Nathalie-529528: ‘For Once I See Single Life As A Blessing’


By Nathalie-529528

My first Bible arrived in the mail two days ago.

Until that point, it hadn’t occurred to me that I had never acquired my own Bible. Growing up, we had the family Bible, but eventually I left home to begin my life in the world.

Along with my Bible, I decided to also get a Bible study guide; it was obvious I have much to learn.

Being a 26-year-old single Catholic woman with a newly-gained fascination with theology and apologetics, I am grateful for this Lent, a season when I am inching my way closer and closer to our Lord through the Eucharist and through Scripture.

What better way for me to increase my proximity to the Lord Almighty God this Lent than daily Mass and Eucharist? How blessed are we as Catholics to have the privilege to stand in front of the actual Body of Christ? To eat His flesh as He instructed us to do so?

Jesus tells us in John 6:35: “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

The way to the bread of life is the Catholic Church, and through this Church we have the opportunity to be truly and completely forgiven of all of sins. We are given the chance to repent and start anew.

If that’s not unconditional love, I do not know what is.

For once I feel my life single is a blessing, as my heart and soul are focused on inviting the Holy Spirit to lead me down the path chosen for me. I feel at peace with God’s plan for me, even though I do not yet know it.

Reflection question: Are you following the Holy Spirit’s lead?

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  1. Paul-663898 April 11, 2011 Reply

    ‘For once I feel my life single is a blessing’? Seriously? Why wouldn’t it be?

  2. Frances-26250 April 9, 2011 Reply

    Rock on. I love that you had the initiative to get your own bible. I offered my year to the Holy Spirit last Jan 1st instead of the hated resolutions. Well, he wanted me to read the whole bible and so, I dug out the bible I had first bought for myself in 1992. Its a 365 day bible with old/new testament, a psalm/proverb and deuterocanonical in small samplings per day. I was hooked. Esp when the OT would just ‘magically’ match up in theme with the NT. Jeff Cavins has a brilliant series about the adventure through the bible. Who knows? Maybe one day you may be called to use that series to start a group at your parish or YAG. Have fun with the bible. Its wild and wooly and after you read it, you’re never the same. A priest once told us to never read it without first saying, “Come Holy Spirit”. Its His word afterall.

  3. William-647329 April 9, 2011 Reply

    Great piece! I am proud of you, the way you are keeping the Lord #1 in your life, and we all, have much to learn.

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