By: Michele - Poughkeepsie, NY
I have felt an emptiness over the past several years—a void. This void made me feel guilty because I have a wonderful life. I have a loving family, husband, kids, support system, home... the list could go on and on. I know how blessed I am, but something always felt "not right."
I wanted to feel like I was making a difference and that my church was a family. I started thinking about leaving the Catholic Church to find what I was looking for... something to fill me. We tried a couple of parishes before settling into St. Martin de Porres. The church community felt welcoming, but I still felt unfulfilled to some extent.
Then a flyer came home from my child's religious education class. It was for Discovering Christ. I jumped at the chance to go on this journey! The course was during my child's religious education class time, so there was no excuse not to try it.
Discovering Christ changed my life. I feel myself developing a personal relationship with Jesus on a deeper level than I had before. I have learned so much about my faith, Jesus, and praying. I know I still have a long way to go, but I feel the void disappearing. I am reading scripture! Wow! I have finally felt Jesus speaking to me and guiding me through these passages. It is simply amazing. I feel calmer, which is a feat in itself since I am completely a Type A personality. I have made wonderful friends through this program, too. The community is filled with loving and caring support.
Going through Discovering Christ was one of the best decisions I ever made.