Religion. What is it? Is it some class you’re forced to take? Or just another class to take and easy to ditch out on?
Where did our spirituality go? We get so caught up in our daily lives, going to school, playing sports, doing art, chilling out with friends or just working, it’s so easy to forget the little things. We forget to stop and take in the moment. To be thankful that we breathe and are able to eat and have a roof over our heads. It’s time to stop and think about the ones who influence your life, whether it’s your family or friends, God, or even teachers. When is the last time you were truly thankful for everything they have done for you?
When the word “God” is said, what comes to your mind? Catholic, Hindu, Baptist, Muslim or even an atheist– what is your perception of “God”? Where does your spirituality stand as of today? Are you close to God, or far away? In today’s chaotic life, do we leave enough room for God to embrace us?
As a high schooler at Catholic Central, I ask myself “Where is the true spirit of Catholic Central?” Morning prayers are filled with long silences as the teacher preaches on, some students may snicker, waiting for the “chore” to end. Do you listen to the words in a prayer? It doesn’t matter what faith background you come from, if you allow yourself to listen to the words, they are a blessing of the day. Feel honoured that your teacher wants you to have a blessed day. When Mr. Spiess does his legendary prayers, he prays with his whole soul and heart, and that right there is beauty in itself: blessing and wishing all of his students well throughout their daily lives; we should feel honoured that someone would care so much. The passion he has for his spirituality shines in his prayers. Do we truly listen to our teacher with open hearts and minds?
In this chaotic high school life, isn’t it okay to just allow yourself to listen? To become one with that peaceful silence? I have seen many people afraid and almost ashamed of the spiritual side of Catholic Central, to listen and embrace all the words that are spoken. To allow themselves to be silent and listen, this is where most find God. Silence can be your greatest enlightenment.
Here at CCH we take such pride in our sports and fine arts that sometimes we forget the simple thing that brought us together here in the first place: our God. Having masses before a big game settles the moment and allows everyone to remember that we are all the children of God here to come together to celebrate what we love and take pride in. We are all here to learn and shape ourselves in his image. Take pride in bowing your head before a big game, or before you step onto the stage. We are a Catholic community after all so take some pride into it!
Do you ever look up at the sunset, all those beautiful colours and the shape of the world, even the smell of the morning dew in the fall? It’s so peaceful and still. It’s a feeling of complete warmth and comfort. That’s my association of what God is. It’s what I feel in my heart is true. We all get so caught up in life that we lose touch with that side. Smell the flowers and take it easy. Embrace every moment you have on this world. Allow yourself to be calm and silent; it’s as simple and easy as the wind’s breeze. Be respectful, and don’t forget why you came to Catholic Central in the first place. Embracing the spiritual side of yourself can give you peace and calmness in the chaos of the world . Remember, everyone has a different view of God. It could be the sunset, or the compassion you see in others. Just take the time to connect to your roots, and to be grateful for everything you have in life. You are perfect and you are beautiful in every way. God has a voice and it’s through his people. It’s through YOU.
So to all my brother and sisters, just sit and listen. Only then is when you will truly hear God.
Tristen Cook is a grade twelve student at CCH. She is constantly on her feet, busy with school and working full time. When she does have spare time she enjoys meditating and reading. She also enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and exploring. Her favourite thing about CCH is the teaching staff. They’ve treated her like family and made her feel like she’s at home.