Catholic Things

Who Are You?


There’s something that I think is kind of fascinating:

How do we define ourselves?

Do we define ourselves by a sport that we play? Our major? Our job(s)? Our fandoms? Our hobbies? Our pets? Our country? Our religion/faith or our lack of faith? Our friend groups? Our alma mater?

I know that I have a variety of different things that I would use to describe myself to others.

I’m a Catholic. I’m a Murray State University alumna. I’m a writer. I’m a member of St. Leo’s parish. I live in Western Kentucky. I’m a part of quite a different fandoms. I have a mental illness.

And I’m willing to bet that when you introduce yourself to someone new, you probably use facts similar to these.

All of these things are good, but none of them are the most important.
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A quick question for you:

Does your relationship with God even make the list of defining traits_
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It doesn’t necessarily have to be the first thing for this particular question. Just, does it make the list?

I’m willing to bet that your answer is no.

This is just based on people I meet within the southeastern corner of America. This may be different for different regions/countries/cultures/etc.

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This may just be because we focus so much on what we plan, and the connections that we have, and the chances that we’re taking.

And I have an idea of why this may be the case.

We so often compare ourselves to other people. And if we bring our faith life into it, we’re bringing something incredibly personal into the mix. We may see what other people are doing and we may think that what we’re doing isn’t enough.

And this can lead to us feeling inadequate.
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And inadequacy is often looked down upon in our culture today. It’s often translated as weakness and people don’t want to be seen as weak.

But that isn’t the entire situation.

Everybody’s faith is different. Yes, within the Catholic Church, there are certain milestones coming into the faith and there are certain expectations or regulations once an active member of the Church.

But other than that, there's no faith life that is 100% the same.
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Everyone within the Church has the goal of reaching Heaven. But there’s no specific guideline as to how to get there. And I think that can scare people.

It’s difficult to know which direction to go and what steps need to be taken. All we can do is try to figure it out along the way.

And if you’re like me, if someone asks about the faith, there’s a fear that we might provide an incorrect or inadequate answer.

And I think all these things can lead to why our relationship with God may not make the list of things we tell people when we meet them.

So, I’d like to make a recommendation: your relationship with God is an important part of who you are and nobody’s relationship with God is exactly the same. So we can meet other people who have a relationship with God and not feel inadequate.

So, until next time, I hope you have a good day.

And as always, if something in this post resonated with you, please feel free to comment or share. And if you think someone in your life would like this post and/or the site, please share with them!


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