What I like about being Catholic – By 2017 Eagle of the Cross Recipients
(Tweeted by the OY&YAM April 21 – June 7. To fit into the 140 character limit of Twitter, modest editing occurred with some entries)
During the Easter season, the OY&YAM shares what Eagle of the Cross recipients like about being Catholic. What do YOU like about our faith?
I like being Catholic as it is something we do as a family. (AJB, senior)
As a Catholic, I like the service opportunities provided through our diocese & the reassurance that God is with us every day~ (OC, 12th)
My faith strengthens me as a (Catholic) person! (RD, 12th grade)
The Catholic Church is like a home away form home; It's a fulfilling place with hope, love and faith (RE, 11th grade)
Everyday, I am given the opportunity (as a Catholic) to help others and share God with them (JF, 12th grade)
I like being part of a very large, centuries old, worldwide organization that is also a tight-knit community at the parish level (NES, 12th)
What I like about being Catholic is that there is always a choice to further your relationship with God (CAG, 11th grade)
I like being Catholic as I like receiving the body and blood (of Jesus) every Mass and I enjoy the fellowship in the Church (CJ, 12th grade)
What I like about being Catholic is being involved in the Church and having the opportunities to inspire people to turn to Christ (CK, 12th)
Going to Church is like being part of a community &/or family. You don't have to try to fit in; everyone accepts you & loves you (AM, 11th)
I like being Catholic as it gives me something to believe in and relate to (KMN, 11th grade)
I enjoy being part of a community & like that my Catholic faith provides a foundation upon which I can base all areas of my life (EEP, 12th)
I like being Catholic because of the love and acceptance (DJP, 12th grade)
What I like most about being Catholic us that we are all together in Jesus, the power of music, and prayer (MR, 12th grade)
As a Catholic, I receive grace from God through the Mass and the sacraments, especially the Eucharist (PRR, 12th grade)
I love being Catholic b/c of the Church's infallible teachings of truth, the graces of the sacraments... continues...(TR, 12th)
I love being Catholic b/c(continued)...the community & my relationship w/ God so that I might become a saint (TR, 12th grade)
I like being Catholic because it is the ultimate truth and stands up against the challenges of the modern world (CAR, 12th grade)
The best part about being Catholic is being part of the Church community & feeling united with Catholics all over the world (MAR, 12th)
I love the strong sense of community of the youth group; it could be your 1st or 100th time & they'll treat you like an old friend ~WJT3, 12
I like being Catholic because of the sense of community and knowing I am loved (EAM, 11th grade)
I like being Catholic because I love being able to experience and receive the Eucharist every week (KR, 12th grade)
I like being Catholic b/c it is a faith with great tradition & a dynamic faith which changes. It brings me closer to God & I love it! (FVS)
The Catholic Faith is the Truth; the Bible is the foundation of our faith. The sacraments & liturgy prove that God does exist & He became unified with us in His son Jesus Christ & the same God loves me & sees through my actions & is a forgiving entity! (DAT, 12th grade)
Which of these teens responses did you most appreciate?
How do YOU answer the question?
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.