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WHENIMAKE any kind of new
discovery, I struggle to keep it
to myself. If I find a cake recipe
that looks amazing, I’ll make the cake,
take it somewhere for lots of people to
try, take photos of it, post them on Tumblr
and Facebook, judge its success on the
reactions of my taste testers and either
add it to my collection of go-to recipes, or
write it off as an interesting experiment. If
I find an interesting website my colleagues
could maybe one day find useful, I’ll email
ever yone the link, along with a detailed
description of how I think they could use it.
I’m the same with restaurants, magazines,
songs, shops and crocheting; the people
around me don’t usually have to guess
what I like. I’m good at sharing.
This tendency to share has had a huge
impact on my faith. From a very young
age, I knew that going to church wasn’t
just about sitting quietly and listening, it
was about being a part of a community.
As I moved through school, I was not shy
about being a practising Catholic. In Year
11 I joined Antioch, a Catholic youth group
which met weekly to pray, talk, sing, eat,
laugh, cr y and share together. Antioch
was a major part of my life for the next six
years, until it was time for me to move on.
I would still tell anyone who would listen
about my faith, but I missed talking in
detail about my experiences of God and
how they shaped my life.
In the last six months, I’ve been presented
with the opportunity once more to share
my faith in the deep and meaningful way I
have missed. Toward the end of last year,
I was asked to sponsor a young woman
called Bromwyn who was beginning the
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
program and moving toward becoming a
Catholic on Easter Sunday. Through this
process, I have shared the journeys of six
wonderful people who wanted to join the
Catholic community, their sponsors and
the RCIA Team — the people who organise
and guide the process, and share their
knowledge, wisdom and faith. While I was
there to support Bromwyn, seeing her
faith deepen each week and sharing the
experience of different sacraments with
her has had such an impact on my faith.
I was also invited to par ticipate in a
Lenten sharing program led by Fr Brian
Mascord, jokingly nicknamed Junior Clergy
League, as he is Vocations Director for the
diocese. Each week, we shared a meal,
reflected on the gospel, discussed how
it related to us and committed to some
small action for the following week. This
series of discussions connected me to the
journey Jesus made in the weeks before
his crucifixion, and helped me find things
in my life that I needed to let die, so I can
star t afresh with new life.
And I’m still blogging away over on
Tumblr - another example of my wanting
everyone to see the things I see; to be
a part of the beauty I find. All this sharing
makes me quite reflective, seeking
solitude so I can hear God’s voice along
with everyone else’s, and I think you can
see this in my daily pictures. Only two
people officially follow my blog, and I
sometimes feel lonely in the blogosphere,
so please drop by if you haven’t already.
You may like to visit Anna's blog at
star t afresh
By ANNA HUMPHRIES
FAITH IN EVERY STUDENT
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