Alive In Christ

June 27, 2019

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

I was raised in a Catholic family. As such, I was duly baptized as an infant, made my first communion and first confession on schedule, was confirmed in the fourth grade, went to mass every Sunday, was an altar boy for fourteen years, went to catechism classes, and attended special liturgies as they came up. I observed all the rules to the best of my recollection including no meat on Friday and fasting before receiving communion. Like most Catholic boys I gave serious consideration to becoming a priest.

In my family we prayed before each meal, prayed the rosary together in the evening, read stories of the saints, and was tutored by my mother in memorizing the questions and answers found in the Baltimore Catechism. I became a Godparent as a teenager. I was educated by nuns in a Catholic school for three years. I prayed, read scripture, observed church rules, and followed the Ten Commandments and Sermon on the Mount.

Boy! Was I surprised one evening as I was sitting in my dorm room at Central Michigan University and was casually listening as one of my friends was discussing giving his life to Jesus with another student from Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. The discussion focused on the idea that anyone could have a personal relationship with Jesus. This was new to me, but I knew instantly that if it was possible to know Jesus personally that it was for me.

As I was sitting there listening, the student from Intervarsity Christian Fellowship looked toward me and our eyes met. He simply said, “You’re ready aren’t you.” I said yes, and in an instant, I gave my life to Jesus. I asked him to forgive my sins. I invited him into my life and accepted him as my Lord and my Savior. My life has never been the same. The most surprising thing is that my past experiences and learning became alive and clear as I had never seen it.

The Bible came alive! Prayer became a hunger to know more and more about Jesus and to worship him and follow him. The Creed became a solid part of me. The Sacraments and the mass are real events! I began a journey with Jesus as the center of my life and my companion as I journey toward heaven. While things don’t always happen as I wanted in the short term, I have never been disappointed in the end. I no longer have to follow the Commandments, I want to follow them! I know the love of God.

“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”

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