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emoticon So glad you found your place in the body of Christ! It's exciting to have God moving in your life in a new way. He is our Good Shepherd.

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I was born Catholic my parents took us away from the church when I was 9 at about 35 I started looking into religion as a whole not being impressed by any of them ...I went back to take a look a Catholicism and was truly surprised and awe struck the Church and her beauty, it was like a domino puzzle all the pieces just clicked and fell right into the next one the Bible started making sense all the rules my Mother thought were old fashioned and cruel I totally started to understand and surprisingly agree with, and luckily i was graced with the 1 2 punch of St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict 16th

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Thank you for sharing your story Lily. It is nice to have you with the group.

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I am a Cradle Catholic. I received some of the seven sacraments which were Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation and Marriage.

I grew up in Illinois. I went to Catholic grammar and 2 years of high school. I always thought I would be a nun... I left school, was married to a young man from our church. He always said he would die young and he died at 21 years old. We had a 6 month old baby boy.

My husbandís mother was a convert to the Catholic Church. She was one of best Catholic I have ever knew. She raised 2 children in the Catholic faith and volunteer at the Seminary school on weekend to help.

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emoticon MRSFIX2007! What is your convert story if you don't mind me asking. Have a blessed day.

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Convert. Joined Easter 2018

Everything can be offered up as a sacrifice. All of this. It can, it will, in the long run benefit not only me, but my family as well. It's a worth-while sacrifice no matter how long it takes. I must look for His glory in all of this.


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Great testimony deerlady45! The image you posted says it all. I am a convert. I married a Catholic and we raised our daughter in the Catholic church. I always felt my Christian faith and lifestyle connected me to the Catholic church as well as the Protestant. In the last few years, I had come to love the Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Eucharist, and appreciate the depth of the knowledge available through the CCC. My daughter was instrumental in explaining what the Eucharist meant to Catholics and other things that I came to appreciate. Then I realized that my Christian experience before Catholicism was very limited in doctrine and that this was a place I could learn more and expand my knowledge. I am however glad that I had a previous experience with Christ as I would not have experienced the Holy Spirit to the extent I have and still do without my Protestant background.

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I was a cradle and revert.. Catholic but being a hippie and flower child I decided I didn't need church I could find God in the woods I thought I don't need rules ... 11years later I seen the light and ran back to my forever church I walked in 5 minutes late! I was embarrassed but actually no one seemed to notice I was late.. now I have a great love for my church and know I missed a lot in those 11years but some times it is a big learning experience and I didn't have nearly the spiritual life I thought back in those days but I still like to go to the woods and be there in silence.. I love my church and church family.


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Congrats on 3 years in the Church, HDK328!

And congratulations on your 5th anniversary of your conversion - ALLEYCATPA!

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I'm a convert. Joined the Church at Easter Vigil in 2013. I'm so thrilled to be home.

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I was baptized in 2015 at the fine age of 27, my boyfriends family is catholic and my parents are catholic, and I’m still learning everyday. Life is challenging.

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cj, I do plan on going back soon.

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Hi Lori.
I apologize for the delay in replying to your post. I have not had much time for sparkpeople posting in the last few months as life intervenes often!

Thank you so much for your post. My heart goes out to you as it sounds like you have not had a very uplifting or pleasant experience where the Church is concerned.

I pray that what drew you back to the Church, before you were contacted for money, will draw you again.

May God bless you.
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I am a cradle Catholic. I had 4 great Aunts that were nuns, a Cousin and Great Uncle that were preist. When I was married, it was not a happy marriage I went to my xes church and listened to his family tell me how bad the catholic church was. I never had children. After my divorce I returned to church. That was in 91. Just recently I stopped going to church, I fell ill and was not able to attend. Then other things happened in my life.

I was about to go back to church, The church contacted me, they wanted to talk about a mystery type project. No One else we knew were contacted. It turned out that the diocese wanted us to pledge an enormous amount of money. We have not been back to church, I still pray, and believe in many of it's traditions.

This is long I know thanks for listening.
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Congrats on the 8 years of ministry!

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I am a cradle Catholic. I considered leaving the \\Catholic Church years ago but God had other plans. This year will be my eighth year on our parish's RCIA team!

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Mother Angelica was a crack up. I loved her too. Convert for 25 years. Went to every 1st Assembly of God and Foursquare church in the valley I live in. My mom played the piano at all of them. 7 in all.

Congrats to you and your family!!

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Welcome!
How exciting about your conversion!

Curious - what is "FMS"?

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Welcome to the team. You've come to the right place!

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Hello!

we are in the process of conversion! My husband and myself along with our two young girls. I am really excited and I adore everything Mother Angelica!!

Looking forward to making myself healthier, including spiritually. That and we're hoping to grow our family and I want as much every as possible with having small children and FMS. Nice to meet everyone!

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Welcome home! Gosh, our stories are similar. I, too, got sucked into the new age movement a bit with crystals, the Course in Miracles, and a Hindu religion. Wicked stuff. But God is faithful, and if we ask, he answers. I was seeking him all that time, and he finally got me back where I belong.

It sounds like you are really immersing yourself in the faith and service work. That's wonderful. I don't know about learning curves. I've been back about 13 years, and I feel like I will never find the bottom of the toy box. There is so much to read and learn and understand all the time, because as we live our faith, our understanding deepens. Things we thought we knew, we see in a different light. And there is so much to learn we can never learn it all! Keeps things interesting, doesn't it? I'm reading a lot about the Saints, and the Rosary, and books by other Catholics about our culture. I love our faith!

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Hi There -

Although I had answered this question there has been a deeper commitment in this past year which is probably why I missed this team so much. Family is family everywhere emoticon

I am a Re-vert after a long 40 year journey that included the Mormons, Wicca and New Age. Until finally a Catholic boss actually challenged me in his own way to study the Catholic faith as deeply as I studied the other paths that came along. That truly opened my eyes. I learned at that point I knew nothing about the Catholic Church at all and everything I thought I knew was wrong.

When my husband and I retired and moved to this small town we both came back fully and now volunteer at cleaning the church, and putting on the funeral luncheons. I also am a altar server and hubby and I are also Sacristans as well. I still feel like I am on a HUGE learner curve but am so happy to be home.

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Hi Smitty-B. I fell away in my teens and stayed away until about 12 years ago. But during that time, I kept searching. I spent a lot of time studying and experiencing other religions, but when I finally decided to study the religion I was raised in, Catholicism, God opened my heart to understand all the blessings and graces in the Catholic church and I am happy to say I have come home! If you have questions about the church or don't understand some things, call a local parish and ask to meet with the priest. That's what I did and it was very helpful. We met several times. Also, get a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church - so much great information about the church. And you might want to attend RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) - classes about the faith. I went through RCIA twice when I first came back to the church. It was very helpful. I hope you do get back to Catholicism. There is much here waiting for you!

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Cradle, and attended Catholic grade school thru 8th Grade. I fell away from the church when I went to college. Fast forward to current times, I guess you could say I'm extremely interested in getting back to Catholicism. I currently don't belong to a specific local church, however.

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Cradle. Attended Catholic schools Kindergarten thru 12th grade. Taught PSR for 6 years and Catholic day school for 4.

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Cradle and revert. Did a lot of searching and came back home full-time a few years ago. Read more on me on the Introduction thread...

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Cradle and revert.

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I'm a cradle Catholic.

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Cradle and revert. I was raised Catholic, but left during my teenage years for Paganism. I returned to the Church in January 2016.

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Amen!

I must be sleepy, when I first read your post, I thought you had written that you were "magically" Catholic, lol!

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Cradle and re-vert. Grew up marginally Catholic, almost left the Church for Protestantism, then discovered what it actually meant to be Catholic. So thankful for that grace!

Lauralyn, MST

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Cradle. Catholic middle school, high school & college emoticon

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Cradle - I never left but it wasn't until I was 27 (I'm 47 now) that I really began to appreciate the fullness of our beautiful faith.

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Cradle but then got lost in the wilderness and wandered in other groups but found my way out of the wilderness and am back home in the Catholic faith once more.
I have been truly blessed.

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Hey,

don't know if I let y'all know we came into the Church last Easter. So happy to be able to take Holy Eucharist and truly have Christ in me physically. What a wonderful Grace!!!

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Good morning all,

I've been married to a Catholic man 31 years now and 1 1/2 years ago I joined the Catholic faith. My mother in law never stopped praying that I would someday become Catholic. I'm so happy with my decision and I'm growing my in faith even more. It was great to find a Catholic Team on this website that loves their faith and trusts in Jesus to help them in life. I absolutely need help in losing weight and living a more healthy lifestyle. So through my faith and prayers and your help as well, I hope to lose those unwanted pounds. Thanks for being here!

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I was baptized Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic when I was 6 and my mother remarried. She and my sister went through instruction because they had been baptized in the Baptist church, which we attended before my mother's remarriage. My husband is a Roman Catholic convert from Presbyterianism thanks to the Blessed Mother and the green scapular. Our two boys are cradle Catholics who are away for now. We are praying for their reversion.

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I'm a convert, 17 years of being Catholic now. (I was pregnant with my second son when I formally entered the Church, so it's pretty easy to remember just how long it's been emoticon )

I was brought up in a non-denominational, rather anti-Catholic, church, moved into the Episcopal church until I hit this no-man's-land where I was having some serious problems with the way the Episcopal church was moving (deciding truth by majority vote is just not a good idea). I *really* struggled, but finally came over.

Now, I'm one of my parish's lectors.

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Hi SOPHIEDO13!

BYYOURGRACE - me, too!


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Happy convert

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Cradle catholic

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What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing it with us.

And welcome home!

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Hu. I am 60+ re-vert who was away from the Church for 30 years. I was determined never to come back, but in Y2K the Lord "tricked" me into stepping foot into the local parish one Sunday morning.

My intention was to prove to myself that it was "just a building"... there were so many cars in the parking lot and I couldn't believe how many people could still be so gullible.
The Lord overwhelmed me once I stepped inside, with a powerful conversation experience. "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid." He wrapped His arms around me, and I knew I was home.


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Congratulations to you and your husband, Nell! What wonderful news. The Church rejoices whenever someone returns to the Body of Christ!

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Welcome Home, Nell! So happy to have you come back to the Bride of Christ - the Catholic Church. I am a convert, too, and have been participating in Bible Study at my church for the past 6 years of so. I have learned so much and now really embrace the teachings of the church. The Catechism is one of my favorite books to read. :) It sounds like you have been doing some extensive studying yourself. That is wonderful. I never want to stop learning about the way the Lord works in our church. The more I learn, the hungrier I get to learn more. Thank You Jesus! I praise and thank Him for your conversion, too. Amen

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My husband and I were finally received as Catholics this week. I had to have my first marriage annulled, and he had to locate his first wife's Catholic baptismal certificate. Finally it's all done. We started taking the catechumenate classes, but since we knew more than they did on doctrine and practice, they waived that. It's been a long and complicated road, but we made it. I'm still getting my head around the changes in the Church in the last 50 years, but it's so good to finally be a member.

We spent over 20 years in an Anglo Catholic church, where they still face East, still have a priest, deacon and subdeacon, move the missal from the Epistle side to the Gospel side of the altar, still start every mass with asperges. Requiems are still done in black vestments. I miss that, but I will not accept female priests. The Anglo Catholics are followers of John Henry Newman, who himself got fed up with protestants and converted in 1845. It's my turn now.

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I am enjoying reading about everyone's faith journeys.

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I converted to Catholicism when I was pregnant with our first child. I wanted my husband and I to go to the same church and bring our family up together in the same church. Although I converted 42 years ago, I didn't really embrace the church until a few years ago when I started taking Bible Study and we studied the early church fathers. That really opened my heart to the Church. In a way I was really 'converted' then, even though I was practicing the faith and taking part in most of the sacraments. My suggestion to anyone who questions the teachings and practice of the Catholic Church, study the early church fathers and your eyes may be opened like mine were. Now I can say I am truly Catholic and I firmly believe that this is the Church that Christ instituted when He walked the earth some 2000 years ago. I love our Holy Mother and pray to her daily asking for her intercession to Our Lord and I take part in confession regularly - something that I thought I would never be comfortable doing. I praise God for His Holy Church, the Bride of Christ. In Jesus Name, Amen

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Newbie here!

I was raised in the Episcopal church and didn't know much about Catholicism until I met my husband in 2001. After a year or so of dating and attending masses with him, I did the RCIA program and was confirmed in 2003. We're now watching our second-grade son go through his sacraments of first reconciliation and communion this spring, which is very exciting!!

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I'm a cradle Catholic. My dad is a deacon. I had a very tumultuous time as a teenager so although I never left the faith and attended Mass on a pretty regular basis, I didn't receive confirmation until 2012 at age 34. I love that faith isn't static and that we have continuous opportunities to grow. I encourage everyone who hasn't been to Mass in awhile to find a good parish this Lenten season! It is so hard making that first step back into the church but Jesus is waiting for you!

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That's wonderful!
Do you make a profession of faith at Easter this year? or get baptized or confirmed?

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I am actually converting.I am in the RCIA classes.

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That's lovely that your mid-life Confirmation was so special to you! Congratulations!
Do you ever think of returning to Mass?

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Cradle catholic
Elementary 1st Communion
And mid life confirmation (very special)

But I haven't attended church in a year !!

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That's a good point, Leah!

I was Confirmed as an adult, and it meant a great deal to me.

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How wonderful, DORAYAKI!!! I've had friends who were adults when they were confirmed, too. It means more sometimes when you make a choice then when the choice is made for you...
What a beautiful Easter you are going to have!

Step into the unknown with confidence! Trust that in the darkness of that first step there will either be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly!
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How exciting to be preparing to receive Confirmation about the same time as your eldest receive First Communion!

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I'm a cradle Catholic but never went to Catholic school. My eldest are now of the age to make their First Holy Communion and I hope to get confirmed this year as this was never offered to me as a teenager - my parents didn't mention it. I haven't attended church regularly since I was quite young but believe and I do intend to go. Just life gets in the way (much like weight loss!)

My husband is not Catholic but our kids are - our agreement when we got married.

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Convert to the one religion that knows what it stands for, and though imperfect, searches for the truth, not what's popular.

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I think I'm that way, too. I remember when I became Catholic that I knew it was expected that I participate in Mass each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation, but there was no way anyone could get me there unless I had a reason that made sense to me.

Now I have one!

Then again, in my faith journey, I have also learned that sometimes, my obedience came *before* understanding. But that's a looooooong (and probably boring to anyone but me) story.

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Thank you CJ, I appreciate the welcome and I enjoy studying. I am the type who likes to know what, why, how, when etc. of anything I put my faith or trust in.

Actually what made me start thinking of re-examining the church was listening to Dr. Charles Stanley and Joyce Meyer. I received the guidance and wisdom from these two that God is a loving being and it isn't all fire and brimstone with Him. I have done a lot of independent study on the Bible and I feel it is time to figure out if I can be a Catholic or not. I am encouraged to explore it with fresh eyes and a new heart. I am not sure where the road will lead but I would like to try again!

I am keeping it quiet within my family because most don't practise and I don't need the pressure of it all. I am sure that was another reason I stopped attending church and considering myself part of the body.

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Hello!

Good to see you hear as well as in our other common teams!

Enjoy your exploring and discerning about the Faith. I'm sure that the other members of the team would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

All the best to you!
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Hi team, I just joined earlier! I was born catholic went to catholic school grades 6-8. I went to catechism a few years before going to catholic school (which I severely disliked btw!) After I turned 18 I gave it up because I felt it was wrong to practise something I didn't believe in. I was baptized, made my first communion and was confirmed into the church beforehand though.

I agree teaching and learning about being catholic was very poorly done in my church. It was a huge reason I left, also because everything felt repetitive and more about rules and guilt than anything!

I have learned so much about Prayer, The Rosary and Lent (and more) that I am thinking of following along with the church in 2015 and then deciding if I would like to possibly rejoin. I haven't been to service since round 1992 so its been a while ya?

Looking forward to participating on the boards! KAYAH~

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Good to have you join us!

What's AMDG?

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Cradle Catholic here :) Very glad to have found this team! Working on living life AMDG!

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Cradle catholic. Went to catholic elementary and high school! Teach in a catholic school!

Love my catholic faith!

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What a privilege!

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I am a cradle Catholic. I went to Catholic Grade School and had many religous courses. I also went through 3 1/2 years of Diaconate training, before I was asked to leave due to a health issue.

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I was born Catholic, went to Catholic grade school for 8 years.

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Thank you for all the great responses - detailed or not, Kristine emoticon

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Revert... L O N G story...lol.

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Cradle Catholic...
I grew up in the faith and never missed a Sunday or CCD class but I really "discovered" the faith in college. I barely knew anything about the faith despite never missing a Sunday or class - it was through a variety of experiences in college that I was able to begin my re-education of sorts by looking up the answers to my protestant friends's questions in the Catechism - that helped give me a place to start in understanding my faith. I then began buying and devouring Catholic books on the Eucharist. I remember coming home from college on a break and asking my parents how I managed to miss that we believed in the real presence? They were shocked as well that I didn't know (doubly shocked since they were my confirmation class teachers).

My husband and I both had similar experiences of rediscovering our faith in college, and making our consecration to Mary (we are both Knights of the Immaculata and met in a Knights of the Immaculata Young Adults group :) ). We feel so lucky to have rediscovered our faith and mourn for those in our generation that have fallen away due the poor cathechesis that most of us received in the 80s and 90s.

Sorry for the long winded answer :)
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Cradle Catholic! I'm thankful for that!

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Good ones or not? I am a convert of 7.

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Cradle Catholic raised in the 60's and 70's. I remember Vatican II. I remember serving Mass at the high altar and when Latin was the language of the Mass. I remember having to learn the Confetior before I was aloud to serve. those were the days!

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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