Carter, Hudson, Lily and Miles. I am currently going through RCIA and will be receiving the sacraments of
Confirmation and Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil in a few short weeks. Carter and Hudson will also
receive their first Holy Communion at Easter. I was asked to share with you about my faith journey and
what led me to the Catholic Faith, as well as my experience with RCIA.
I grew up in the Protestant Faith and spent my childhood up until my early 20’s attending various
Protestant churches. I also attended Cornerstone University, a Christ-centered university in Grand
Rapids. My faith has always been important to me, but somewhere along the way I admittedly drifted
away from God. I used the excuse for years that we were too busy with raising our family, work and
everyday life to regularly attend church and make time for prayer. It wasn’t until Hudson expressed
interest in signing up for Religion and starting to go to church that I knew I needed to take responsibility
for restoring my faith and raising our family in the faith. With that nudge from Hudson, we began
regularly attending Mass.
After a few months of regularly attending Mass I began to feel a pull towards learning more about
Catholicism. I used to attend Mass feeling like I didn’t understand and I didn’t belong there. Week after
week I slowly began to feel less like an outsider and felt a greater sense of belonging. I wanted to fully
participate in Mass and I had so many questions that I wanted answered. Not long after that I saw an
announcement in the bulletin about RCIA and knew it was time to take this next step.
RCIA has been so much more than I expected it to be. I thought it would just be religion classes where I
would learn about Catholic beliefs and traditions. RCIA has taught me so much more than just Catholic
theology, although that education has been extremely important to me too. It has challenged me to
really think about my relationship with Christ and how the Holy Spirit is working in my life. I’ve learned
how to spend more meaningful time in prayer and it has truly impacted every part of my life. There is
still so much to learn but I have developed a love and respect for the history, traditions and sacredness
of the Catholic Faith. There was so much that I didn’t understand that I do now. It’s hard to explain, but I
feel a peace in my life that I have never felt before.
I want to thank Paul Fahey and Luke Goerge for their guidance during this time. I will forever be grateful
for their knowledge, teaching and conversations that have been life changing for me this year. My
mother-in-law, Wanda, has also played a tremendous role in my life, especially these past six months. In
the 20+ years that I have known her I have always admired her devotion to her faith, in good times and
in bad. It has been an honor to have her as my sponsor.
As Easter approaches, I am looking forward to receiving the Eucharist and entering into full Communion
with the Church. I was listening to Lauren Daigle’s new song “Hold On To Me” earlier this week. The
lyrics resonated with me and made me think about Christ’s love for us and my journey back to Him. Even
when we’ve lost our way, He will always welcome us back with open arms. There’s a line in the song,
“Hold on to me when I forget I need You. When I let go, hold me again.” How blessed are we to have a
God who loves us, and will always welcome us back to Him!