I'm a 36 year old IT Manager at a University in Providence, RI who is currently discerning a priestly vocation.

Care for your faith

Care for your faith

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
— C.S. Lewis

Brothers & Sisters,

Having faith requires plenty of care and feeding. I’d instantly be wary of someone who told me that faith didn’t require any effort on the part of an individual. For me, some of this care includes reducing the noise that is my Facebook feed. I’ve been slowly pruning away folks that tend to post things that make me cringe, or generally things that I find offensive (even mildly). Granted I don’t spend a ton of time on Facebook these days but when I do I definitely don’t want to have to scroll by things that make me shake my head.

I think once we’ve taken the internal inventory we have to look outside and understand some of those influences and how they affect us on a daily basis. There’s a lot of outside forces pushing and pulling on us. If we allow them to do so all the time we’ll find ourselves sucked into situations and events that might not align with our own ideals and faith. One might argue that the external inventory of ourselves is equally if not more important than the internal.

You’re not stuck and definitely not required to be around toxic people or things that affect you in the worst kind of ways. Do your best to remove yourself from those situations and don’t ever be afraid to ask for help. I’ve had more than a few people reach out to me in the past few months about helping them see situations from a different point of view as they thought they were stuck. After a conversation (or a few) a game plan was made and they were off to the races. Sometimes it takes a little help from a fresh set of ear and eyes in order to give you the direction you need to move down a new path. Don’t ever be afraid to ask or feel like you’re a burden to your friends. That’s what they are there for and you’ll really know who your real friends are when you ask for help.

Care for your faith and it’ll take great care of you.

Yours,
Jeff

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