My name is Davide Bianchini, and I am a seminarian studying for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. I have been discerning a vocation off and on for a number of years, feeling originally drawn to religious life. After graduating college, and working as an engineer for three years, I then quit my job and entered a Franciscan community, until discerning out of their novitiate. Still sure of my vocation, but unsure as to where to go, I then started up a book scanning business to help my mother financially and continue discernment. To my surprise, God blessed me with more success than I could possibly imagine. Yet through it all I never doubted my vocation. After paying off our debt, I eventually sold the business, entered seminary, and have never looked back since.
I would say, my faith journey is somewhat common: I was born Catholic, but never really took ownership of the faith for many years, living a more or less marginal life. It wasn't until my faith was challenged by a few Protestants, that I was propelled into a deeper study of Catholicism. This led me to ask many questions. And the more questions I asked, the more I realized just how reasonable and beautiful the Catholic faith really is. The more I studied, the more I began to fall in love with God, to desire prayer, to go to daily Mass, Adoration, and to read the saints. I consumed as many books by the saints as I could find. In fact, I found in the saints a gold mine of treasure, which opened up to me the richness of the Catholic faith in a way that nothing else has. It is my hope to one day share the richness and splendor that I have discovered in the Catholic Church; her prayer, her liturgy, her reasonableness, and her towering saints.
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