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This I Believe - Episode 7

GHS author Aimee Denn
Aimee Denn is a student at Guilderland high school, graduating in the class of 2011. She would like to attend Marist to study biology before going on to medical school.

This I Believe

By Aimee Denn

My parents are both devout Roman Catholics. My grandparents were devout Catholics, and so were their parents. In fact my entire family was raised as Catholics. For me, I’m not so sure. I must admit that I struggle with my faith. In fact, what really is faith?
Earlier this year I had an opportunity to be confirmed into the Catholic Church. Confirmation is a sacrament that Catholics receive when they reach a certain age that signifies being considered an adult in the Church. It is a very important sacrament. Bishop Hubbard himself is the one who gives out this sacrament.

When the time arrived for my parents and me to discuss my confirmation, I was initially interested. I made time to fill out the paperwork and attend the first introductory meeting. After the first meeting I had some very deep reservations about whether or not I wanted to go through with confirmation. It’s not that I didn’t know the other people in the class; in fact many of the kids were friends. One evening, after pondering what to do, I had come up with my decision. I was not going to get confirmed. Now there was only one question: how do I let my parents know?

If you know my parents then you know my family goes to church every Sunday at ten. There are rules in my house that you can’t miss church, and if you did you have to read the bible. My mom always says “remember why Jesus lived. He is our savior.” Both my parents want my brother and I to live a life that God would approve of, so the night I was going to tell them I didn’t want to get confirmed, I was terribly nervous. I knew my mom especially would be upset. She had been looking forward to this day. She was proud that I was finally going to be a full member of the Catholic Church.

As I told my parents, I could see the smiles of their faces dropping. “Why” my mom asked me. I couldn’t bring myself to say that when it comes to my religion I’m not sure what I believe at this point in my life. I told them that I just wasn’t ready to be confirmed yet. I have realized that when it comes to my faith I’m agnostic, meaning you don’t believe in everything that the Church teaches is true. I’m certainly not going as far to say I’m Atheist, but who knows when I become an adult if I will go to a Roman Catholic Church. There are many Christian faiths, including Protestants, Methodists, and Lutherans.

Is it possible to live a good life without having faith in God? Do you need to actually fear what comes after death in order to be a better person? Might it simply be enough to follow the golden rule of treating others how you would like to be treated?

My spiritual journey is far from over, but I believe that at this point in time I’m still searching for my faith.


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