This is Maddie. Maddie is 18 and from the state of Maine. As Maddie is usually hanging out in my dorm room, I decided to sit down and ask her about how God has worked in her life. Here is her witness:
All glory to God.
What was your faith life like growing up?:
“Well, my mom and my grandmother are extremely Catholic. So I’ve been going to church every Sunday since I was little. That was just what we did. I didn’t really come into the faith on my own until later though. I went along with what my mom did a lot.”
Was there a time that you chose your faith?:
“Yes, there was, I went to a journey retreat. They are these retreats in Maine for our youth group. They would have two or three a year, and eventually my mom had stopped making me go. So, going to my youth group nights on Sunday nights became my choice when it came to 8th grade and on into high school. I had been going for a while so obviously I made friends. But I was just interested in it, and we got a new youth minister. So I eventually chose to go. Then specifically for one retreat, I decided to go last minute. They had Eucharistic adoration for the first time, and that absolutely blew my mind. I don’t even know, I wasn’t expecting anything, I was just going because my friends were going, but that was amazing, and I am so glad I went looking back. Because I probably wouldn’t have chosen to keep going to youth group afterwards. We didn’t do Eucharistic adoration during youth group, and having it on the retreat made it really special. Life changing.”
Who is God to you?:
“Who? Okay, so this is new for me. Because two weeks ago during Tuesday night praise and worship, we were singing Good Good Father, and that was a trigger. I had this epiphany. When I pray, I always address Jesus or Lord, but I’m realizing that there’s Jesus. But there’s also a Father. And that’s so deep inside me, because it is something I have lacked in the past, but coming to that realization that God is my Father is mind blowing. God is now my Father figure. I have my step dad and my real dad, both are great. But the one I can trust with EVERYTHING is God my Father.”
How has God worked in your life?:
” Oh goodness. In so many ways. I am so thankful for my grandmother. Like He gave me my grandmother specifically because she is such a holy women. She is so prominent in my life, when I am home I see her two or three times a week. So she was there for a lot. She would hear me complain, or talk about what I am struggling through, and every single time I would bring something up like that she would go, ‘oh come here, come here’, and we would sit and pray. And that has impacted me so much because now if I have problems, I immediately go and pray, and it’s because of her. God definitely blessed me with her in my life.”
Favorite Saint, Why?:
“This is tough, because I didn’t choose my confirmation saint. My parish didn’t do that. So honestly I feel like I don’t even know a lot about each saint. I know Saint Teresa of Calcutta, obviously she’s a huge one. And her love for children I really resonate with because I just delight in spending time with kids. So I guess, on some superficial level I resonate with her.”
Favorite person from the bible, not Jesus. And why?:
“Can we choose Mary? Yeah, Mary is someone I am opening up to a lot, especially recently. Last year I started praying the rosary in the car on the way to school, and I realized I can have such a strong relationship with her that can lead me to Jesus. That is so eye opening. I always try to put myself in her shoes and get into her mindset. Because what she went through was so ridiculous and her faith and trust in God was so perfect. That is something to look up to and strive for.”
What are ways that you live out your faith daily?:
“Okay, well I try to make it to maybe three of the weekly masses. Other than that, in times when I am struggling or complaining, I try to take a step back and say a quick prayer. I ask God to intervene and I give my doubts and worries and everything to Him and clear my slate. I really enjoy going to the chapel at night, especially my hour of adoration on Thursday mornings. It is really peaceful and a good time to talk to the Lord. I try to make my prayers before meals meaningful. I don’t like to “poo-poo” it and do it really quickly.
Is there something you wish everyone knew about God?:
*Maddie lights up with excitement.*
“Okay I am preaching to everyone at my high school right now. Especially my best friends, oh my gosh there is so much I can say.
He meets you where you are. Done. You are fine where you are. There’s a song that goes, “one step away from surrender, one step away from coming home.” I forget how it goes or what it is called. But it is all about, you are one step away from Jesus, like no matter where you are right now. You are facing one way, looking out, thinking he is off in the distance. But in reality He is right behind you and all you need to do is turn around and accept the embrace. He will meet you right where you are and you are never too far gone. You’re not too broken.
Yeah. I just got so heated about that.”
Close in prayer?:
Lord, I thank you for this day. We give you all the glory as we say:
All glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Song stuck in my head: 500 Miles – The proclaimers
Your favorite verse?: “Your kindness is a greater goodness than life; my lips shall glorify you.” Psalm 63:4