For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 8:38-39
I was a regular Sunday mass Catholic who used to pray daily, simply because I was told to do so. I didn’t really experience the love of God in my prayer time or for that matter at any time in my life. I used to worry a lot and get depressed on and off. I was an introvert and didn’t really like to interact with people. I had a pessimistic view towards life and believed that nothing good ever happened to me.
I joined the community of CFCI-Singles Porvorim chapter around two and a half years ago and the journey ever since has been simply amazing. As I began attending the sessions of the Christian Life Seminar (CLS), my entire outlook towards life began to change, slowly but surely.
I started reading the Word of God regularly and this strengthened me and made me bold. I was now able to interact with my brothers and sisters within the community as well as friends outside it. I was greatly touched by the following quote from the book of Joshua:
“I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
I learnt to praise God daily for all the blessings he showered on me and was able to focus more on the positives rather than the negatives in my life. I could now openly share during the group discussions in my household. Listening to others share helped me realise how blessed I was as a child of God. My prayer time has become much more meaningful now. I am able to pray the daily rosary and the Word of God has become an integral part of my life. The sacrament of confession and the Holy Eucharist have played a pivotal role in helping me grow as a Catholic.
The Lord has blessed me in more ways than I could ever imagine during my time in this community. I got promoted in my job; something that I never thought could ever happen. I began winning numerous prizes in various competitions as well. The Lord began fulfilling so many of my unaccomplished dreams and making up for all the years I lost out on, simply because I was too afraid to step out. As prophet Joel writes,
“I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten.” (Joel 2:25)
I can now safely say that
the Lord loves me with an everlasting love and will continue His faithfulness towards me. (Jeremiah 31:3)