Religion is considered a very important part of life by a large part of the
religion. I was baptized as a baby, and as long as I can remember I attended
mass every Sunday with my family no matter how much I contested going or the
number of tantrums I would throw. I received my first communion and went through
understood the "routine" that Catholics follow. I later realized the
true seriousness which was far more than just going through the learned motions.
My older sister went through the same process before me and I never really truly
understood the experience when she went though it. Along with the others I
attended special classes taught by the priest. I became much more involved in
what went on in the church, helping out with seasonal functions for the younger
me were captivating. The mass itself actually helped me realize the awesome
reality I was a slightly nervous about the whole thing. The Catholic Church
places very high expectations upon its young people, and I now had more
responsibility in the parish. After going through the whole confirmation process
I feel as if I have grown as a member of the Catholic Church, and as a person.
parents for not giving into my whining or fits when I was younger. In the end
all of the advantages of being an active Catholic are well worth it. Without my
commitment to my religion I do not think I would be nearly as strong of a person
as I am today. To me the Catholic Church provides direction along with a true
friendship that will last a lifetime.