My name is Olivia and I am 13 years of age. I live in Blackpool with my mother. When I was younger we lived with my grandparents and aunties and uncles so I have always been part of a big family and I am very close to them. My family really inspires me more than anything. They have guided me though my faith for as long as I can remember. They have shown me the right way of life and how to make the right decisions. They have encouraged my faith by walking down the religious path with me.

Growing up as a Catholic I have always attended Mass and consider my parish to be very supportive in guiding me through my spiritual journey. I try to live out my faith as much as possible by attending church every week, regularly going on pilgrimage, taking part in various different liturgies, praying every day and trying my best to see good in everyone I meet.

I have faced some challenges in my faith. Some people don’t quite understand my religion and they don’t understand why my faith is such a big part of my life. Nevertheless, I have never lost sight of my faith or been embarrassed by it. My faith is very important to me because it shows me that we all make mistakes and we all sometimes find it hard to forgive ourselves but we need to know that God is ready to forgive our sins. I wouldn’t be who I am today without my faith – it has taught me to stay strong, to stay faithful to myself and others and to believe anything is possible.