Recently I shared my Testimony at the Catholic Christian Outreach Spring Banquet in Halifax. Here is what I shared:
Have you ever been running and not known exactly what your final destination is? For as long as I can remember I have had a relationship with the Church in some way. You could say I was a bit of an odd kid. I loved church, I wanted to do everything in the church. In addition to helping in the church, growing up I had some powerful experiences that solidified in me that this was it. Catholicism was true and it was where I was going to stay. But there is a difference between God being the biggest thing in your life, and knowing him personally.
This past September I encountered CCO through people I met at one of the Young Adult masses at the Basilica. I expected that there would be like three, maybe four people there - but there were like 20 university students there!
I was invited to join a Faith Study, and soon I was in Discovery. It was in Discovery that I opened up the bible on my own for the first time, and I experienced something new. Up until that point I would say that prayer felt more like a one-way conversation. Me saying to God good things, and asking him for stuff too. But in reading scripture in the lessons, it was the first time I experienced God, clearly speaking to me in prayer.
Then came a time where the leader put the relationships diagram in front me. That was the first time I ever had to think about where I was really ‘at’ with God. And when I saw the images I knew that I was in between the second and the third. But I also realised another thing. When I looked at and heard the Christ-centered relationship described, I realised that this was the kind of relationship that God wanted to have with me. He wanted a personal relationship, not just the bigg