Looking Back, Looking Forward

By CJ Kallevig

Hey, everyone!

As we begin this new year and new decade, I started to reflect on everything that has happened these past ten years. Everything I’ve been through, everything I’ve accomplished, everything God has done for me. And I wanted to share some of those things with you. Let’s look back first.

In the past ten years, I: 

  • Graduated from high school.
  • Graduated from college. (I managed to graduate a year early, too!)
  • Got a job. ( I work for the Catholic Church, and honestly, I can’t imagine doing any other job. It definitely was not planned, but this job is one of the greatest things that I have experienced.)
  • Got my own place. (I now have an apartment to myself, and it’s weird… I love it, don’t get me wrong. I love the privacy and having a place to come home to, but it’s weird not having someone else in the apartment. Maybe I’ll get a cat to keep me company.)
  • Converted to the Catholic Faith. (This was one of the best choices I have ever made, or will ever make, in my life. When I became Catholic, I finally felt the Lord in a very real way.)
  • Taught Totus Tuus for a summer. (I wrote a blog post about it. Look at that, or ask me questions! I love to talk about TT.)
  • Began to teach Faith Formation. (I currently teach middle-school and high-school faith formation. It’s wonderful and difficult and interesting all at the same time.)
  • Found a faith community. (Coming out of college, I didn’t know where I was going to find a group of Catholic young people my age who were on fire for their faith. But guess what: I found them!)
  • Found a family. (Living so far away from my biological family, my friends and I formed our own little family. Well, it’s not so little anymore. ☺)
  • Started doing a scheduled Holy Hour. (I have Adoration from 12am-2am every Monday night. It is one of the best parts of my week because I can just sit with Jesus.)
  • Did a Marian consecration. (I have given myself utterly to Mary, so that she can bring me closer to Christ in all things. It is a beautiful experience and my consecration day is January 1st, Mary Mother of God!)

Looking at everything I just said, you may think that this is a lot of stuff that has happened in the last ten years. But really, this is just a small portion of everything that has happened. And that’s okay. God works in amazing ways, and if I tried to write out everything He has done for me… Well, that would be a full-length book. 

Now to look forward. I have some goals that I set for myself, some things that I want to do:

  • I want to travel. (There are so many places in the world that I have yet to see.)
  • I want to dance. (I love dancing, and it’s become harder for me lately. So I want to get back out there and dance like I know I can.)
  • I want to fall in love. (I want a family of my own. However, God’s timing, not mine.)
  • I want to grow deeper in my faith. (Little steps, day by day, bring me closer to God and His love.)
  • I want to be the best mentor that I can. (I mentor some 8th-grade girls, and I want to be the best person possible so that I can show Christ to them.)
  • I want to be the best friend possible. (Letting Christ shine through me in love; that is the best way to be a friend to others.)

I don’t want to hold myself back from Christ and what He has in store for me. I don’t want you to do that either.

Sometime in the next few days, take some time and ponder: What are some of your favorite memories from the past ten years? What are some amazing things that have happened? Then think about the future: What are you looking most forward to? What can you do to open yourself to Christ?

Know of my prayers for all of you as we begin this new decade of life together.

God bless, and I will see you in the Eucharist.

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