Adriana: Growing in My Faith

Adriana Elgarresta
November 3, 2010

Before I started interning at the CCAO this fall semester, I seemed to have been slowly forgetting the importance of faith and prayer in my life. I have been raised a Catholic and attended Catholic school my entire life but once I got to college I found myself forgetting to take time to grow in my faith with God. In college sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the daily stresses and not take a small time of the day to pray and reflect.

I remember that on my first day of orientation at the CCAO I felt so happy that I was in a faith based environment again. Interacting at the CCAO with other college students about spiritual growth made me realize how much I missed reflection and prayer in my daily life.

I remember one Monday I was having a not so great day and I got to the CCAO office. There we read the Scripture and afterwards reflected on it; this small moment we took from the long day was just what I needed to continue my day with a positive mind set. The prayer and reflection really changed my day around.

These small prayer and reflection times at the office every Monday have become something I really look forward to during the week. I was very happy to be able to lead one of these prayer and reflection days for Food Week of Action.

Adriana Elgarresta is a junior at George Washington University and a fall intern at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Justice