Well, I was looking around at the various teams and found you, and I have to tell you that I am just retired from teaching secondary English in public school for 24 years. I like to write, especially spiritual things, and I love to be a lector at Mass. I have been a catechist off and on for many years--have also been a Eucharistic minister, but am currently working behind the scenes in the Good Shepherd program and putting my energies into a blog I have begun and into lectoring when the opportunity arises.
I wanted to be a Catholic from third grade on when my public school bus stopped to load some children at a school right across from a Catholic school. It was not until the 11th grade that I converted with my parents' approval--won't say it was really approval at the time--but, in later years they too became converts. My journey has been a bumpy one--you would think that arriving where I longed to be for so long would satisfy me, but, I arrived at that place on the eve of my college experience in the 60's and 70's. LOL!
But, what has never changed for me in my journey is my deep love for the Mass, my ongoing absolute immersion in the earthly and heavenly praise and worship of the Lord. The intimacy I find with the Lord in and through worship is the reason I became Catholic in the first place--and it is the first reason I remain a Catholic today.
Fortunately, I am familiar with many Protestant churches which I experienced firsthand before my conversion--or should I say during the conversion process--and in the 80's, I took a brief hiatus from teaching to be a reporter of religion, social services, and medicine, a position which gave me even more exposure to Christian networking.
Part of my journey is conversing with other Christians irregardless of labels. I think it is so important for us all to honor our individual and community labels but never to let them be walls that close out communication. Frankly, we are living in a world in which we Christians all need one another. When fixing our eyes upon the Lord of Lords, we need to be holding one another's hands.
So, if someone said, "Do you have a motto?" I guess I would have to say no but I do have a prayer: That we may be one in the Lord.
And I give glory and praise to His holy name, for He is Emmanuel, God With Us!
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