I Won't Lose My Faith In College

I Won't Lose My Faith In College

"Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." ~ Hebrews 11:1

From the moment I was born, my Catholic faith has constantly been a part of my life.

During my elementary school days, my Sunday mornings were dedicated to singing for my parish choir during Mass. But for the days when I wasn't singing or positioned as an Altar Server, I sat alongside my family in the same exact pew. At this time, my faith was dependent on my parents--the people who raised me through religious tradition. By this dependence, I followed along to the repetitious prayers and rituals during Mass, failing to notice their liturgical significance.

However, as I grew older, my faith became gradually less dependent on my parents. When I was attending a Catholic high school, there were certain religious obligations that were expected of everyone, such as monthly Mass, prayer services, prayers before classes, etc.

However, during my high school years, my faith grew simply because I chose to do so. I was the one, not my parents, who signed up for countless retreats, service projects, and leadership roles. Through this initiative, I encountered life-changing experiences, mentors, and friends who have forever changed my life.

Yet, by the time I graduated, I saw my high school glory days fade before my eyes. Before I knew it, I was off to a new place hundreds of miles away from home as a college freshman. Although I chose a Catholic university, specifically because my faith became that important to affect my college application process, I quickly realized that not only the religious diversity of a college campus, even a Catholic one, but also the fact that those who did identify as being Christian failed to incorporate their faith into their daily lives.

My high school teachers warned me about this months before I graduated. But now, I wish I could hear their advice just one more time.

Because the truth is....it's hard to be religious in college. The stereotypical college student who has spent their entire weekend either sleeping or partying is too lazy or reluctant to dedicate an hour of their Sunday evening to Church; therefore, it's difficult to find a group of "Mass people" to walk to Church with every Sunday.

Therefore, there have been Sunday evenings where I casually stroll to the Villanova Church alone; yet, I feel once I'm inside, the Catholic community takes away the fears, anxieties, and stress that I experienced on the way there. Only recently have I realized that this is the challenge God has given me in this new chapter of my life.

I am not only prepared for this next step in my spiritual growth. But most importantly, I am ready to see where it takes me and what I will become as a result.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.

Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Staying Strong in your faith, even when it's a struggle

In this post, I will be discussing how to stay strong in your faith and trust God.


The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 16:13, "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong." It is important to be on your guard and stand firm in your faith. Trust me I know it is not always easy, there are so many temptations and so much peer pressure in this world. The devil will throw many things at us, but we need to stand strong.

I struggle to stay firm in my faith especially at college. At college you are not home where everyone goes to church every Sunday, and you don't have your parents making sure you go to church. It seems weird living somewhere where not everyone goes to church every Sunday or even know who God is.

It is also hard when you don't have someone making sure you go to church, or you've had a long week of school and just want to sleep in all weekend and stay in bed. You also think people will judge you because you are going to church but do NOT care what people think, stand strong for what you believe in and do not let anyone change that. I have been to the BSU at Mississippi State and those people are the most genuine, caring people I have ever met. The first time I went on a Tuesday night, they were so welcoming and very excited to have me there.

There will be people who question you on why you believe in God and you need to tell them. There will also be people at college that have never heard the word of God or even who God is. So, do not be afraid of telling them what you believe in because it could change someone's life. I have been asked, "How do you believe in something you cannot see," I respond with you can't see air can you but you still breath it in and know it is there. The bible says in Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." The bible also says in 2 Corinthians 5:7, "For we live by faith, not by sight." When I was younger I did struggle with how do you believe in something you cannot see? Then I thought about it and there's no way on this earth we would be here if God wouldn't have created us. It wasn't a star that exploded and created all the nerves in our body, all the organs, our hair, or anything on this Earth. It was God. Everyone struggles with their faith during their lifetime. You will hit your all time low and think it's Gods fault, but it is just a test to see how strong you are in your faith. Stay true to Him and trust in Him. God will never lead us down the wrong path, although it may have a few bumps in the road, He knows our steps before we take them. He wants us to walk with Him. Proverbs 16:9

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