An explanation of how God has worked in the life of those recently initiated into the Catholic Faith at All Saints.
Desde el comienzo de estas clases me interesé bastante porque este conocimiento lo es todo para mí, el conocimiento de Dios. Es en mi vida muy interesante porque a través de la palabra de Dios para mi es como cuando me voy a tomar mi vitamina, me ayuda a seguir adelante mirando las cosas de una manera diferente positiva, cuanto más escucho hablar de la palabra de Dios más quiero saber. Este conocimiento es tan importante que es por eso que yo estoy aquí, me ha ayudado a crecer espiritualmente. Le comento al Señor Javier mi catequista que quisiera seguir adelante. Estoy muy contenta aunque el grupo es pequeño, eso no importa. Estoy muy agradecida con todos.
When I began this formation for Confirmation, I realized that the knowledge of God is very important to me. Learning the word of God is like taking your vitamins and helps me to keep a positive outlook. The knowledge of God is so interesting, and this has helped me to grow spiritually. Although our group is small, it does not matter. I am grateful to my catechist Javier and to everyone.
My mother is a cradle Catholic but my father did not practice religion. I was raised knowing about God and his love from my mother but without a church or any sense of community. During graduate school, I attended Mass with my best friend. I loved the history and traditions. I was drawn to God’s grace. After graduate school, I met my fiancé who is a practicing Catholic. It was at this time in my life that I began to feel that these connections were not mere coincidence but God nudging me in the right direction. I have spent the last months in RCIA growing spiritually which has strengthened my faith and love for God. I can't wait to continue learning, praying, and finding ways to serve.
I was born and raised in an areligious family. My parents are practitioners of Falun Gong (Falun Dafa), a spiritual practice originating from China, but I was too restless as a child to practice it. However, I was always fascinated by Christianity and joined a church choir at a United Methodist Church at the beginning of my high school years. I didn’t attend church to foster my relationship with Jesus, rather I attended solely to hang out with friends and sing in the choir. Sure enough, I quit the church and became an atheist, detesting the church and Christianity during my high school years. When I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012, I began to question my militant atheism, and found myself rekindling my relationship to Jesus and God. Over the next five years I tried going to various protestant churches, but none drew me in. Roughly six months ago, I asked my friend (now sponsor) Adam Carr about the Catholic Church and began attending Mass and RCIA. My time at All Saints made me open my eyes and realize the Holy Trinity has been guiding me my whole life. Faith and prayer have become a normal part of my daily life, and I am excited to contribute my life and talents to the Catholic Church, the Holy Spirit, Jesus, and God.
As a young girl, I knew and loved Jesus and was baptized in the Baptist Church in Arkansas. I found myself continually having some emptiness inside, despite regularly attending Sunday and Wednesday services with my fellow Church members. Then God started to draw me nearer to Himself to fill this hunger. Once in Dallas, I began to attend Sunday Mass at All Saints. Through my being present with the All Saints community, different parishioners reached out and introduced themselves to me. God brought me home to the Church through multiple encounters and experiences. Praying the Rosary and learning more about my heavenly Mother Mary has deepened my faith. The peace I had been longing for, I have found; sitting before Jesus in the tabernacle in the Eucharistic Chapel. This journey has filled my hunger and brought me to All Saints.
I grew up attending Protestant churches. I always believed in God, and considered myself a Christian while growing up, but I realized how considering yourself a Christian, and actually being a Christian were completely different things. It wasn’t until later in life I started to seek a relationship with God, so I started to attend a non-denominational mega church, so that I could blend in without being noticed, but I could tell something didn’t feel right.
It was at this time that God started to place people in my life to lead me to a more fruitful relationship with Him, and, also, to notice those already in my life that were living as beacons of the Catholic faith. It was through my relationship with my fiancé that I started to attend Mass at All Saints. Over the course of roughly a year, my desire to be a part of the Catholic faith continued to grow, which lead me to RCIA. Now I find myself surrounded by Christ-centered Catholics strong in their faith. It is by God’s grace that these people are in my life, leading me to the Catholic Church, and a personal relationship with Him filled with faith and prayer.
Fui bautizada de niña, pero mis padres no me acercaron a la iglesia para completar el resto de mis sacramentos, y no recibí ninguna formación religiosa. Yo estaba muy alejada de Dios, pero un día, mi amiga me animó a que tomara las clases de RCIA, y honestamente, yo me resistía un poco. Me sentía incómoda las primeras veces que fui, me sentía muy rara, pero poco a poco me fue gustando, y fui poco a poco aprendiendo sobre Dios en la iglesia católica. Y ahora me siento muy feliz porque voy a recibir los sacramentos le agradezco a Dios por su paciencia conmigo y su gran amor. Sé que de hoy en adelante mi vida va a cambiar para bien. Tratare de estar siempre en gracia de Dios y ser mejor cristiana.
I was baptized Catholic, but wasn’t raised with any formal religious education, and I grew up far away from the Church. A friend invited me to attend the RCIA sessions, and honestly, I was very hesitant and uncomfortable at first. Slowly, I started to understand more about the word of God and our faith. Now, I am very happy to be part of it because I will receive the sacraments, and I thank God for His presence and His great love for me. I know that my life is going to change for the better.