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Hi, so my name is Liz ! I'm 14 and I am Byzantine Cattholic which is just like Roman Catholic except it's a different rite. I noticed that lots of other ereligous grouaps have communities like this so I was really excited when I stumbled upon this community for teens of my faith. Hopefully I will get to know you all. This is coool because I don't know many catholics my age and there anren't alot of teenagers in my church.

zPlease comment say hi and introduce yourself!
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New

Hi there I'm new...not that its obvious.

So here's my story.
I was Baptised and raised Christian, well i my mum stopped when i was around 7 she never even tried to go to church after, she was raised catholic and i have always found catholisism to be more my thing.
well when i got into my early teens i basicly had already lost all faith i had in god, my father was raping me we were poor my grandfather was in poor health, but one night i prayed for the first time in years. my mother left my father and we moved. since moving at the age of fourteen. (Im sixteen now)
I've found things about myself i didnt like, i stopped eating i couldnt control my anger anymore.
This year i was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder for those of you who dont know.
It means i go from being extremly happy to extremly down, ive tried to kill myself countless of times.
I finally lost it myself my friends, I needed something to turn to, Im joining our Catholic church her in FOrt St John, Im going for the first time on sunday. wish me luck

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New Kid In Town

Hi Everyone!
I thought I would say hello. I just joined this community and I'm also new to livejournal. I'm very involved in the youth ministry at my church. This past summer I had an amazing opportunity to go on a mission trip to Honduras, and I'm now fundraising for my trip for next summer which is to World Youth Day in Australia. Has anybody here been to a World Youth Day? I'm sooo excited. This is probably my second pilgrimage in two years, my first was to Jerusalem. 

So yeah, I'd love to meet some new friends on here. We can share stories about where we've seen God in our lives.  *smiles*

God Bless you all!
 

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Hi! I'm new to this community as well as "new" Catholic. Well, actually I was raised Catholic, but for the past two years I have drifted from my faith and lost God and made some mistakes in the process. However, I've been doing a lot of reflection and self evaluation lately and I've realized how much I need Christ in my life. I feel like in today's world its so hard to keep faith and to keep believing. My recent renewal of my faith has also led me to decide to practice abstinence. This is also a difficult task in today's world, especially when it seems like so many people are so fixated on sex. I don't know...what do you guys think?

New

I'm new to this community. Decided that I'd post, say hi. Hope someone's here...

I will go Lord, if you lead me!

Well yesterday was a really crappy day. I'm not really sure why. What set me off at first was the fact that I had to listen to 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 for the second time this week and about the 4th time this month. For those of you not familiar with the verse it is...

"I may be able to speak the languages of human beings and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy going or a clanging bell. I may have the gift of instpired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains-but if I have no love, this does me no good.
Love is pateient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or ittitable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.
Love is eternal. There are inspired messages, but they are temporary; there are gifts of speaking in strange tongues, but they will cease; there is knowledge, but it will pass. For our gifts of knowledge and of inspired messages are only partial; but when what is perfect comes, then what is partial will disappear.
When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I am an adult, I have no more use for childish ways. What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face. What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete-as complete as God's knowledge of me.
Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love."

Now as you can see it is a lovely verse but for whatever reason the thought got me thinking about Valentine's Day and how much I despise the entire holiday. The whole thing led me to a search about St. Valentine and about the History of St. Valentine. After listening to the history I felt sooo much better. I encourage all of you to learn something about the holiday it makes me feel less hatred towards the holiday. So anyways I was also upset with our discussion in Foundations. We got off onto this diversity thing. Someone stated that they didn't see what all the fuss was about when it came to keeping your culture a live. This led to this huge debate which led me to think about how I felt about the situation. I learn more about myself each day and these types of things really do help my growth but sometimes it is just too much to handle. Yesterday, was one of those days it was too much to handle. I couldn't take all the back and forth and I didn't know how I felt about the situation. I took a nap after my classes hoping it would make me feel better but it really didn't. So, there I was all crabby and then I went to Burke to meet with Tanya. Things really turned around after that. We talked about the things that were bothering me and it made me feel a lot better. Also Burke mass made me feel much closer to God. I realized that for some reason I've felt that God is calling me to do something but I'm not sure what he wants me to do. So now I'm in search of the answer. The song that made me feel considerable better yesterday goes like this.

"Here I am Lord, is it I Lord? I have heard you, calling in the night. I will go Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart."

Prayer Request

I don't normally ask for prayer requests but this time I feel like I need to. As you may all know there was recently a bomb plot at Green Bay East High School in the USA. As small as this world is you may not find it surprising that I myself am a graduate from Green Bay East High School and I'm actually attending school only about 15 to 20 minutes away from East High. My little sister and many of my close friends are still students at the school and have to worry all day about the plot. I now ask you to pray for all the students, staff, faculty, friends, and family of East High School. Pray that nothing awful will happen and that all of them will have the chance to live and do the great things that God has intended for them. Also pray that East High students and faculty will be able to soon return to their lives and not live in fear of something awful. That is not all however. Though what these people were thinking about doing was awful I also would like all of you to pray for them too. For in my heart is a longing that they find happiness and find the love of God in their lives. For I believe that God can do great things and that if they found the love of God they would no longer be able to think such awful things. It pains me to know that people are in so much pain that they would think of killing others and themselves.

Finally I want everyone to know that East High School is a wonderful school. Just because one incident happened does not show that all students at that school are awful people. Here in Green Bay East is not looked upon very well and lately other high schools have been seen taunting students at East for recent actions. I want all of you to know that East has wonderful students and staff. Remember that they had a student turn in these boys. That takes a lot of bravery for I'm sure that boy or girl is now living in their house secluded hoping that no one will put them on a list of the next to die. I am so grateful for the student that turned them in because they not only saved some wonderful people they saved my ONLY little sister.

Thank you all for your prayers,
Brittany