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Nothing can be loved at speed

Mary Osborne describes her journey into depth and faith during her time at university

Nothing can be loved at speed

I arrived at university an uncomfortable atheist. I’d grown up in a liberal Anglo-Catholic family with a father, uncle, and grandfather for priests, but I had lost my faith as a teenager. God felt unnecessary, and I was unimpressed by the Christians I saw at church.

I spent a gap year living in a Catholic L’Arche community in France, an intentional care community for people with and without intellectual disabilities. I was deeply moved by the faith of the community and the beauty of the sacraments. By October 2019, when I started my first year, I felt I was brushing against something life-changing. Still, I actively resisted the idea that it might be God; it felt just too improbable and I couldn’t bear to risk being wrong.

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