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Faith Is My Guide


I was born and raised in the city of South Boston in row houses that were situated directly across the street from the Gate of Heaven Catholic Church. I was never one to look for trouble and I am told that I was always of a good nature. My room located on the second floor was tiny, and only provided enough room for a single bed, a bureau, and the one window which faced the church and had an interior ledge about 20 inches from the floor that I would use to say my prayers every night.

When I was ten I came down with a bout of scarlet fever. Although I did not know what it was at the time, I do remember my mother putting two blankets over me and two pillows under my head, accompanied by a facecloth. I remember awakening during the night, the facecloth had gone from cold to warm and as my eyes focused I was startled by a figure peering in from the left side of my window. I immediately pulled the covers over my head in fright, and then slowly back down, however it was still there. Now delaying my first reaction, I saw what was the upper torso of a human-like figure with long free flowing hair and it appeared in a soft white light. I pulled the covers over my head for the second time and when I let them down it was gone.

I awoke in the morning with my fever broke and never said a word, although after that for some reason the word faith has been implanted in my head. I have never had want or need for the little things that trouble most people, and for some reason I have been put in unique situations dozens of times where someone has needed help and our paths cross, and I thank god fully knowing that I was led to them.

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Budika_2k (2 posts)
3 years ago (2019-06-26)
Faith can be a puzzling thing. In my Catholic youth, faith in God and Jesus Christ seemed to be the litmus test for being a good person. But how can you have faith in something you don't understand?

No one told me it was okay to be on the journey to understanding faith. This is something I learned later in life as I came to understand God and develop faith.

The irony is that I have always had faith in myself because of an inner guidance, or you might say my God-self as I would come to understand it.

So I really have always had faith in God. I just didn't know it. Sometimes it all comes down to semantics. Exploration of other religions has helped me to find faith on my own terms.
James (10 stories) (151 posts)
12 years ago (2010-12-02)

Faith is a wonderful thing, for I have doubted and all but abandoned mine for more years than I care to state!

Having rediscovered my faith in God and Jesus my life has truly turned-around for the better.

Thank you for your experience, for Faith can move mountains, it can cleanse any ailments as you have experienced and comfort you when your time is near to journey to God.

Blind Faith is one thing, but Real or True Faith like yours is something entirely different.

May the Light of All shine brightly upon you

James 😁

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