A full-time paramedic and a volunteer firefighter, Tim Benamati receives many calls to help save people's lives. But after years of drifting away from the Church, he received a more subtle call to come back: He needed to be healed.
"During my teenage years and early 20s, I slowly drifted away and stopped going to church on a regular basis," Tim says. "Then one Saturday evening, I was in the area of the church that my father took me to as a child, and for whatever reason, I decided I needed to stop for Mass. The liturgy was just finishing, so I spoke with the priest who heard my confession and I started the process of getting back involved."
Tim says the experience wasn't exactly like Saul being knocked off his horse on the road to Damascus; rather, it was a nudge, a subtle voice that reminded him of why he was grounded in the Church as a child.
"Since coming back to the Church, I have a greater sense of calmness," Tim says. "The way my job is portrayed on television, you only see the hero aspect of it. You don't see the stressful side of it. I attend Mass as much as possible, try to say the rosary each day going to or coming from work, and I read the Bible daily. I also have a deep sense of knowing that it's not in my hands to save a life because it's not our plans that will determine what will happen."
Tim serves the Church through events like fire-safety talks and helping get safety and first aid supplies and equipment donated to the church.
"I try to help out where I can with the skills I've been given," Tim says.
Now that he has returned to Holy Family Church, Tim has made a planned gift that will benefit the Church long after his lifetime.
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