For the first 22 years of my life, I had a very strong Catholic Christian community surrounding me.
I went to Catholic schools for elementary, middle, and high school and Texas A&M (which has one of the largest Catholic populations in the country) for college.
I never had to seek a community out because I was already immersed in one. However, when I moved to California, that was not the case. I had to find a Catholic community and, thank goodness, I did. I am so happy that I was able to find a small, but active community of Catholic people that I bonded with so quickly.
They’ve taught me so much, and I can’t thank them enough! When I moved back to Houston for the summer, I googled young adult groups in Houston and found this event called Cafe Catholica. I signed up and expected it to be, max, 50 people.
Boy, was I surprised! When I arrived at the event, there were at least 1200 people there. The church was packed, and there was standing room only. It was amazing that there were so many Catholics there, but I was very overwhelmed.
They had confession, mass, dinner, a talk, and a social event afterward. The first talk was titled, “How to Pray, What to Say, and When to Shut Up” and given by Mike Gormley. It was SO GOOD.
One of the points that I remember the most was Mike saying, “Are you praying for God to give you something that you think will make you happy or are you praying for God to be your happiness?”. This statement resonated with me so much because I feel so often that I asked God for things that I think will make me happy instead of finding my happiness in Him.
This is something that I’ve brought to mind recently and started praying about.
If our happiness is grounded in anything else but God, then our joy is on shaky ground. Things come and go, and if our happiness depends on those things, it will be gone as soon as they are. If I place my delight in being wealthy, then if my wealth ever disappears, so will my happiness.
The one thing that will never leave us is God and placing our happiness in Him is the only way we will ever truly be happy for all of eternity. Bishop Barron once talked about not riding on the edge of the wheel of life and moving with the highs and lows but being at the center where Christ is. If we are at the center with Him, we will not become, overly proud, discouraged, or despondent with the triumphs and troubles of our life.
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