I am originally from a small town in Illinois. Cradle Catholic, Catholic schools from grade school through high school but fell away from The Faith during the New Atheist days. I dabbled in different worldviews and practices for about a decade until God called me back home (via rock bottom) to His one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Currently residing in Virgina, serving in the Navy and studying Information Technology. I spend a lot of time learning about theology and philosophy. I am particularly interested in the Meaning Crisis and the work of John Vervaeke. I hope to grow in my faith alongside a fellowship of faithful Catholics, to be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. My faith life at the moment is growing in the direction of Marian devotion. I will be enrolling in the Brown Scapular Confraternity soon, and plan to make the Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary on Dev 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. I see addiction as being deeper than any one particular substance or behavior, and more as a manifestation of misplaced worship or idolatry. My concern at the moment is that I am pretty isolated and disconnected from any real substantive in person friendship and fellowship, but trying to see this as an opportunity. I know that I am not the only one feeling this way. I would love to help get Catholic in Recovery started in my local area. I look forward to getting to know others here.