Brian Conlisk ’16
During the course of a person’s life, he or she has the unique opportunity of free will. This means that a person gets to choose what he or she would like to do. One choice people make is to make time to give thanks to God for all of his blessings he has bestowed on him or her or simply to forget about God. While I do spend some time in prayer each week, I do not pray and give thanks to the Lord as much as I should. In my own life, I need to find a way to make more time for the Lord.
One way I can make more time for God in my heart is by praying every night before I go to bed. This is a very simple way to complete the task of making room for God in my life. All I need to do is say a simple “Our Father” or “Hail Mary” before I go to bed. In addition, I can pray a prayer of thanksgiving that simply thanks God for all the wonderful gifts, talents, and blessings God has given me. By doing this every day, I can grow closer in my relationship with God. I can get more comfortable talking to God, and I can take my problems and concerns to God. By talking to God often, I hope that I can see him as a friend that I can open up to and talk to about anything.
Brendan Godsel ’16
My mother was always the person in my life that helped me keep my faith. In grade school, I was the typical kid that never wanted to go to church, and I’d always complain when my mom would shag me out of bed for 9:30 mass. She’s been supportive and encouraging through every religious milestone I’ve reached. She’s the reason I’m baptized, and she was there for me during reconciliation, my first communion, and confirmation. My mom was especially helpful prior to my confirmation. We were supposed to go to church every Sunday before the ceremony, and I usually needed that extra push from my mom to get to church.
My mother would always tell me about the endless love God had for me. She personified that infinite love, and she gave me an extremely positive outlook of my Catholic faith. Recently, I’ve felt closer to my faith than ever, and I cannot thank my Mom enough for that. She is the foundation of my religion, and without her I don’t think my faith would have lasted this long. My mom no longer forces me into faith; rather, I willingly participate in my beliefs. My mother prepared the way the of the Lord for me, and, even though I’ve strayed from the path here or there, I’m glad I’m back on the path today.
Joey Preusser ’16
I think there’s a lot of ways I can be closer to god. Like simply praying or going to church more. Another thing I want to do is help others become closer because it’s never too late to have a relationship with god.
I feel like that anyone that has a little religious background should try and get closer with the lord. Because it’s only going to benefit you in the long run, and make you a better person. That’s why this year I will try my best to push myself closer to the lord and help other people with their problems.
Luke Healy ’16
As the new year settles in, now is the perfect time to make some resolutions. The new year offers a fresh start on things that we wish we could have done as well as perfect things that we have already done. One resolution that I have made this year is to make more room for God in my life. Years prior, I have acknowledged God, but have not truly let him into my life the way he intends. I have not fully committed my life to serving God, and I wish to slowly get better at living the way God intends me to. This will obviously take a long time to perfect, but a little improvement each day on letting God guide my life will allow for a better, happier life.
Things I can do to let God into my life is to pray more. Prayer is essential to living a life in harmony with God. Prayer is special because it allows one to communicate directly with God himself. Through prayer, I can ask God for help, for guidance, as well as praise God for the good he has already done in my life. Another way I can let God into my life is to approach situations with a Christian mindset. I will try to serve the poor more often, spend more time serving my community rather than playing video games. Letting God into my life means acting the way that is expected of a follower of Jesus. Instead of making fun of another person, I will try to love them. Instead of getting angry or jealous of someone, I will try to understand and accept them. Letting God into my life will be hard, and I probably will fail at times, but I will make a conscious effort to let God into my life.
Sean Roberts ’16
True christians put God first. That is a very simple statement, yet arguably one of the hardest things to do in life. Often times I find myself thinking about the social or worldly circumstances or consequences of a situation and completely forget to listen to what God wants. This is definitely an aspect of my life that I recognize needs room for improvement, and what better time to start than the beginning of this new year.
The main area that needs focus is to put God above all else, higher than money or other possessions. It is key to follow the path that God intends for us, because money and items will come and go, but God is the only thing in this life that remains forever constant. His journey that he has set out for me may wind or lead me to places I do not want to be, but the bottom line is to trust in his ways and always remain focused on his Love. This next year will have some pretty tough challenges, and a crucial aspect to getting through them is to follow God.
Robin Williams ’16
With my high school career coming to an end and college getting closer and closer, I have left little room for God in my heart. All the distractions of school and my social life distract me from God. To remedy this I am trying to make myself more organized. I am learning to prioritize better by putting God first in my life.
God deserves a special place in everyone’s heart. In order to make room for him we need to clear away distractions in our life. There should always be room for God in your heart. I will be sure to make room for him in my heart this year.
Collin Burger ’16
The first place that I am going to see go more in my life this year is at school. The first step in completing this process is getting involved in masses and liturgies. The base of this will start in peer ministry. I need to volunteer more. I’m starting the year by volunteering for an eighth grade retreat at St. John fisher. Then later I plan to volunteer and speak at all religious ceremonies
The second step that I am taking to put my faith closer to God is confirming my faith. I am taking a big step in February. I have decided to join the Catholic Church. This process has been made a lot simpler by the help of Father Mark, and his generosity towards students at Brother Rice. I am looking forward to growing closer to my faith.
Andrew Klimczak ’16
I believe my life reflects the presence of God because I try to live the way God intends us to live. I want to spread His word and try to be a kind person like He wants us to be. More recently, I have been focused on being brave enough to stand up for God. before, if someone would say something derogatory about Him, or his beliefs, I would stay quiet, and just let it happen. But now if I see something morally wrong going on, I stick up for the right thing, and for God and his teachings.
Also in my life, to show God’s presence, I try to be a kinder person. I want to be nicer to people, and treat them how God would want me to. I want to show others that people of God are people who care for others, through works of charity, and being generally kind to people. Being a reflection of God’s presence means showing others that God is here, working through his followers.