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Reflection for Week 5 of Lent - 2nd Corinthians 5:17-21

Posted by Emily Laurin, Sophomore-Music Education on March 22 2013

I have never been an exemplary Catholic. This statement is even hard for me to write and express to you. This year especially took a large toll on my faith. I’ve had many health problems within my family and asked the typical question which one asks God, that being, “Why do you keep doing this to my family?” My faith became faint and non-existent.  I kept praying that my family, especially my mother, would finally recover and could leave the hospital…but, my mother continued to get sicker. I noticed that prayer did nothing, thus causing me to lose faith completely in the one thing I thought was stable in my life, faith.

My mother noticed how distraught I was getting, especially regarding my faith. She, in fact, made me go on a retreat with her. This retreat was called CEW (Christian Experience Weekend) which was held at my home parish in town. I knew that this would mean a lot to her if I would go, so I did. During the weekend I felt as if I was back home. It was a feeling of overwhelming love and compassion especially with those on the weekend. I knew what was truly missing in my life. As I read this passage, I could immediately see a parallel between my life at this time and the passage. (Yes, there is a happy ending to this story!) “Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all this from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ…” This passage speaks volumes to me. We can all become better people especially within our own faith.  Lent is a great time to realize where we have fallen short and reconcile ourselves with Christ, great things are about to come!

After the retreat I have realized that without God and without family/community, life would be a very dull place. Things have certainly turned around since this time. I have learned to always lean against my rock (that is Christ) when times are dark and pray unceasingly. I may not be an exemplary Catholic, but I do try and strive to become a better Catholic each day.