Today's post is about something that means an awful lot to me. Growing up I always went to church with my parents, choosing the actual parish because of where we lived and because that was where they went, but as an adult, I've had the liberty to choose somewhere I can call my church "home." I never really had that with previous churches in college or law school. When I moved to Columbus, I did for a short period of time but after the firm down-sizing and needing to move up to Indy, I never really found that right fit. It wasn't until T and I started dating and I went to church with him at Our Lady of the Greenwood that I felt at home. It was one of the reasons I decided to move down to Greenwood six months into our relationship. Something about it just felt....right.
I've been a part of the parish since 2009, and we try our best to be active though have a little one can be tough. We both participated in the Christ Renews His Parish retreats for women and men in the church and then stayed on to throw the next one for the new group. I learned a lot about myself along the way and came to terms with some things that have been there for awhile. I was a part of the MOMS group this last year, and we go regularly to marriage ministry events. T now is a lector at church and I am a Eucharistic Minister. I love that we're active. I love that this is the church where we were married, had Aubrey baptized and hopefully will watch her grow up and go to school.
We've met so many wonderful people that we call friends through church. One of my closest friends was introduced to us through our very own marriage sponsor couple. I love that we walk into church and are not just random people in a large group of others but we know people and feel at home.
I wouldn't say we are devout Catholics by any means. We regularly go to mass and give of our time and talent, but we do have more liberal views outside of the church teachings (though this new pope is more my kind of guy.)
Our church has welcomed me into a community that was completely foreign to me, and it is one of the things I love the most about where we live. So today I am thankful for finally finding the right fit for me and my family.