Before I was a little less than 14 years old, church was a place I only went to on Sundays. I felt like I had to be there and rarely would listen. But after my last two weeks of summer that all changed.
The summer of 2016, I attended a Simple Life Camp at my church. I was very hesitant on going but I wasn’t busy and I, thought it could be fun. We weren’t allowed to have technology there and had to do a lot of volunteer work. The other kids there were so entertaining and friendly. Most of all they all had a strong passion for God, and that really influenced me. When my youth group and I volunteered, seeing the people so thankful for every little thing we did made me feel so appreciated. After that, I started listening in church more, doing a lot of volunteer work on my own, and becoming more involved in school and church. Now I love church! I love my youth group, and it’s my favorite place to be! Being Catholic isn’t just attending church. It’s being more involved and sharing the catholic life with others.
Another event I went to that reminded me of this was the Diocese of St. Augustine High School Youth Conference. It was my first year attending this youth conference. At first, I was homesick, but after hearing the speakers, Tommy McGrady, Katie McGrady, Robin Shipley, and others, I felt like I fit right in there. By the time it was over, I was disappointed to have to leave but once again felt influenced by everything I had learned. From the discussions about friendships to how much God loves us, I will never forget that retreat!
In conclusion, God loves all of us. Whatever pain we face or sins we commit he will never stop loving us, and we should never stop loving him. Everyone gets the call from him, and when it happens, it’s a miracle!