As a cradle Catholic and as part of a strong Catholic family, it was always expected of me to go to confession at least two times a year. After high school graduation and moving away from home those times became few and far between until it was years since my last confession. It wasn’t until after I was married and had children that it become important to me again, but honestly, only because of the good example I wanted to set for my own children. And still that was very sporadic.
It was about 2002 when I began to feel the need and desire to study and strengthen my faith, to be more intentional about it. (I can’t explain this desire other than what St Augustine said “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”) And I thank God for that restlessness because only He knew what my future held and how I would need Him for strength. I started attending a bible study and reading more Catholic books. I was given a book written by Matthew Kelly called “Rediscover Catholicism.” That book alone has taught me so much and inspired me to be more intentional about my faith. The chapter about reconciliation really spoke to me so I returned to the sacrament and began to feel the healing and the strength of Christ.
In 2008 at the age of 20 our son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The phone call from the doctor on that fateful evening is one I will never forget….