When the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the trumpet blast and the mountain smoking, they all feared and trembled.  So they took up a position much farther away and said to Moses, ‘You speak to us, and we will listen, but let not God speak to us or we shall die.’  Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid, for God has come to you only to test you and put his fear upon you, lest you should sin.’”  Exodus 20:18-20

I remember my childhood schooling in the early 1940’s and remember being fearful of God.  I never knew he was a loving God, or that he answered prayer.  I am sure that the instruction I received at that time made an impression on me and certainly made me fearful.  It should have made me joyful but in those days, it was not the way religion was taught.

I wish I knew then the great sacrifice Jesus made for the world and me.  I wish I had come from a home that spoke of God freely and lovingly.  I did receive a foundation and I know my parents sacrificed to send my brothers and me to a private school, which was quite an achievement in those days for a family of little means.  If it was not for that commitment to baptism and parochial schooling, I am sure I would not be where I am today.  I commend my parents for their adherence to Catholic tradition in the family.

Ellie R.

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