Scripture verse from the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13:4-10 because it teaches us how God would want us to love one another. If you substitute "Christ" for "love," it explains how Christ lived. ("Christ" is patient, "Christ" is kind...)"
"My favorite Saint is St. Kateri. She's my favorite saint because I admire how much she loved God and honored him, even though she had a rough life."
"The funniest thing God created is Nitrous Oxide."
"My favorite image of Mary is a mother holding a child. When I look at it I envision her holding me. I love how tenderly she holds me, and how she is looking at me."
"Being Catholic is as much of who I am as being German and Irish. Growing up Catholic gave me structure and discipline. There is something about the standing, sitting, kneeling and memorized prayers. There is an order to it and I needed it."
"I don’t go to Mass every week, but I go more than Christmas Easter. My favorite Church song is the Ave Maria."
"There are always distractions with prayer, so I try to keep praying through the distractions and offering those moments too. In addition to traditional prayers, I try to call on the Holy Spirit as many times as I can remember to do so. Come Holy Spirit, guide me through this conversation, meeting, or challenge."
"My favorite saint is St. Anthony because he finds my lost stuff. He helps me find things and it always works!"
"I see God in my grandma. She's loving and understanding, and always there for me in the hard times. It's in all the ways that she is motherly that I see God."
"People need to be open and generous toward others. Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy. Happiness is caring about the happiness of those you love. Be giving of yourself to others."
"I firmly believe that I have angels guiding and looking out for me in all that I do, and pray to them often. In times of fear, doubt or uncertainty, I feel an incredible presence and safety in knowing they are there to support me."
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