February 4, 2013
My Faith Journey
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” –John 13:34. This, in my opinion is what life is all about. If there is one thing this world needs more, is not money or power, but love and peace. As I live my life, I keep this bible verse in mind. I try not to think of myself as much but for others around me.
My name is Margot Annick Theresa Duffy. I was born on May 2, 1997 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. The two special people who brought me into this world are my parents, Fabienne and Mark Duffy. There is not one day that goes by where I don’t thank God for giving me two parents that have showed me the way to life. They are my strength whether it concerns school, sports, or just life in general. One other special person in my life is my sister, Riviere Duffy. She is not only my sister but my best friend. These three people have influenced and inspired me to live life with purpose. To focus on what is important and what will make me successful in the future. Although sometimes I think I am right and I don’t want to listen to them, truth is, they have been through the same thing and they know what’s best for me. As my life as advanced, my parents have raised me to look at the best in people and to believe that if I put in effort and try my hardest, then I will get positive results. Coming from two catholic families, they decided to baptize my sister and me when I was two and she was six. While I wish I did, I don’t remember my baptism. My baptism marked the beginning of my faith journey. When I was in second grade, I received my first Holy Communion. Then, when I was in fourth grade, I receive the sacrament of reconciliation. I remember being terrified of confessing to the priest as I still am today. My eighth grade year, I went through confirmation and received the gift of the Holy Spirit. I had to pick a mentor that would guide me throughout my life and would always be there for me and that is why I picked my sister. Even though my mother is a catholic, she has grown to not believe in God but to believe in the common sense, compassion, and sanity of the human being. My father who was raised as a catholic and attended catholic schools as a child believes in God. Both of my parents have never forced me to believe in anything I didn’t want to. They have left it up to me and they accept my beliefs. All my life I have attended catholic schools and I have come to the conclusion that I do believe in God. I want to be a catholic and my education has given me a deeper understanding of God and our mission here on earth. Although there is so much more I would like to know, for example, why do bad things happen to good people or what do we become after death, I still have a lot of time to figure that out. One main belief that I have, is if you are happy in life, and if you do good deeds for one another, you have lived your life to the fullest. One person that has a strong belief in God is my grandma. She is also a very influential person in my life. She is my religious mentor. My sister, mom, dad, and grandma are all the building blocks of my faith life. Each and every one of them has taught me different lessons about life, God, and myself. It all goes back to my favorite verse in the bible “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” –John 13:34. Other than religion class and going to church, I experience God every day in my life. Whether it is seeing him in the people I hang out with or testing my own faith when something happens in my life. When someone does a good deed, I think of God. The school I go to, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is a prime example. We do different things throughout the year that show compassion towards others and inspires the students to come together as a family and thank God for all he has done. For