Persevering in faith

Faith. It’s always been one of my favorite words. Throughout the years, I’ve bought necklaces and bracelets in the hope that they would serve as a reminder to always keep my faith. As much as I try to remind myself to have faith, I can’t say it’s always easy. Many times things haven’t gone the way I wanted, planned, or even expected. Regardless of the fact that I know the way things went was ultimately God’s Plan, I can’t help but be disappointed. When faced with these disappointments I sometimes ask, “Why?” Why do I have faith? Why should I have faith? During times of uneasiness and disappointment, I turn to Scripture and am reminded of Mary and Joseph who were called to the unexpected and unplanned. They persevered in faith through openness to God in prayer and responding to His voice with trust. Their faith, hard though it was to maintain, brought about our salvation. Brothers and Sisters, I encourage all of you to be like Mary and Joseph, enter into prayer and allow those bracelets, necklaces, as well as the great witness of saints and mentors, to serve as reminders to persevere in faith.
– Andrea Torres Negrón, Junior (UMD, Class of 2021)

Faith. It’s always been one of my favorite words. Throughout the years, I’ve bought necklaces and bracelets in the hope that they would serve as a reminder to always keep my faith. As much as I try to remind myself to have faith, I can’t say it’s always easy. Many times things haven’t gone the way I wanted, planned, or even expected. Regardless of the fact that I know the way things went was ultimately God’s Plan, I can’t help but be disappointed. When faced with these disappointments I sometimes ask, “Why?” Why do I have faith? Why should I have faith? During times of uneasiness and disappointment, I turn to Scripture and am reminded of Mary and Joseph who were called to the unexpected and unplanned. They persevered in faith through openness to God in prayer and responding to His voice with trust. Their faith, hard though it was to maintain, brought about our salvation. Brothers and Sisters, I encourage all of you to be like Mary and Joseph, enter into prayer and allow those bracelets, necklaces, as well as the great witness of saints and mentors, to serve as reminders to persevere in faith.
– Andrea Torres Negrón, Junior (UMD, Class of 2021)