For a little bit of background, I am currently confused with regards to my faith. Openly, I am an atheist who makes a facetious comment about religion quite often. But inside, I still feel a calling to God and am interested in rejoining the Catholic Church. I always read Christian texts, listen to its preachers and often visit churches to let my mind explore.
There are two things I love: crowds and busyness. Right now, I am an ACTIONN leader (interfaith community organizing), the hopeful Youth City Council Chairman, the Vice President of a school volunteer club, a member of my district’s Student Advisory Board, the President of a Red Cross Youth Group, and the Secretary for my school’s National Honors Society. I am also organizing the high school chapter of the Young Democrats in my area, and have been a fellow for a presidential campaign. Beyond all of this, I have volunteered countless hours for Catholic Charities, various Veterans’ Groups, and the Boys and Girls Club.
My passion has always been politics. And it is for that reason I envision myself as making a career in public office. The thrills of running a campaign, meeting people from all backgrounds, and fighting for what one believes in all appeal to my mindset. Many family members have said that I am entering an extremely dirty and corrupt field, but I view this as pessimism and a lack of faith in what people can do. I feel a very strong internal calling for this vocational field.
What does the Church say about someone in my position? I understand what Catholics believe in terms of policy (the consistent life ethic, social justice, traditionalism), and align to a great many of its teachings. But is there anything I should know as someone who wants to be a politician? What spiritual advice would be helpful?
Thank you, and God bless.