A Community We Can't Thrive Without

Amber, top right, pictured with the women of her house this year.

Amber, top right, pictured with the women of her house this year.

By Amber Super, Senior at Capital University

This year, the Catholic Community at OSU had the joy of welcoming several men and women into full communion with the Church.  In the days leading up to the Easter Vigil, one of the women asked me how I live out my faith, having come from a non-Catholic family.  Before I get too far, let me explain why I was asked this question.  In 2009, at the age of 16, I was welcomed into the Catholic Church, receiving all three entrance sacraments on that glorious day.  The other thing you should know is that I am the only practicing Catholic in my family.  This woman asked me how I do it—how I choose to live out my faith because I have, in a sense, been doing it on my own for the last six years.

My answer to this woman is community.  The community I have found here in Columbus on OSU’s campus.  I’ve been a part of SPO since my senior year of high school. I lived in household for a couple years and continue to be involved in the community outside of household as well.  When I first started getting involved in SPO, I didn’t realize the importance of community, but over the last four years, I have learned that community is a vital component to living out our faith.

Community has taught me how to love and to be loved.  It has given me accountability through the trials of freshman year.  When I doubted my decision to become Catholic, my sisters helped pick me back up and remind me how much Jesus loves me.  Through health issues, this community lifted me up on the bad days and reminded me I was loved.  Through the trials of nursing school, of failing a class and the ups and downs of college, this community has never ceased to uplift, support, and encourage me.  As I’ve continued to be involved, the people around me have only encouraged me to dive deeper into my faith with each trial that I face.  Because of many of the women in this community, I’ve learned that my satisfaction can only be found in Jesus.

Granted, there have been challenges I’ve faced, as I briefly mentioned.  When this woman asked how I do it, I told her about all of this.  I told her the importance of community, but I also told her there are challenges you face when you choose your faith, especially when that choice differs from that of your family.  Holidays can be hard because my faith is crucial to who I am and how I identify myself, and I don’t share that with my family.  However, relying on the community makes it better and reminds you that you’re not actually alone, as alone as you may feel at times.

The answer to my friend’s question is community.  It is in community that we learn to love and be loved.  It is in community that we learn to be the men and women God created us to be.  It is here that we have accountability, support, strength and courage.

 “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” –Romans 12:4-