How the christian community made me realize my true beleifs through my Catholic Community.

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My "True" Beliefs

The imposition of a new community brought forth my "true" feelings and beliefs. I was born and brought up in the Catholic community. My parents taught me strong morals and put me into all the religious classes held at whatever church we attended at the time. As I grew older I was finally beginning to realize what I truly believed in but it was still not clear. I was still searching for who I was and how I felt about my Religion. In going to Azusa Pacific University and the imposition of this new community my answers quickly came.

I was baptized as a baby and made my First Communion in second grade. The "First Communion" represents the ability to start receiving the body and blood of Christ at our masses. Even though I did not need to attend these classes between the years of third grade and high school my parents kept me in them.

Freshman year in high school, I started on the three year trip to make my Confirmation, or initiation into the Church. Through these three years I had to attend classes every Sunday and retreats once a year. The retreats were what really affected me the most. Our class would be up in the mountains for 2 to 3 days doing various workshops and prayer sessions. At the end of the retreat we would always make our confession with our Priest who would come up. Confession taught me much about what I could do to fulfill my spirituality. When I made my confession it felt as if my sins were suddenly just eaten out of my body by some unknown force. Something about confessing yours sins and asking questions to the Priest made me feel so much better. In my final year...