An internet group I’ve belonged to for years has a small sub-group of Christians (to comply with the no religious messages on topic main group…)
Anyway, I am one of two practicing Catholics in the group – and for the most part it is a very charitable group. One young lady is a cradle Catholic. She has been feeling isolated, too old for the youth group, past the college crowd – not married – kind of stuck in between without fellowship. I have had some conversations off line about her Catholicism – then, she will go silent for awhile. Last update was she had signed up to be a greeter at her Parish -
This message was posted this morning:
Seriously I am on what seems a never ending quest to find my place in religion and church. I was a greeter which ended as did my attendance, I know I know but I tried to put my heart into it, it just didn’t grab me and I am not into doing things half-butted.
Anyways, so I went surfing on the net and came across this huge Christian church ( the thing takes up a block ) and saw all the groups they have. There is this one group called Impact 20 for Christians in their 20’s and early 30’s which meet every Wednesday night. Cool thing is that it is open to [/font]ALL Christians no matter if [font=Arial]you are Christian, Catholic, Lutheran, etc. Also you don’t need to
be a church member either. I decided to take the plunge and go, and let me tell you [/font]OMG it was awesome. Walking in and seeing others my [font=Arial]age, girls [/font]AND guys on the same age level who believe in God. I [font=Arial]walked in and said basically hi I am a new person. Right away they introduced me to other people and offered to sit with me in which I said sure. [/font]
[font=Arial]They started off with music played by a band and words on
three screens, next there was a sermon by a pastor in his 20’s and boy did it talk to me. Then they talked about their mission to [/font]Ecuador and the person talking said how many people where Catholic [font=Arial]by upbrining and not by choice, which got me thinking.
I am Catholic by baptism and how I was brought up. Am I Catholic though because I personally want to be or because I am comfortable with it because its all I know. Please note, this was not a hey lets convert catholics thing, it is my own personal questioning.
Anyways it was an awesome experience and I definitely want to go back on Wednesday nights. Seriously though, it was nice, no stoning the Catholic, no religious debates, none of that ****. So, I am a step forward to finding a belonging.”
So – help me out here. She lives half a nation away from me, but I cannot just sit on my hands… When I was her age, I was on my journey into the Catholic Church. I could use some advice here from some of you Cradle Catholics who may have had similar experiences…