Wearing My Religion On My Sleeve
I was born and raised a Roman Catholic. At one point in my life, I read at Mass, attended daily mass at St. John's Church http://www.christianchurchesonline.com/scripts/hostedsites/org.asp?p=1&ID=2548 in Millers Falls , and frequently at Cornell University and the College of Our Lady of the Elms, and even graduated from a Roman Catholic college, The College of Our Lady of the Elms http://www.elms.edu/.
After graduating from Our Lady of the Elms, , I accepted a position at Catholic Family Service, Inc. for the Diocese of Amarillo, http://cfsama.com/ but was stationed in Lubbock, Texas. Eventually, the Diocese of Lubbock was created, and Catholic Family Service, Inc. in Lubbock http://www.cfslubbock.org/ was also created. I worked there ten years, before I moved on to other employment. But my admiration, respect and caring for the agency has not diminished.
A few years ago, there was a 25th anniversary of the agency, and I attended. I was asked about being a committee or board member, and I applied. I am on the PR/Membership committee, and this year, was elected to the board. I was delighted but intimidated. I am honored to serve, but do not have deep pockets, business or money contacts that board members are often asked to utilize.
I am delighted that the new director has asked me to contribute in regards to professional areas: licensing, supervision, documentation training, and planning for counseling. What an honor.
I do not wear my religion on my sleeve. I do pray, daily. But I do not make a show of it. I start my day with a thanks to God. I pray at other times during the day, but not do so that anyone would notice.
I have several colleagues who wear their religion on their sleeve: they pray noticeably, and otherwise discuss their religious practices. I am not comfortable with that. I think God knows what I am doing and why, and I do not need to proselytize, because as a professional social worker, using my influence to proselytize would be an abuse of power. I am not criticizing my colleagues who pray openly. I am just saying that my faith in God, which does not change, is private, and also offers others the opportunity to have private but hopeful interfaces with the Maker.