I have a really good friend who, in my opinion, understands what it means to be bold.
My dear friend, Nicole, is a truly remarkable young Catholic. She was raised in a Catholic household and had public schooling through college. While she was at the university, she developed a close group of Protestant friends and found great community, spiritual growth, and accountability with them. She attended church with them and remained connected to Christ throughout college. (This is not an uncommon scenario for many Southern Catholics, as they are generally in the minority in their faith throughout their life.)
Though Nicole never stopped attending Mass, she came to a realization that though her Protestant friends were great and had helped her in her faith journey, what she really needed and was desiring was close CATHOLIC friends who understood her ever deepening love for the Mass and the Sacraments.
However, she found, like many young Catholics, that our parish didn’t provide a young adult community and what was available in the diocese wasn’t exactly a fit for her. And, so she prayed for guidance from the Holy Spirit on where to find community. Read More