The culture of our family comes from two places. There is the side that was raised in church, with modesty and morals being the main theme and living for the Lord. There is the other side that didn’t always have that theme as the front runner of their growing up, but are still nice, loving people. I belong in the side where God, church, then family is most important. I remember my grandma telling me that as a little girl while she was loading the dishwasher.
Many factors in the past have influenced my relationship with God and continue to do so daily. I first learned to be a Christian from my parents. They took me to Sunday School and “preaching” on Sunday mornings when I was young. They made sure I was involved in the youth group and children’s and youth choirs while growing up. They taught me to say a blessing before every meal, and they laugh when I still occasionally break into our traditional “God is great, God is good .
According to Dunn and Craig, the definition of a friend is a circle of people that care for one another. During my life I have had healthy friendships and bad friendships. While talking to my mother over the years and interviewing her now, she always told me that it is good to have a set of friends that will be there for me, but to not let them dictate my life. That is why, according her, she made sure that I was involved in all the activities that were held at my church, she currently continues to do so. I have noticed over the years that I have constantly moved form group to group of friends, especially after being bullied all throughout elementary school and middle school.
Church became a hobby to me, I didn’t hate going there but it was just what you did. I thought that all families were like that also, I didn’t realize till my teenage years that not everyone goes to church every Sunday morning and Wednesday night. But as I grew older and started really listening to what my friends would talk about at school, I saw that life wasn’t all about going to church and being a Christian for some people. During my seventh grade year, my church went to a youth rally at a local church on weekend. Because of this rally and the message it sent, I realized and wanted to give my life to Jesus through baptism.
They were always in church they believed in the word of God. Nurse and her family were always in church. When nurse got older she married a man that others described him as a traymaker. Her husband worked in the countryside in Topsfield, her husband was highly respected by his neighbors. Many of the town’s people called her husband to settle disputes.
Many factors influenced the way Mother Teresa lived her life. Teresa lived a childhood that was deeply rooted in faith. This faith lead her to join church groups and distribute materials to the needy at a very young age. Slowly she began her life as a nun and taught many to do the same. Her faith only grew stronger as she aged and lead her to start her own order.
My grandmother chose to talk to me about my great grandmother, her mom, Esther P. Kelly. My great grandmother always attended church and would pray constantly during the day and night. My grandma was always curious as to why her mother was always praying. All through out childhood she would just watch my great grandma pray and do other religious acts of worship. When she became an adult she was finally able to ask my great grandma why it was that she prayed so much and how it came to be.
My wife, Maria, is a Eucharistic Minister at St. Paul and regularly participates in masses and assists the Priests and Deacons. Over the years, we have volunteered as a family for many events sponsored by the Church, from fundraising events to the centennial celebration of the parish. We donate time and money to the Servants of St. Francis ministry, St. Benedict the African, t... ... middle of paper ... ... helped form the person that I am today. My wife, Maria, was raised in a Catholic home and attended Our Lady of Mercy elementary school and Good Counsel High School. We would like both of our daughters to continue to develop and grow in their faith.
I thought that meant I needed to attend church every Sunday but I has having a hard time finding a church I felt comfortable going to. My mother made me understand that I still had my own personal relationship with God. I still prayed and I still believed in the power of prayer and forgiveness. I felt extremely blessed at a young age. I did not attend college right away, I went to work.
Carol certainly is religious, as she taught Sunday School before I was born and for a short time after. She has always put her family above herself, and I can say without doubt that she would do anything for me. In a similar sense, Carol holds educatio... ... middle of paper ... ...I think that I’m not the only member of my immediate family who feels this way. We’ve undergone a very long grieving process since the loss of Pa, who was a great man with whom we were all extremely close.