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I was born and baptized Catholic, but never attended mass, as my mom was not Catholic. I "converted" in my mid-thirties to honor my great aunt who is the Mother Superior in Traverse City, MI and was quickly approaching age 100 (and to honor the Lord as well). I got married to a non-practicing Catholic when I was 40 and unfortunately, we ran off to Vegas and so our wedding was not blessed by a priest. I want us to go to get blessed so I can attend mass. I am a teacher in a small, small town and when I dont receive Holy Communion, the kids question me and my sins... Rather embarassing and I dont think it sets a good example for the kids. I am working on my husband though and we are getting closer. I really want to return to the church.


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Hi all -- my husband is a cradle Catholic who fell away from the church. I am a convert (read my way in during grad school) who got him going again. God works in mysterious ways!





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Hubby and I are both cradle Catholics, daughter is Catholic, son-in-law converted to Catholicism, and two grandchildren currently enrolled in Catholic School. Hubby is also in the Secular Franciscan Order.

"A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it."

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When my husband and i were dating, he wanted to go to church and I said I would only go to a Catholic church. I had tried other services and they did not feel right. So we started going back to church. We were married and then became pregnant with twins who ended up coming into the world 10 weeks early. We ended up not going to mass a regularly during those forst 2 years, because they easily got sick.
By the time the girls were 3 we were back at mass regularly and my husband decided it was time for him to convert. We became involved in our parish doing Parish council and finaince councils and in 1990 we my husband got a new job in AZ.
We were blessed to find a warm friendly parish that was growing with young families. We had a son now too so it was good to find other couples to do things with. We got a new priest, Fr. Doug Lorig who is such a fabulous teacher. I ended up working at the parish and all of my family was very involved. I ran the Catholic elementary and preschool and grew in my faith.
A great site to send returning catholics is called Catholicscomehome.org. This site has many resources and testimonials. I am on one of them!! Tom Peterson, a friend, started the site and the ministry to help other fallen away Catholics come back to the church.
Check it out and let me know what you think


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IrishGrams,
It sounds like an interesting story. What drew your husband into the Church?

Glad to have you back home.

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I am a cradle Catholic that came back to the church through my husband who was not Catholic at the time! I have been blessed to minister to families, children and adults and share the beauty of our faith with them.

I am trained as a Catechist in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. This is a Montessori based program designed for children ages 3 to 12, but it is a fabulous formation for any age. I found the trainings were more of a retreat and formation for me than a training.
If you have the opportunity to visit a program I encourage you to do it. You can also read "The Religious Potential of the Child" by Sophia Cavaletti. This book give great insight into the presence of the Holy Spirit in children.

My faith has been enriched and strengthened through this program and I have been blessed by all the families, children and adults I have worked with.

Understanding how we are all called individually by name is just the beginning of knowing the love God has for each of us!



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I have O. Lukefahr's book right now on 'The Mass'. It is wonderful!. Great recommendation to go thru this series.


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The book is called "We Believe... a survey of the Catholic Faith" by Oscar Lukefahr. It's one in a homestudy series of books, but you can't get the next book until you send back the quiz from the first one. I really need to get working on it!

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What is the book that you are going to read? It sounds interesting.

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Hi there, new to the team.
I am a convert. My husband is a cradle Catholic, and I was born/raised Lutheran. We got married in a Lutheran church with both a pastor and priest officiating. We attended services at both the Lutheran church and the Catholic Church every Sunday (they were a block away from each other, and the service times worked out to where we could go to both.)
A year later, we decided to start trying for a family, and talking about what religion we'd raise our future children in. I decided to go through the RCIA program and converted at Easter Vigil 2006.
I still feel as though I have a LOT to learn about the Catholic faith. I did find a home study course and got a book from that, but then we finally did have a baby (who is going to be 2 in a couple weeks! Not a baby anymore I guess) and it seems like there's not enough time in the day. But I really do need to make time to read it and make that a priority.


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Welcome to the Team, and welcome back to the Church!
Thanks be to God for your re-vert back to the faith!

cj

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Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." -- (almost-Saint!) Pope John Paul II





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HI! I just found this group and am so happy to join up. I am a cradle Catholic who fell away, was lost for over 30 years and called back home again by the Holy Spirit, thanks be to God. Never again will anything ever separate me from the love of God. I pray many times daily, attend Mass every day that I can. In periods where I don't work for pay, you will find me at daily Mass. I'm active in the Respect Life ministry and visit the sick who are confined to nursing homes. I view taking good care of my health as something I do out of reverence for God, too. We are all made in His image and likeness, something that prevents me from abusing my own body or criticizing any of our brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray a rosary a day as I promised Our Blessed Mother years ago in thanksgiving for my beautiful Catholic faith. Spark People is a wonderful tool to help me stay on track with healthy eating, and exercising (My hardest part!)


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I like where the thread has gone, feel free to continue going 'off-topic'.

Kate - that is wonderful to suggest that to that woman. Thank you!

OBLAIDON - what a good idea to attend RCIA with someone.

cj

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Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." -- (almost-Saint!) Pope John Paul II





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Don't know if she'll accept that, but I've offered.
I love the fact that this thread has produced such awesome stories. I love the ones we read which are from ministers who have converted, and the like, but just as interesting are the stories of the everyday person in the pews who has found her/his way back or into the church.
God is so very good. Keep the posts coming, please. This inspires us all to come closer to Christ through the church's teachings.
Kate

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I know we are getting a little off subject, but that's okay.

I would find out when the first RCIA meets. Offer to attend with her. There is no obligation to become Catholic and make sure ahead of time the people are informed. We have a new RCIA starting in Sept. I plan on inviting someone I know and I look forward to going to the meetings with that person.



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I find it interesting that Protestants are so outraged at Catholicism, yet as you said, cj, they have broken off over and over again. I see many angry that we as Catholics accept authority.
Recently, I heard from a friend who's husband wants a divorce. He is well known in media and local churches for his support of Christian marriage and family, yet is seen with another woman while still married. Now, I know Catholic couples go through stuff, but our church does not condone this. I told her to check out the Catholic church. She said I was the 2nd person to say that. :)
So, I have invited her to our parish. Don't know if she'll come, but the invite is there.
Kate

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Very true.

I used to work at a Catholic daycare. One day, all of us were celebrating Mass with the children. One of my co-workers, a non-Catholic, Christian man asked me during Mass whether he could receive Communion. I explained that he couldn't and he took the opportunity to comment that in *his* faith, all were welcome (!). I politely pointed out that his Protestant religion had broken away from a faith that had broken away from a faith that had broken away from the Catholic faith, and that we were therefore not 'keeping others out' as much as they *had chosen* to be 'out'.

cj

Edited by: CJBAGGINS at: 5/24/2011 (18:12)
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Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." -- (almost-Saint!) Pope John Paul II





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Yes CJ, because many of them already know they are right. I just direct them to Catholic.com for answers, I also tell them to listen to our local Catholic radio station.

I think because of radio and because of forums like this one they are beginning to accept our faith. Remember, their religion was founded on breaking away from other churches. To break away they have to justify it. They feel the need to avangalize us.



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RESAMARIE/OBLAIDON - yes, it seems that Catholics need to be put down, in order for some people in other faiths to feel better about themselves. I've run across some Catholic-prejudice in my life, and I've been asked many questions. I feel adequate to answer basic questions ("Why do you 'worship' Mary?"; "Why do you pray for the dead?"; "What are saints anyway?", etc.), but get very annoyed when I am asked a question, and I begin to answer it, and I am immediately asked three others! I think sometimes, people do not actually want to hear the responses, but want to hear themselves talking!


I agree - they are awesome, Kate!

Thank you so much everyone for sharing your stories.


cj

Edited by: CJBAGGINS at: 5/23/2011 (18:22)
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This is so incredibly awesome! I'd love to put together a book of stories, with minimal editing, which I think would be a marvelous tool for the inquiry phase of RCIA.
I think one of the most powerful things we can leave for those who come after us is our journey to faith. That's one of the things I'm working on; helping others tell their stories.
This has energized me so much! Our sermon this morning was by our new (almost a year ordained) priest. He was a Marine who served three tours in Iraq. He knows firsthand about walking away from faith. He is not the most polished speaker, but he speaks so totally from the heart that it is really inspiring.
Keep the stories coming, and if anyone is interested in my idea, I would want to do something which may not make much money, but perhaps would get some real use in RCIA and for others who are searching. God is so awesome, and the stories I'm reading are marvelous. Thanks for all of them! :)

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Convert, April 2004. I went through the RCIA again a second time in 2007/08 just to learn some more. Definitely like coming home.

Julie (Ontario,Canada)
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Help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that You and I together can't handle.
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When I was raised in protestant churches it seemed they had to knock other churches to justify their right to be there. Many Catholics I knew couldn't answer my objections so I just thought my thoughts were valid. Also I noticed at a Catholic reception a camera got stolen. Wow, I thought some Christians these are...

I now understand that the Catholic Church is comprised of many people at different levels of the faith. We don't turn away sinners. We don't have a false feeling that our believers are saints and other believers are less than us.




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I am a born Catholic but I have visited many other churches to respect the love of God and Jesus Christ in other denominations. I enjoy speaking with people of other faiths because we have the same and one and only God. What bothers me is religions that follow Christ yet they condemn Catholics. I am not afraid to speak up.

When I was a child I wanted to become a nun. I always felt so close to God. Although I did not follow my first quest I have always been a faithful Catholic and I cherish the way we practice religion.

My husband is Catholic, born and baptized in a Mexican Grotto. He went to RCIA a few years ago to have his Communion and Confirmation. †

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emoticon - to the Team AND the Faith!

cj

“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there.” -- Clarence W. Hall

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Convert, I just had my year anniversary back in April. I converted from Southern Baptism, I began my journey over 2 years ago. I went through the RCIA class, and truly decided this was the religion for me.

I enjoy going to mass every Sunday, and I am enjoying bible study every Tuesday night. It was a great experience, especially having my Fiance as my sponsor. I cannot imagine going to another church service on Sundays now. I cannot wait to raise my children in the church, and get married in the church.

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Some wonderful stories here!
I haven't read them all, but I need to go and get off the computer now, so I'll be back later to finish.

DOLCIEBELLA - I love St. Anne's! I saw it for the first time last year, when we all went to Quebec. I'm so happy for you that it gave you such a spiritual 'shot-in-the-arm'! Beautiful!

AOHARA75 - getting some more 'catechism' is a wonderful idea. It depends on your parish and your area, but some priests may offer some talks or classes - ask around, talk to your priest. Also, there may be some good books that will help you.

I'm currently reading 'Rediscovering Catholicism' which is great so far.

Any other suggestions for AOHARA75 Critters?

cj

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Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." -- (almost-Saint!) Pope John Paul II





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God Bless th Gov. of INdiana-Mitch Daniels
Praise God for his work this Tue. May 10
He signed the bill into law to de-fund planned parenthoods.
He may be running for president...he has my vote!
God bless America for all including the unborn!

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
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I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
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I am a cradle Catholic ..I thank God for music ministry and my music career which did have a lot to do with keeping me forever connected and in love with my faith. I do thank God for placing me in the midst of some pretty amazing musicians and jobs in both the studio(Bob Hurd, Jaime Cortez,) and at a Catholic hospital(paliative care as a vocalist for end of life patients). He just doesn't seem to give me enough time to stray...I am forever grateful. This does not mean that my prayer life has not gone through some dry periods ..boy those wretched 30 something years...not as prayerful but still and active Catholic. Then came the roaring 40s for this mom and wife.. a wonderful priest would stand outside the church as I dropped of our children for class. He pretty much walked me in and sat me down in the pews for daily Mass...I got hungry for more...it of course helped that he became a family friend and a regular at our home. God again, had a plan for this simple mom of 2 and wife of now 23 years...
Here I am now ,48 and busy as ever-1 college son at Dominican Univ. in San Rafael a sweet HS sophomore, mued teacher at our Catholic school, music minister at our parish, pro-life activist , wife and music director for our Catholic HS liturgies ) and yet the Lord has plunked me down again as often as possible in our Parish church. I do know that if God lets me sit idle..I may get myself in trouble, distracted from Him and I am just plain and simple overjoyed for His intervention...keep me busy Lord. I am here to do your will.
My extra challenge is to truly keep active and drop those nagging pounds..dagnabit!

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ABORTION SAYS "I SACRIFICE THE OTHER PERSON FOR THE GOOD OF MYSELF."
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AOHARA75, I can relate to your story. I am a cradle Catholic who fell out of the cradle for several years. My search for the "right faith" for me went on for some years. Then I started watching EWTN and went to RCIA classes. Yes, I had all my sacraments, but I really did not know about my faith so RCIA classes helped me. I came back to the Church and I have a new understanding, appreciation and love for my faith.

I would suggest finding a parish were you feel comfortable. Then talking to the priest and asking him to help you find your way back home. It also helped me to start praying the rosary--I did it one decade at first and worked my way up as time went on.

Little did I know that one day I would be working with a wonderful priest, helping people perpare for their love one's funeral Mass, visiting the sick, managing a Catholic cemetery and teaching religious education.

I am here if you need someone to talk with.

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Trying to be a revert (or maybe just a lost cradle?) as I never tried other religions.

My mother made a deal with my brother, sister, and me that if we got confirmed we could just go to church on Christmas and Easter and we all took advantage of this. I usually enjoyed Mass when I was younger but I guess I didn't like the Sunday morning so I've been going to the Saturday Vigil masses every week since I started going back this past Lent. I felt the need after a rough year at work last year.

I feel like I didn't get properly catechized (sp?) and am trying to make up for it but am not quite sure where to start.

This is all really ironic because my mother has and Infant of Prague and I remember being eager to change the cloak based on the liturgical season. So I'm trying.


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Cradle/revert....I was lost for a little bit but still held on to my beliefs....I still believed in my religion but didnt Practice the way I should have....but then I went on this group pilgrimage to Quebec to visit several churches (most of them very old and beautiful). My favorite was saint Anne's. It is the biggest church I have ever been to. It was gorgeous. We stayed in Quebec for 4 days We would start the day early visiting the different places. Tar Ellington to each place in a big bus and along the way we would either pray, say the rosary, or sing hymns We would end each night with another mass followed by a candle light procession. When the trip was over I was sad to go home but I went home with a new outlook on my spirituality I now go to mass every Sunday, pray the rosary as often as I can, and read my daily reflections.

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Convert - as one of the others says it's like coming home!

When all your desires are distilled, you will cast just two votes: to love more and to be happy.

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Cradle they used to call my grandmother the Pope in our Parish.


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Yes, JCEdit, that makes you a revert. Welcome home.

I am a convert. I was baptised Catholic. I was Methodist in grade school. I became Baptist in Junior High. General protestant not going to any church until my son was about 5.

In 1995 I went to RCIA to find out what I was "protesting against" and to answer the questions on why I didn't go up for communion when they arose. I really didn't think I was going to become Catholic until I heard Scott Haan talk about his conversion. It seemed to come all together. I was confirmed and received my first official communion in 1996.

Let me know if anyone out their has struggled with conversion. I will help.

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I AM A cradle Catholic, but when I turned 20, I left the Church, and wondered for many years, searching for something. At 47 I met a man I married. He was a strong Catholic, and as much as I fought it, I decided to come back, I too went through the RCIA program, as it was suggest by our Priest. Now, I am flying high, and I love it. I am on the team for the RCIA and it has been a great part of my life. So much as changed, and now I know I am home, but I think I needed to find that out for myself.
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Convert. Converted in 1984. It was like coming home.

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But I believe that I will not be overcome.
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Convert, but it took me a long time to get here!
I was baptized and confirmed in the Anglican church in Canada, and then started exploring other denominations and Judaism. I kept being drawn to the Catholic church and wanted to convert in the 1950's, but my dad wanted me to wait until I was 18. By then, I had pretty much drifted away from any religion.
Years later, I returned to the Anglican church but I felt as if something was missing and finally realized that the Catholic church was what I wanted. I entered into RCIA in 1998, and was confirmed at the Easter Vigil in 1999.
Even after my initial joy at finally being Catholic, I drifted off for a few years, but for the past couple of years I have been back, and this time I know it's for good! I joined the RCIA class again this past year, and was proud to walk to the front of the church with our 'new' people who were baptized and confirmed at the Easter Vigil.
So, I guess I'm both a convert and a revert!
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Cradle, but I'm a revert. I told my dad as a senior in high school that he could force my body to Mass, but not my soul! I remember having our own Easter sunrise service with a loaf of bread and bottle of wine out in the park when I was in college. I became a Bahai for a time, but when I went to a child's funeral, I realized I didn't have what I'd need if I lost one of mine. I went back to Mass, and finally to Confession.
I was pretty out there still, but have come back into full acceptance and belief in the Church's teachings. I still have a long way to go, but I'm so glad to be home.
Crimscout, how awesome that you'll be a deacon! God is good! I think that for everyone there is a time when you make your faith your own if you are a cradle Catholic.
Keep the stories coming. This is great!
Kate

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Cradle.....I never really left the church. I've always had God with me, but I hadn't attended mass for quite a few years. I would go every once in a while but not consistent. Since I met my fiance, we have been going back to church. We went to confession for the time in over 20 years and I've been attending mass weekly.

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Cradle, but I really found my "niche" if you will, when I joined our parish choir nearly 5 years ago. I've always loved to sing and I find it easiest to pray through song.

Sarah

"My life flows on in endless song above earth's lamentation. I hear the real though far-off hymn that hails a new creation. No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I'm clinging. It sounds and echoes in my soul. How can I keep from singing?"

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Cradle; but was lost for about 10 years; then returned. Does that make me a revert?

"You cannot accept another with a hateful heart. You cannot hear the other with a closed mind. You cannot embrace with closed arms. You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."
--Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi


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Cradle but I reaffirm time and time again.
Thanks everyone for sharing emoticon


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I was in grade school in the 60's and early 70's. That was a confusing time in the church. I feel like I wasn't catechized properly, although I couldn't have articulated that then. As a rebellious teenager I left the church and began seeking God on my own.

In the early 80's, I moved to Colorado, where I got involved in crystals, new age, and The Course in Miracles. When I returned to Illinois in the 90's, I met a woman who introduced me to a Hindu religion, where they actually believed this Hindu man was the God-Man and had inherited this state of being from his own father, who had inherited it from his father, etc. all the way back to Christ - the first God-Man. Yeah, I was wild.

Over the years I managed to check out many denominations: Baptist, Methodist, Evangelical Free, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Nazarene, and several nondenominationals. When I say I "checked them out" I mean I attended services for weeks, sometimes months, and the Pres. Church for 2 years. I studied their beliefs and got involved in their ministries, immersing myself in their cultures. I thought it was quite fascinating at the time.

But about 9 years ago, I was once again church-less. Nobody quite came up to par on the big questions. Nobody could answer me satisfactorily or definitively on, say, eternal salvation or hell or sin. I finally decided that it was time I check out Catholicism. I mean, I had spent a lot of time studying all these other belief systems, but I didn't even know what Catholics believed or why. My mom had a few apologetics books, and I decided to start there. Without her knowledge (didn't want to get her hopes up), I began borrowing the books one at a time. When I returned one, I would take another. One day my dad caught me. I swore him to secrecy.

One of the books that had a profound effect on me was Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic by David B. Curie. He talked about the big stuff: Communion, Scriptural Authority, Salvation, Mary, Eschatology and Moral Issues. It was eye-opening. I read some other books, and then felt the need to talk to someone about what I was learning and what I was still confused about. I called my parents' parish priest!

We met several times, and he filled in the gaps for me. He was a wonderful priest who hadn't come to the priesthood until his mid-30's. He was so reverent. He didn't take anything for granted. We met several times at the rectory and eventually the call to return to the church was so strong in me that I made an appointment with him for confession. We met in the church and sat in the front pew. I was TERRIFIED. I hadn't been to confession in over 20 years! It was a good and thorough confession. I agonized over it. It took me 45 minutes to get it all out, and I'm not a slow talker. The very next Sunday, I went to mass clean and received the Holy Eucharist and I've never looked back.

I continue to look forward, though. Catholic Radio is a mainstay in my life. My favorite shows are Catholic Answers, Mother Angelica, Father Corapi, Father Groeschel, Life on the Rock, and other programs I catch here and there. I listen to Christian music. And books! Whoo Hoo! I'm pretty much a nut for anything Catholic. My first few years back in the church I was crazy for apologetics. Love it! Then, moral issues. And now, I've even found some Catholic fiction!

My prayer life is full and consistent and grows and changes. My mainstays are the Rosary, the Imitation of Mary, and the Imitation of Christ, along with several prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and offering my prayers, works, joys and sufferings to the Lord and imploring the help of the Blessed Mother. And praying for the Holy Father and his intentions. And of course, the prayer to St. Michael. And the Memorare. And the Divine Mercy Chaplet!

I attend mass every week without fail, and try to go to one or two daily masses as well. I love the mass. From the actual church buildings to the Word to the Eucharist. Some days I would just like to curl up in the pew and sleep there.

Sorry this is so long. I hope it will be helpful to someone.





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Convert -- short version is that I attended RCIA classes with my husband and was won over. The real story, however, started many years before and is very long. emoticon

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Convert! It's a long story, but the short version is my Mom and I have always had a difficult relationship and I asked God to heal it. He did so by introducing me to his Mother.



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CRIMSCOUT - Yes He is!

GARDENGRAMMA - yeah. I figured some stories would be a little long. Share a little if you wish.

cj

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Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." -- (almost-Saint!) Pope John Paul II





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Convert in 1978....grew up Methodist with plans on becoming a minister. Now I am entering into the formation stage to become a permanent deacon in my diocese. Isn't God funny....and Great!


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Convert. It is not a short story. Maybe some day I will get it written down and will share.


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I'm curious - are you a convert, or a 'cradle Catholic", or a 'revert'?

Tell us your story!

cj

“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there.” -- Clarence W. Hall

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." -- (almost-Saint!) Pope John Paul II





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