God As Our Compass

Lady Antebellum may not have meant to portray this meaning to their song Compass, but the first time I heard it I thought of God as our compass.

The chorus alone mentions going through a hard time and wanting to give up, but instead of giving up you should let your heart be your compass when you’re lost. A huge part of your heart guiding you through those rough patches, is God leading you. Last year, I went to a camp with my school, and one of the themes was that God is our compass.

Compasses always point to North, and Heaven is portrayed as being ‘up.’ If we think of North as being the place that will shed light on us when we’re lost, it will become true for a real compass and for the compass that is God. We all have moments where we would like to give up because it’s dark, but letting out hearts, or God, be our compass can and will get us out of those situations.

At the end of their chorus, they say, “No matter what you’ll never be alone.” This kind of speaks for itself. God is always with us, even though sometimes it feels as though things have become too much to handle and He has forgotten us, He is always there. So no matter how hard a situation may seem, you’ll never be alone in your struggles because God is always there for you.

I don’t know if this song portrayed the same message to you upon first hearing it, but this is the message I got out of Lady A’s song Compass.

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Moving Toward Heaven Together

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A little over a year ago, I decided that being a Catholic means more than just going to church every Sunday. There are even people I know who rarely go to church who are better Christians than some people who go to church every week. Being a Christian means participating, whether it be through the church or simply through acts of kindness.

As I went through the process of Confirmation, I realized that I really and truly wanted to make a difference. I knew that I wasn’t being confirmed simply because my parents wanted me to, but because it was the right thing for me. A lot of this has to do with the friends I made at my new school, and the way they lived their life. When I realized that my friends were shaping who I was as a Catholic, as I mentioned in my last blog, I came to the conclusion that being a Christian is partially about helping those you care for to stay on the path intended for them in order to get to Heaven.

Last year was the first year I ever attended a Catholic Youth camp, such as DYC. I went to two during the school year and one during the summer, and these camps helped me to realize one of my life goals: I want to help children. At DYC, one of the speakers we had was a man named Sean Forrest, who has an orphanage in Haiti. He spoke to us about the children, and hearing that made me realize just how compassionate I am towards children. As I thought about it more and more, it became evident that as I grow up I would like to travel to Haiti (or another third world country) to help children, and when I told some of my friends this they not only accepted it, but encouraged me.

I believe that encouraging your friends to do the right things and helping them not stray from the path made for them is a huge part of being a Christian, which is why it is so important that we help each other in these things so that we may move toward Heaven together.

Friends of Faith

The people you associate yourself with help to form who you will become as an adult, whether it be friends, family, significant others, or just peers. Having relationships with people who have the same faith and same beliefs as you is important.

As teenagers, it is easy to fall into the habits of those around us, so surrounding ourselves with people of similar faith can help us to stay on the path intended for us. I have seen myself go down the wrong path because of the people I decided to befriend, and I have seen myself completely turn my life around by choosing better friends. As I’ve grown in my faith in the past year, I’ve done my best to associate myself with people that I believe will help me to stay on the right path. I can honestly say that in the past year I have seen myself grow into a young women of faith because of the people I met when I began going to a Catholic school. These people have helped to shape who I am today, and I am so glad I chose to surround myself with such amazing friends.

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When I first moved here, I was the new girl. A few of these people accepted me right away. One in particular helped me to find my faith once again, and if it weren’t for that friend I probably wouldn’t be who I am today. The boy in the far right picture on the top row was a huge part of getting me out of my faith crisis. He helped me to find what it truly means to be a Catholic, and he is just an all around good friend. All of these people have helped me in some way or another, but he is the one who truly opened my eyes to my faith.

These friends of mine are proof that the people you surround yourself with help to form who you become, and, although I haven’t finished growing up, I can honestly say that how they have shaped my life in the past year is amazing.

Rest in Peace Nanny

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Two years ago today the strongest women I have ever met passed away. She was the most lively 82 year old anyone could ever meet, and I am so blessed to have spent the first 15 years of my life knowing her. She may not be here in a physical sense anymore, but she will always be here in my heart and I plan on spending the rest of my life remembering her.

Whether I am remembering the good memories or the bad, there is no doubt that thinking of her leaves a smile on my face. She used to tease me like crazy, but she definitely knew how to make me smile. I am grateful that she gave me such a wonderful mom and was such an amazing grandmother.

Rest in Peace Nanny.

Pro Life

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Since the Pro Life march in D.C. was on January 22 and is a recent event, I figured this was a very appropriate topic.

As a Catholic, I believe life begins at the moment of conception.

Keep in mind that I am a teenager, therefore, I can understand the fears that may come with an unplanned pregnancy. My first thought would obviously be, “I’m seventeen, how would I provide for a child when I’m still a child myself?” Which brings me to my first point:

1) Adoption is the option

I think that for anyone going through a pregnancy that was unplanned, and sometimes unwanted, it’s important to remember that the child growing inside of you has a life also – even if it is completely dependent on you at the moment. If you were to find yourself in a situation where you were unable to care for the child, or simply didn’t want to be a parent, adoption is the option.

Keep in mind that just because you don’t want that baby, doesn’t mean someone else won’t. There are people out there who would love to adopt that baby, and there are people out there unable to have children of there own. Instead of ending the child’s life before it truly begins, give it up for adoption. Children shouldn’t be about convenience, which brings me to my last point:

2) The Convenience Factor

The word “fetus” is used when the unborn child is not wanted or is in a state of limbo, if you will. This word is essential to afford the convenience factor. Fetus is used to offset an inconvenient truth. It’s a viable tissue mass. Fetus is a word widely used to lessen any blame for ending the life of another human being. If conception was used as the guide line that would null and void the convenience, than it’s the conscience factor.

Because I’m seventeen and my generation has grown up with abortion being legal, a lot of my peers seem to be Pro Choice instead of Pro Life. It can be really difficult when your beliefs are different from those you associate yourself with. Since I started going to a Catholic high school last year I haven’t dealt with this issue much in the past year, but when I attended a public high school I noticed it more often than not. Keeping your beliefs and morals in these types of situations is essential!