Eric’s Witness

This is Eric. Eric is 18 years old and is from Pennsylvania. I had the opportunity to sit down with him this past week and ask him some questions about himself, and how God has worked in his life. We sat down in one of my University’s household rooms with a few friends and were able to talk.

God can work in your life. Here is how God works in other people’s lives:

All Glory to God.

What was your faith life like growing up?:

“I was a cradle Catholic so it really wasn’t that strong. I really just went to Sunday Mass because my parents told me to we would pray before meals, and my prayer life was pretty much if I needed something I would say a couple of words and pray that God heard, pray that there’s a dude out there that would hear it. That was about the depth of my spirituality growing up.”

Was there a time that you chose your faith?:

“Yes. My junior year, we went on a retreat called ‘Kairos’. That was really the first time I was exposed to God’s love. Like in a real and genuine way. It was the first time I authentically chose Catholicism for myself.”

Who is God to you?:

“God is my Father. Like in a legit way. I’ve had a really great relationship with my dad, even though everyone has their faults, we all understand that. So I see God as a loving, disciplining, but also nurturing Father. That is how I picture God, how I relate to Him.”

How has God worked in your life?:

“That’s an interesting question because, the easy answer is that He has done everything for me. But I think He has definitely kept me on the right track in my life. There are multiple times where I was surrounding myself with the wrong people, or falling into sin, or just getting ready to change my life path. but He has put different people in my path that have kept me on track, so He has really just kept me alive and kept me going.”

Who is your favorite Saint, and why?:

“Definitely has be St. Thomas Aquinas. He is my Confirmation saint. Adam (a mutual friend, who happens to be Eric’s roommate) will tell you this. I love Aquinas because I love the way he writes about the faith. I’m a very intellectual person, I love to rationalize things. So to have him clarify a lot of the things that we believe, I absolutely love it. Also, I love the the way he practiced humility and his prayer life was phenomenal. Ugh, Aquinas, such a good guy.”

Favorite person from the bible, not Jesus. And why?:

“Oooh, that’s rough. I really really love Peter. Peter is my boy, because I love the way I can so relate to him. He is so relatable because he defines our spiritual journey. In one bible passage God is giving him the keys to the heaven, and I think in the same chapter Jesus is telling Satan to get behind him. So Peter goes back and forth with spiritual highs and spiritual lows. Like, he literally denies Jesus three times, and then is made the Pope, the first Pope. He is the person who during Pentecost went out and had to tell people that he wasn’t drunk, but that he was speaking the truth. And the way that he spoke with boldness, Peter is awesome.

What are ways that you live out your faith daily?:

“To start, I think just prayer life. Something I fail at a lot, but I really want to try to reach out to people, and be as kind and understanding to them as I can. And also, when I am around people who are struggling in the faith, I really try to make it a point how amazing the faith is.”

Is there something you wish everyone knew about God?:

“Yeah, I think the most important things is that there is no sin that He is unwilling to forgive. I think a lot of us, including myself for a long time, told myself that He couldn’t forgive me, and I was struggling with that. Also, to just be vulnerable with God. You can be vulnerable with God.  He will accept you at any state of your life and He will push you to that final end goal.

Can you close us out in prayer:
“Heavenly Father, I thank you for the blessings you have bestowed on us today. I ask that this interview touches anyone who reads it. I ask that you work in marvelous ways through, Dani, Emily, Adam, and I. I ask that you bless us as we go forth, and let us always imitate you. Help us to be like you. Mary, come down and bring us to the foot of the cross, help us to see Jesus the way He truly is, the way He wants us to see. We ask for your intercession as we pray:
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen.
Saint Peter, pray for us.

Eric’s Favorite Verse: 1 John 4:19
Song Stuck in my Head: Hills and Valleys – Tauren Wells

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