"A clean heart create for him, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit." Psalm 51:12
Renewal of Faith
Welcome to Renewal of Faith.org. This is not a site designed to convert you. I started this web page to share my faith journey with others. I believe this is important to help others find their own faith. My own journey is not the "typical story" of the past but it is beginning a more common story today. I was baptized into the Catholic Church as an infant, received First Communion, Penance, and Confirmation. After Confirmation, I did not attend Church for sixteen years. There was NEVER a time where I did not believe in God.
As an adult, I found something was missing in my life and began searching. I found what I was looking for at Church. God renewed my faith. And it happened in a rapid transformation. After sixteen years of not going to church, my return immediately led me to going every week. Church seemed to mean more now. After six months, I started volunteering at my parish (Schuyler Catholic Community). The more I did at church, the more I enjoyed it.
Through this God called me to be a priest and I entered seminary in 2000. Through the education, formation, and ministerial experience as a seminarian, I have continued to grow in my relationship with Jesus, being ever renewed in my faith. A Renewal of Faith is not simply a sudden and significant increase in faith. It may include a sudden change but a Renewal of Faith is something we experience throughout our lives. It is not a singular event but an ongoing part of our spiritual lives.
Perhaps one way to think of it is as maintenance or mission. We can choose simply to maintain our level of faith or we can seek to learn more and to put new effort into our faith. What does this do for us? Let us use an analogy of a car. We drive a car and we must have maintenance done on it from time to time to keep it running. But if all we do is basic maintenance, the car will deteriorate over time till eventually it no longer runs and cannot be fixed. If we take that same car and don't just do the basic maintenance but put some real effort into taking care of it, it will last us a much longer time. Likewise, if all we do in our faith is attend church most Sundays and perhaps Christmas, we do indeed have some faith and perhaps can find God in the big moments. But if we put effort into our faith lives, then we find God in the little things and the everyday things. From this, our faith is continually renewed.
"His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.'" Matthew 25:21