Brothers & Sisters,
The truth is I've had to fall back in love with Catholicism. Having already done this 8 months ago the past week or so has been a bit of a trying time for me. But somewhere deep down I knew I'd get through it, and my faith would be bolstered. I questioned a lot of things over the past few days. My faith, my calling, priests I know and trust, priests I look up to, etc. Today I started to come around and really grasp the reality that my church will persevere and will be here long after I'm gone.
I've witnessed conversations and commentary from old friends, social media personalities, and others that I've agreed with and disagreed with. The interesting thing for me was how hard it was to have a conversation with someone when I didn't agree with their statements. They either didn't want to have a discussion about it, or there was no reasoning with them at all. Through those frustrations, I knew that I probably wouldn't be able to sway their decisions or make them think any different, so I stopped wasting my time and focused back on regaining my love for my Church.
Saint Augustine was right when he said the quote above. Every day I explore my relationship with God feels like the first day of a brand new friendship. There's excitement, adventure, questions, exploration, and love. I wouldn't have it any other way.