Chiara Catanzariti: Looking back on 2019

So this is Christmas and what have you done?

Christmas is a time for reflection, so the Catholic Voice asked twelve prominent Catholics to share their thoughts on 2019

Chiara Catanzariti, Youth Minister St Clare’s College and St Benedict’s Parish Narrabundah

Highlight of 2019

Attending World Youth Day in Panama was a highlight. What struck me was the strong bonds formed as an archdi­ocesan group and sharing how we are all pursuing God in our daily lives.

A low point

Working out the balance of uni, work, friends and family. In the busyness of life we must keep up prayer and our relationship with God as this gives us clarity, hope and encouragement in the chaos we can face.

A professional achievement

Being a Youth Minister at St Clare’s College has been a joy and privilege. Our Youth Ministry team comprises year 10-12 students who are so on fire with their faith and wanting to go deeper with Christ.

A personal achievement

Graduating with my Bachelor of Com­merce.

Something I have learned

That we are called to become Saints, that God is relentless in pursuing us and there is so much to uncover in the Mass.

A news event that affected me

The Pew Research Center found that only one-third of American Catholics believe that in the Mass the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus. Unfailingly our Lord makes himself fully present to us in the Eucharist to be fully in union with me.

How I approach 2020

To go deeper in my faith and relation­ship with God and uncover more who I have been created to be.

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In the 12 days leading up to Christmas we will be sharing daily reflections looking back on 2019. You can find the other reflections here.


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