Featuring our newest series – Living the Faith. This series is a collection of stories of faith from the youth of the Archdiocese of Perth.
“Recently, I attended a retreat with my youth group and I had truly learnt the true meaning of God’s love. Although I was reluctant to go, I ended up going home with the presence of God back in my life. It was a weird feeling since I had not felt that in a long time, and yet it was comforting and familiar.
Being raised in a Catholic household, my parents would take us to church every week. We also prayed the Rosary as a family every first Sunday of the month and every night before we went to bed. So you could say that God was quite present in my family.
But when I started high school, things at home got pretty hard. And the presence of God started to dwindle and fade. I remember crying many nights and looking to God saying “I can’t do this anymore”. I was angry at God, for making me the way I am.
I couldn’t understand why I was so sensitive and emotional and my family wasn’t. I constantly felt alone, and everyone who ever said they would be there for me always ended up leaving.
It wasn’t until after I graduated that I met this incredible woman, who still to this day has kept her word, and has always been there for me. God sent this woman to me when I had lost faith in Him and in myself.
Every day I grow and learn more about myself. I see and experience God’s love through different aspects of my life. And even though all the heartaches and loneliness, He knew what he was doing. He was just waiting for the right time to reveal His love.”
written by Samantha Samuels