Rachael, 18, Whitehaven

Showing your religion openly will always be difficult. It appears we live in a society of pessimism, where many have decided it is easier to believe in nothing than to accept there is a God that loves them and open up to Him. As young people, we have probably been affected most by this. However, this does not mean we should be stopped from having a faith and acting on our beliefs. My faith has brought me through many difficult times; not only through God but also through other young Catholics I have met because of Him. During retreats to Castlerigg and the pilgrimage to Lourdes, I am inspired by the strength of such people to keep their faith together, despite so many obstacles in their lives. Being a young Catholic may be difficult in times of negativity, but God has brought me through so many struggles in my life, and I know that with the help of Him I can bring myself through all that comes my way.