Prayer Pledge 2017: Day 26

Today is the feast day of St. Timothy, a saint who grew in holiness alongside his close friend, St. Paul. When I think about the friendship of saints — Sts. Brigid and Patrick, Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, Sts. Jane de Chantal and Francis de Sales — I think about my own relationships. Do my friendships help me grow in holiness? Is knowing me helping others grow in their own holiness? How can we support each other in this world on our journey to the next?

Comment below with your thoughts:

When has a relationship helped guide you toward holiness?

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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    January 26, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I agree with this post so much!
    I was born into a Catholic family, however lost my way during my teenage years.
    What brought me back to the church and ultimately to God, was a friend who was genuinely concerned about my soul and wanted to share the joy of the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ. I am forever grateful for her taking the risk in inviting me to my parish youth group.

    “As iron sharpen iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17)

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    Megan Cahill-Assenza
    January 26, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    The first day I went to Newman Club, I was a bit astonished that there were peers who truly believed that God was real and I questioned if this was a cult. I laugh about this now, thinking back at the time when I was just getting to know about God and the faith, in spring 2015. I was not even considering making my communion and confirmation at the time. At Newman, everyone was so friendly, nice, and welcoming. I openly shared to those who introduced themselves that I was a bit unsure of the faith. Some knew exactly where I was coming from, as they came from that same place where I was at the time, or some thought it was interesting. I was accepted, no matter what. One of the members I met that evening was Samantha. We automatically connected. We were from the same town and shared an interest in art, but, there was something deeper that connected us…it was God. It was not until a few months later that Samantha shared with me that I was the result of God answering her prayer the day she met me at Newman club.

    Our friendship flourished. I had a strong desire to learn about God and the faith. Samantha was right there for me and more than happy to answer my questions, share her knowledge and experiences, and guide me along the path that we now shared. She always comforted me about my fear of Jesus that I developed as a child.

    I will never forget the time when Samantha invited me over to her dorm room on a Saturday to read the bible together. I did not have any knowledge about the bible. I walked into her dorm room and heard a familiar Christian song playing on the CD that we all got on the last day of fall retreat. I happened to listen to the same CD on my way to campus. We first read a little of a guide book of how to approach and read the bible, that a friend of ours let Samantha borrow. We also took notes. It was useful for both of us, but especially helpful for me. Then we started to read the bible together, starting at the beginning, Genesis. I believe we got up to chapter 3. I had a lot of questions and I had a lot to reflect on. We spent three hours. I enjoyed every minute of it.

    When time allowed, we spent time together reading about God or talking about Him. To this day, it is my favorite pass time with Samantha and it is very special to me. With our other Newman friends, I would organize mini retreats/ faith based field trips for all of us to spend time in fellowship with one another and also to grow in our faith together.
    Almost a year after meeting Samantha, I asked her to be my conformation sponsor in spring 2016. I would have never known that at my very first Newman Club meeting, I would meet and find my sponsor. I cannot help but love God. I love that I can love God with my sponsor, my sister in Christ. Samantha is the one who actually introduced me to Blessed Is She.

    My friendship with Samantha has brought me closer to holiness, as well as my relationships with other Newman club members, and my catholic campus minister. We all learn from each other, and together we bring each other closer to holiness. From all of my relationships guided toward holiness, I have been sharing ecstatically this whole new life and Good News to one of my best friends, Carly. She is open and accepting to all that I share. Carly has joined me in the faith and has asked me to be her sponsor for when she makes her confirmation. When we develop relationships that guide us toward holiness, it is innate for us to aspire to continue developing relationships with others in the faith that bring us together in holiness.

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    Guadalupe C.
    January 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Through my life, I have encountered several people who have helped me become more holy and I am eternally thankful for that grace which I know it’s God’s way of letting me know that I wasn’t alone at those specific times. God is truly awesome and simply by reaching out to these people, I’ve discovered so much of my faith, our beautiful Catholic faith! It is indeed through these special friendships that I’ve come to know my spiritual director, a true friend!

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