Hi! I've been a member of SparkPeople since the beginning of this year. If you'd like to know more about me, and my reasons for being here, you can check out my SparkPage! :)
I've been Catholic all my life, though I was raised between the Roman Rite and the Ukrainian Rite. It's given me an interesting perspective on the church, I think, and it's enhanced my faith immeasurably. I've been a practicing Roman Catholic all my adult life.
I have always been an active participant in the church, and with respect to maturing in my faith. I went to a Catholic college and took several Religious Studies classes, though they were not part of my program. I have participated in the RCIA program, first as a less-informed-than-I-wanted-to-be participant, and then several times as a sponsor. I have been through the diocesan Lay Ministry Formation program. I have co-facilitated groups in Marriage Preparation. I have been or currently am actively involved in all aspects of liturgy and ministry in my parish.
Currently my husband and I are participants in the Familia program, an apostolate of Regnum Christie, which is designed to support and encourage mothers and fathers of young families (our daughter is 3). We study those encyclicals of Pope John Paul II which are focused on marriage and family life.
The 'Catechism of the Catholic Church' and the Bible are among the most read books in our house. They are followed closely by anything written by C.S. Lewis and Max Lucado.
I am a voracious reader, and this past year I have focused exclusively on Christian fiction. This has enhanced and inspired my faith in ways I could have never imagined.
I'm looking forward to getting to know people here, and to adding a celebration of my faith into my daily experience here at SparkPeople. I'm here at this computer a lot it seems.... LOL!
I pray your Lenten season is blessing your life profoundly. May God abundantly bless you, and those you love, in every way that you require. May he hold you gently in the palm of his hand in a very personal way, and may you rest in the fullness of his love, his grace, his strength, his wisdom, his rescue, his redemption, his healing, his inspiration, his restoration and his mercy as you require it! May you carry in your heart always an extra special awareness of God's great love for you; and as you wander in the desert with our Lord and Savior, may you feel his sweet and gentle touch upon your life, and may you see his miracles all around you. May this time with him quench your thirst in ways you couldn't even dream. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!
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