Reflection Paper

The clock reads 5:15 p.m. as I walk out the Ruston residence hall doors. I head towards the David L. Rice library, which is about a ten-minute walk from my dorm. As the sliding doors open, the strong aroma of coffee fills the air. I walk past the line at Starbucks and descend down the first flight of stairs. I turn left down the second hallway and enter room 0021. The pale, cream walls and clean whiteboard make the room appear brighter than it really is. Lovely, smiling faces welcome me as I sit down at the desk closest to the door. The clock now reads 5:30 p.m. It’s time to rebuild my faith and connect on a personal level with my fellow small group members. The belief and worship of some authority figure is the act of practicing a religion.…show more content…
Since I was born and raised in a large, Catholic family, religion has always been a priority in my life. I can truly say my religion has shaped me into the person I am today. I was baptized when I was three months old and had first communion at the age of six years old. Baptism signifies purification and regeneration and represents the initial admission into the Catholic community. First communion refers to the act of receiving Eucharist for the first time. In the Church, the Eucharist represents the body and blood of Jesus Christ when he was crucified under Pontius Pilate. By receiving communion, one is simply united with Christ. Catholics believe the human body needs this nourishment to grow and mature. At the age of fifteen, I was confirmed into the Roman Catholic Church. Confirmation is the act of affirming your decision to be an active member of the Church. It’s the final step of the initiation process, preceded by baptism and first communion. It was a significant milestone in my life because it was my first decision as an adult of the Catholic community. I was in charge of choosing whether or not I wanted to continue my faith – not my parents, not my friends, but my decision. The Roman Catholic Church has a traditional way of living. People of other religions tend to say the Catholic Church is strict due to the intensity of our beliefs. For example, the Church does not believe in divorce; therefore, when one…show more content…
Praying is a voluntary response to praise the Lord. Casual prayer takes place when one thanks God for all the blessings He has placed in one’s life. One can also request for Him to care for specific individuals, such as the sick and elderly. Recited prayer is when a prayer comes directly from Scripture within the Bible. Examples of recited prayers included the Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Apostle’s Creed. Following the opening prayer, we discuss the highs and lows of our past week. At this time, I learn the most about my fellow small group members because personal stories and experiences are shared. The leader of my group, Rachael Davis, does an excellent job of making sure everyone has an equal opportunity to speak and become involved. “It’s important to get to know everyone. Not only on a personal level, but as a whole,” explained Davis. Not only does Rachael want us to grow religiously, but she wants us to build long-lasting relationships with one another. By having a united small group, we easily accomplish the goals we set for ourselves because we all have similar expectations. Our goal is to connect religion into everyday life and incorporate it to the world around us. By finding the Lord’s presence in our surroundings, we connect spiritually. This allows us to gain strength and function as an independent group within the Catholic

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