Featuring our newest series – Living the Faith. This series is a collection of stories of faith from the youth of the Archdiocese of Perth.
My name is Shernei and I am sixteen years old, from Perth WA.
Before I attended ACYF, it was becoming increasingly difficult to be proud of my religion because there was so much I disagreed with and it was easier to adopt the mentality of secular society, but as I grew older, and more capable of forming my own opinions about certain principles, I started to almost ‘divide’ myself in two. With one side of me living under the influence of Catholicism, and the other living under the influence of secular society.
I slowly realised that the ideals of secular society seemed to offer me more freedom, and allowed me to fit in more with my peers, which was very important to me. This mindset ultimately distanced me from my faith.
I went into ACYF with the hope that it would somehow push me into reconnecting with my faith. I was also told that around five to six thousand young people from all over Australia would come to the festival. At first, I didn’t think much of this; only to discover that the number of people present was what had the greatest effect on me. Throughout the three days, I found myself in awe of how many people there were, and that majority of them were willing to fly across the country to take part in a religious festival, putting so much effort into developing their faith.
Through interacting with those people, I realised that even though I would often believe that I was alone through my struggles of balancing my religion and my everyday life, there were many others just like me searching for more.
With the knowledge that I share my faith and perhaps my struggles with every single person who attended that festival, I feel more happiness in being part of the Catholic culture which so many others just like me are a part of.
Moving forward, I wish to continue to close the gap between my religion and the other aspects of my life and focus more on the abundance of what Catholicism offers, rather than its difficulties.
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