So, this is my first post. I'm excited to have come accross this site
I came here because well, I feel rather alone in my faith.. Cliff notes version of my story:
For about 7 years (starting at 15) I went through a very tough religious search. I ended up giving up after a while, and being labelled as 'atheist' by my friends, which was fine with me then. I'm a very spiritual person, which is why I kept exploring spirituality, but had such a huge blindfold on that I couldn't link it to God. About a year and a half ago, I met a wonderful American guy who was living here in Peru as a volunteer with the Capuchin Franciscan Corps, and he showed me a completely different perspective of God and of life. I was able to see that through all the time that I had experienced 'spirituality' what I had been feeling was God's presence
in my life. Needless to say, this guy and I are together now
(We have been for over a year!) He really changed my life and I love him more than I can say. However...finding God meant losing friends. I don't know any hardcore Catholics here, not even regular Catholics...or even religious people at all! Since the Easter Triduum last year, there was a major change in all my friendships because suddenly I just couldn't talk to my friends anymore. I feel uncomfortable with some of the things they talk about, and they just don't get the joys and struggles that come along with being a Catholic. It's been a year, but it still hurts that no one but my boyfriend, a couple of other friends who were volunteers with him here, and the priests I go to Confession with are the only ones that get me.
So, that's my story! Like I said, I'm excited to be here
I'm going to be doing my Confirmation at the end of May, and it feels wonderful to finally make my decision to be a Warrior of Christ OFFICIAL
Thanks for taking the time to read! Looking forward to getting to know all of you and of learning from and giving what I can to this community. Much love, peace and blessings to all!