Liam, 17, Whitehaven

Being a young Catholic. Well after a year of waiting eagerly, I can finally say, life as a young Catholic is great! In fact it is fantastic! I’ve never felt so happy in my life. I feel that I am part of a huge family, and nobody can ever take that away from me! I know that if I fall, there will always be somebody there to catch me, and I know that the Lord will catch me in the form of my Catholic brothers and sisters. When I was waiting by the altar with my sponsor Deacon Dave, I was so, so nervous, thinking, am I sure, am I sure that I want to become a Catholic? And then when Fr Matthew anointed me with the Chrism Oil, I knew then, I knew, that it wasn’t a
mistake that I was there. I knew that this was God’s plan for me; He had led me to my faith, and I knew, and know now that I never want to leave His side, and I never intend to. After having about 100 blessings at Mass, I finally was able to receive Communion! I didn’t know what it was going to feel like, whether I would feel different or feel the same. I was taught that the Eucharist is Christ,
and when we receive the Eucharist, we are receiving Christ Himself, but I didn’t realise this until that moment when the host hit my tongue that I was receiving The Body of Christ! Me! I realised what the words meant now! “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof.” Christ is the King, the Lamb of God and we are honoured to have the privilege of being able to receive Him. This is why I as a young Catholic love Eucharistic Adoration, because in Adoration I get to spend time with our Lord and offer my pain and worries and bring them to the foot of the cross, and also to tell Him how thankful I am that He died on the cross for me. “But only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.” He really does heal the souls of man.