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Alex, 21, Castlerigg

Alex, 21, Castlerigg

For many years, seeing people filled with joy and happiness terrified me. All the calmness and wisdom radiating from them seemed to be alarming and very suspicious...

Claire, 18, Whitehaven

Claire, 18, Whitehaven

The main thing that I have discovered being a young Catholic today is that I am not alone. There is a whole world out there full of young Catholics just like me!

Misha, 22, Castlerigg

Misha, 22, Castlerigg

Hi, my name is Misha. I was born in Ukraine and at a young age my parents got divorced, and my father died shortly after that. Life wasn’t very pleasant at the beginning and so much pressure for my mother...

Louise, 18, Heysham

Being a Catholic has always played a role in my life and despite drifting slightly as I began to grow up, I am glad that I did because now my faith is so much stronger. It was a school retreat to Castlerigg which rekindled the flame of my faith and reminded me of the beauty of prayer, there are few sights more incredible than a chapel filled with candle light. I continue to return to Castlerigg for Easter and Advent retreats, each time leaving more tired than the last but also feeling more renewed than ever before; and ready to take on the world. Luckily I was as these past few years have been the most difficult of my entire life, with illness the cross I now have to bear. With no likelihood of a cure, it would be easy to become bitter and self-absorbed; instead I offer up my suffering to the Lord as a sacrifice and pray that He will help someone because of it. Of course I would rather be pain-free but as Jesus held onto his cup in the Garden of Gethsemane, so I will carry mine, as it is not my will but the Father’s which should be done. Being a Catholic has given me the strength to face what life throws at me, into your hands Lord, I commit my Spirit.