My Faith in the Catholic Church

My Faith in the Catholic Church

I have been a strong follower of the Catholic Church since I got a new life after sobriety. Weekdays don’t allow me to go to church because of a heavy work schedule. However, I am there every weekend for prayers, bible reading, and community activities. I also read stories of Jesus’ resurrection to the children and elders of the community. It has been a happy life so far, and I pray that it remains so for the rest of my life.

Freedom from Bondage

The Catholic Church has given me the liberation from bondage to self-centered thoughts and lifestyle. Today I have found myself to be more useful to my family and the community in which I live. Being a mechanical engineer by profession, I can assist people to start small business and industry in this field. I have a small mechanical workshop in which I train many poor students who can’t afford to have an education at colleges.

My first experiment with such an enterprise started when I met the senior father at the Catholic Church where I go for prayers and reading. He suggested that I do something useful for African American communities. 

Solar Panels 

Energy bill for the average African American household is a major cause of concern. Many of them own air conditioners, heaters, TV, gas lines, and other facilities at home. But most of them find it tough to pay the energy bills. Hence, we thought of an alternate energy source which is cheaper, readily available, and simple to maintain.

Solar panels are highly in demand among the middle-class communities. However, the installation and material prices seem to be still beyond the purchasing capacity of these people. So, we decided to start small scale enterprises run by the local youth. We bought the materials from cheap sources and started manufacturing the solar panels.

Installation is simple because it is a portable system. You can add more panels when required. Eventually, you can convert it into a rooftop model for generating power. You can sue it for lighting, A/C, cooking, washing, and other appliances. However, you have to use the appliances in the queue as the power output is lower than the conventional system. You will find it economical and efficient anyway.

Product Assembly

The Catholic Church has supported our community to develop product assembly units all over the towns and countryside. The units have provided jobs to many youths who were once addicts and alcoholics. We are grateful to the pastor and the administrators for helping out the communities in need.

There are hundreds of other social welfare schemes by the Catholic Churches all over the world. So, the faith of millions is still alive.

Spirituality for Life

Spirituality from the concept of Jesus is something which is pure and innocent like a child. It can transform many lives all over the world into more purposeful and meaningful goals.

Conclusion

 My faith in the resurrection Catholic has been constant and pure. I hope the believers out there can relate to me.

Why the Catholic Church is Relevant to Me Today

How many times in a day do you pray to your higher power? How many times have you read the Bible in your life so far? What are the key points from the Old and New Testament you remember today? How many of the principles related to charity, forgiveness, and love for everyone govern your life today?

These were only some of the questions I faced, when I went for the opening of a new Catholic church in my neighborhood. It was last Sunday morning at 9:00. I had my coffee and went to the program. I am not an atheist, because I believe in my higher power. I am also not a conservative Catholic, because I go to the church only for praying. I read the Bible for the first time when I was 16.

My father insisted I should attend the readings every Sunday afternoon. I did go for about a year. Then I had a feeling that I had understood everything. From that day I stopped going to the readings.

Changes in My Life

I started working in an n Information Technology Company after my masters. The meaning of life drastically changed since then. L-I-F-E for me meant Work, Wine, and nothing more. Stress started getting to my nerves and brain. I worked hard, drank harder, and loved dating. After a few years, I even stopped going to the Church.

I never realized these changes were negative. I started making fun of those spiritual; guys and gals who went to Church and stayed sober. My lifestyle lasted for about 10 years before I realized something horrible. I had become a full blown alcoholic.

I resigned my job and started working as a freelancer. It was not because of inconvenience. The truth was I didn’t want to accept another human as my boss. I wanted more free-time to drink and a flexible working schedule.

Bankruptcy in Life

Financial bankruptcy came much later. Moral, Spiritual, and self respect were the first things that I threw out of the window. I had become a self-centered man who wanted to have nothing with my community and spiritual life. Finally, my house and cars went for the mortgage. I shifted my residence to a cheap Motel at the countryside. Luckily I had remained a bachelor. That saved another human from going through hell with me.

Revival of Life

Being penniless, I decided to go to the Church, hoping to get some food and wine. There I met the chief Baptist, who took me to his home. He gave me new clothes, lots of food and of course the wine. He spoke nothing for the next two weeks until my health recovered. One fine Sunday he took me to the Bible reading session. I listed to every word and sentence they read. The revival of my life started at last.

Today’s Life

I am happy and satisfied in my life today. By the grace of higher power, I am married and have a cute baby boy. I hope I have delivered the message of the Catholic Church’s relevance today. Many former atheists like me may feel connected to my brief life story.