Pictured above is Amanda Walters.
We all want our children to "own" their Catholic faith. It saddens us when we see our family members fall away from the faith because they never made it their own. That's why I was so inspired when I read this past Tuesday's Lenten Reflection from the Pews by parishioner Amanda Walters.
Since not all of you are receiving the daily reflections, I wanted to make sure that you read Amanda's honest reflection of her journey to adult faith. We are very fortunate that Amanda chose St. Anthony's as her faith family. Here's her reflection...
I’ve always been Catholic, it was how I was raised. Not until recently have I truly felt like it was my choice. Growing up I went through the sacraments because of my parents. I feel like my first decision in the church was when it came time to be married. I grew up in Illinois, but lived in Iowa and wanted to find a church that made me feel comfortable. I am so lucky to have found St. Anthony’s, because it has helped me grow in my faith and truly be a part of something important.
The reason for this story is part of my reflection. One of the readings for March 12th is Isaiah 55:10-11. My mom and dad did everything they could to help me understand the importance of the Catholic Church. They were great examples no matter what was done to question their faith. The reading explained that the rain and snow would not return until it had accomplished what was desired. My parents did everything they could to make me a good Catholic, and then sent me into the world. It was my choice to come back to church and my choice to become a part of St. Anthony’s community. I have now realized that with my accomplishments you will find my parents’ accomplishments.
As for Matthew 6:7-15, this reading reminds me of that time when I was “away” from the church. At no point did I stop praying. It didn’t matter what was happening, my parents taught me to talk to God and I have always done that. It never mattered the situation, but I always knew that I could say a rosary and God would help me in any way that He could. I think that is the key point of this reading. My favorite part is when it says, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” It isn’t about what you say, it’s about praying, because He already knows.
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