Discovering Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body helped me fall in love with the truth like never before!
Like many young adults, my reversion infused me with excitement and joy! I couldn’t wait to meet other young people who shared my values. There were other young people that were not afraid to speak up about the sanctity of human life and the like? Let’s go!
Yet, sometimes it seemed my contemporaries were so far ahead of me. “You don’t know Jackie Francois?! Chris Stefanick?!” (GASP)
I remember talking to a friend about the struggles and temptations we face on a daily basis and as he looked around at the other people in our young adult group. He said, ‘These people are so good’. As if to say he wasn’t, he didn’t quite measure up.
We should never feel like this, but as always, it’s easy to struggle with memories of past sins, guilt, and of course, doubt. “If these people knew my past…my present…I am not good enough… ”.
The truth is, we’re not! We are human and imperfect (the struggle is real).
We are all on a journey in this life. That journey looks different for everyone. Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. Each moment is a chance to grow in holiness, which is a gradual and constant process.
Instead of being ashamed of our past experiences, we can use them to be refined, to build our character and help one another become the best version of ourselves.
How beautiful, to be there for each together, to know we are never alone, sympathize with each other and sanctify each other until we are called home.