When I think back to my childhood school memories, certain events stick out vividly to this day. I remember going to Cow Town and washing clothes by hand, recreating book events from the novel The Hobbit, playing laser tag with my graduating class as a send off for us to accomplish bigger and better things. What I remember most, however, is how for nine straight years I had a religious studies class every morning with Holy Cross. While I didn’t appreciate it fully at the time, these classes laid the foundations for my success and my spiritual growth.
As I went through Heights High School and the University of Kansas, I was able to branch out of my comfort zone and meet new people with different beliefs. I learned that there were other views in the world that didn’t line up with mine, classes being taught that contradicted what I was taught during my younger years. Each time I was asked to question my beliefs, I could go back to the fundamentals I was taught at a young age and respond with an answer that didn’t compromise my faith. With the groups I was offered as a child such as Junior Youth and the Boy Scouts, Holy Cross provided a safe and nurturing environment for me to become closer to God.
I may be finished with my degree but learning from the Bible is a life long experience. From giving to charities to attending Bible studies with my friends, I try to share the gifts that have been given to me while continuing to build my faith. Thank you Holy Cross for helping shape me into who I am today and starting me on my life long commitment to build a closer relationship to God. Thank you and God bless.