The 2015 Eagle of the Cross Awards were asked to respond to the question: What do you like about being Catholic? The responses I received were tweeted from May 1 – June 10 and linked to Facebook, so if you are connected to the OY&YAM accounts for those, these will look familiar, but perhaps reviewing them all at once will bring you increased hope for the future of our Church!
Being a Catholic allows me to freely share my relationship with God with those around me and gives me the lessons needed to further that relationship each and every day. – Christian
I like the reverence and the outreach the Catholic Church has in the community. –Vince
I like being Catholic because it gives me a sense of belonging and purpose. It has provided opportunities for me to help people. –Kayla
I like that the Church follows traditions that have been around for so many years. -- Emily
I am blessed at each Mass by receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. This is what I like about being Catholic! -- Hannah
I like the feeling of togetherness I feel as a member of the Catholic Church. -- Katie
I like being Catholic because it shapes my character in the most positive way and always gives hope. -- Nicholas
I enjoy the opportunity to be closer to God every Sunday. -- Abigail
I enjoy learning about & sharing my faith with others -- Justin
The Church has many role models, the saints & the people in my everyday life. As St.JP II said, “Do not be afraid to be Saints!” - Rachel
I like being Catholic because all Catholic beliefs on major issues are reinforced and proven by reason and science. - Patrick
I like being Catholic because of the opportunities it has to offer, through the sacraments, and the community. - Douglas
I can go to Mass anywhere and feel as though I am part of a larger community. I love that we are called to live our faith in service to others & any moment of the day I can say a prayer knowing that He hears me. – Megan
I like being Catholic because of the unity that I feel in the sacraments and in the participation of the Mass.
I like being part of an organized Church that easily organizes its diverse and wide-reaching members to accomplish great things. – Adam
I like being Catholic because I like the idea that we are a family and we all support one another. -- Leanne
Being Catholic is my strength & (it helps me) see how God is everything
everywhere all the time. – Neal
I like being Catholic because it gives me strength and supports me throughout my whole life. -- Deanna
I love my Catholic faith b/c even when you feel alone, you have God & a community of God fearing people to support & love you. – Emily
I am able to profess my Catholic faith in many ways and I am able to become closer to God through the sacraments. -- Jonathan
Bonus for those of you still reading:
"I like being Catholic cuz Cindee is Catholic" - Justin
(Although a joke at 1st, our lives should invite others to our faith, right?! SO that would actually be a great compliment from someone. Can others see Christ through me enough to want to connect to the faith community? Whew, deep question! )
What do YOU like about being Catholic?
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.