Faith, Religion, And Spirituality Essay

1132 Words Jan 25th, 2016 5 Pages
As someone who has been fascinated by words from a young age, I have always found the term ‘faith’ to be a vague one. Faith, or lack thereof, can come in a dizzying array of forms, intensities, and meanings for various people; in essence, each individual’s journey with faith is a unique one that spans a lifetime and is kept in constant evolution. Thus the definition of Faith must be kept vague and malleable, as it carries different meanings for everyone at various stages in life. For me, my current place in the realm of faith, religion, and spirituality is an uncertain one; due to multiple influences and pivotal moments in my life, I find myself an unsettled and hesitant pilgrim who is aiming to remain open-minded and thoughtful as her journey through faith continues.
The foundation for my relationship with faith and religion and the kind of pilgrim I am can be found in multiple aspects of my upbringing and background; both sides of my family are Irish Catholic, with my paternal grandmother in particular being staunchly religious. My parents’ rather religious upbringing resulted in them bringing my sisters and I to church every Sunday for the first seven years of my life. I remember that, like many hyperactive and easily distracted children, I found Church services to be a tedious chore rather than a time of reflection. Although I went to public school, I also attended my church’s Sunday school classes from first to fifth grades. The lessons taught to me in these classes…

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