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He had at least a passion, although it was against God. Suffice to say, however, his giant tome gives you a pretty intense overview of why the Protestant Reformers split from the Catholic Church in the 16th century and what was happening in culture and society in such a seminal time and place. May all families be united as one especially in professing their faith, including mine. When my eldest son recently asked about Catholicism, I told him, “No other Christian gathering has the Real Presence. As a naive, curious Christian I began to read the Early Church Fathers only to find out that they were startlingly Catholic. Welcome home! Our two boys are 12 and 14 and will be baptized, receive First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. I was also a silent witness. « A Day in the Life of a Work at Home Homeschooling Mom. It is a different way of giving praise to the One God and it is extraordinarily beautiful. But, I love to hear people’s conversion stories and I praise you for sharing it. Actually, quite the opposite. But now I understand why. It can be too easy for us to fall asleep and we need people and stories like yours to help awaken us. It is such an exciting time. God gives very good gifts, and loves us very much. MacCulloch, a self-described lapsed Anglican, describes the time of the Reformation with sometimes mind-numbingly minute detail. After going through several faiths, the day I was faced with walking up to receive a wafer-I knew immediately-I was not to receive! ... the Catholic church has failed to deliver what people consider fundamental products of religion: spiritual sustenance and a good worship service." In fact I witnessed Christ being worshiped and adored in such a beautiful way that many days I would just stand with tears in my eyes completely in awe of the sacred mysteries celebrated in the Mass. I remembered him and his blog immediately. I liked what I was reading so I subscribed. It is a struggle even though he is not anti-theistic and is very respectful of my beliefs. The more they study their own faith, or the Bible, the more uncertain they become. The Church gave the world that Scripture. Your story sounded so much like theirs to me Scott Hahn sitting in amazement at his first mass, “Wait a minute, this all sounds familiar! I am so happy for you to both find the Church and unity. What a wonderful story! Have a happy and blessed Easter! If you have followed my blog for any time at all, you’ll probably remember a few posts about my husband being an unbeliever and the dynamics of our spiritually mismatched marriage. I was certain the problem was me, my expectations were too high, etc. Welcome home! Thank you for sharing this story. Amen sister. Yes, I was a little shocked to learn that it was such a long process. After returning I realized what an terrible thing my relative had done to me and herself. Added books to the Bible? Blessings. Thank you for sharing your journey and inspiring me to reexamine my roots at this difficult time in my Arch Diocese and the community in my home state. Thanks for sharing and we will lift your family up this Easter as well as all those entering the church! Popes haven’t added any doctrines but have defined things that were questioned. They can introduce you to the right people to make the transition. Again, welcome home! I will keep you and your family in my prayers for Easter!! I love to hear others’ stories. He said the turning point for him was when a Catholic asked him what is \" This weekend will truly be amazing for you. How much of Martin Luther’s personal story of enlightenment is exaggerated. http://www.gotquestions.org/ransom.html My husband converted 5 years ago and I was so proud of him then. He told me that he didn’t expect me to change churches. http://www.northerncffamily.blogspot.com/p/catholic-conversion-story.html. Be with my sister as she rejoices in your resurrection! So touched by this post. So you think that by quoting Eph.2:8-9 (and leaving out verse 10), you’ve taken down the 2000 year old Catholic Church? He has even defended the Catholic Faith to others. It’s hard for Protestants to understand. What a beautiful and powerful testimony of your prayers for your husband being answered. With my husband and 2 of our kids. God bless in Christ!! This weekend is going to be amazing. Welcome home!!! We won’t be challenged because we don’t need to be. I encourage each of you to study Early Church history. i just ignored from them what i heard as they still need to study firts the story of the catholic church. )], [See also: The Largest Collection of Relics Outside the Vatican Is In… Pittsburgh, PA? Pray for God to steer you to the right people who can help you make this transition. Yes, that made things difficult. :-) I believe that the fundamental difference between protestants and Catholics is that Catholics think that the pope and church tradition, as passed down in the papal line, are equal in authority to the Bible, while protestants believe in the Bible as the only authority. What a touching a beautiful story. I, too, am 2 days away from receiving Christ – body, blood, soul, and divinity in the Holy Eucharist at Easter Vigil!!! My formula for getting Catholics to leave the Church usually consisted of three steps. My first husband’s mother and father were Catholic although they did not raise their children to be. Praise be to God! Hugs! x. Congratulations! They said that they were not engaged in the catholic church. Heather, I am so happy for you and your husband. A few years later, after we had two children, we seriously considered joining the church but life got in the way and we ended up divorcing after 18 years of marriage. Thanks so much for sharing your story. I was absolutely in awe at the beauty of the service. I will be praying for you and your husband tomorrow night at the Easter Vigil. O, I am always the last to jump on the kitchen applia, “You have your slippers on!” So, naturally, I wanted to help others to avoid a similar fate. Along I brought my 3 youngest children and they’re being raised Catholic. My childhood friend, who is now a priest has recently sparked a curiosity to visit and I can’t seem to shake the thought. I chose the 800-page Reformationby Diarmaid MacCulloch (among other sources I’ve read since). Based on the comments here you have a huge community supporting you every step of the way! If you’ve found a closer relationship with God in a way that is consistent with the Gospel then all I can do is wish you all the best and be happy for you. Am happy for you & your family, Heather. This is why you both have been on my mind. Hi Angie! They see prayerful, studious, and holy men and women encounter the same Christ in … If you’re Protestant, great. My husband is not Catholic, he comes from a Baptist background. I guess I don’t understand what really made you turn from the Protestant faith. I’m a Catholic revert, meaning I was born Catholic & fell away from the faith, became Protestant, and four years ago I came back home to the Catholic Church. For me, I can trace certain lines—a certain narrative—through nearly a decade’s long journey. Caution! I could feel the excitement you are experiencing and I can’t wait to follow how God will continue to bless your marriage and family through the sacraments and His Church. [See also: What Changed This Protestant’s Mind About the Eucharist], [See also: Dear Catholics: Unsolicited Advice from an Evangelical Convert]. I needed the encouragement to move forward. Welcome home and congratulations! It can’t be based purely on an emotional decision; you are joining the Church that Christ himself began. No passion. !” when realizing all of mass scripture. What a beautiful story Heather. The minute you give an inch to God, He’ll take a mile, and He may very well take you to a place you don’t want to go. I’m different than I was when I began this journey. No one can out do God! We also paid for masses to say prayers to get them out. You can find Part 1 here and you can find Part 2 here. My husband came home one day after 12 years of marriage and said he stopped by a catholic church to talk to them about becoming Catholic. Of what I know of the Catholic Church, I’m just not sure if it lines up with what we are studying at church from the Bible. Although, if you’ve come this far, and all else fails, maybe you should just become a Catholic. It is such a gift and blessing. Congratulations! God bless you, girl. I needed to go “home” to receive the Eucharist. I would never have guessed that your family would have struggled with that issue. I am always inspired reading these kind of stories…, Welcome home!!! Thanks so much for sharing it! The God our Father knows everything, sees everything, knows us better than ourselves, He has the power to do everyting, and He love us. I’m a Protestant married to another Protestant and together we’re discerning our call to follow Jesus wherever He leads us. I know that not only do I have family and friends praying for me, but I also have an entire army of Saints and Angels interceding on my behalf. I dug and I dug. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I read something in Scripture and swore I had never seen that before. I have been Catholic for 25 years as of the Feast of the Annunciation, and it’s the best decision I have ever made. I am also being received into the Church on Saturday. You and your husband. May God bless you all. In the 80’s Scott and his wife Kimberly were part of a wave of famous Catholic converts from Protestantism. This testimony has brought tears to my eyes, and flooded me with questions again. All this to say that YOU can be Catholic and receive all the benefits and be married to a non-Catholic as long as you have your marriage “blessed” by a priest. Welcome to the Catholic Church!!!! and seek its origin. Congratulations to you, Amy!! And guess what, those Catholics, they didn’t add any books to your Bible! So very happy for you and your family! Don’t try to pray the rosary (it’s shockingly easy to learn!). I am so, so excited for you. We know what we believe! You all remain in my heart and prayers. This could, ultimately, be your greatest mistake. I found that becoming Catholic changed everything in my life. The next mistake you might make is to meet some great Catholics. In his spare time he reads books, looks at birds through binoculars, and blogs at, From Cocaine To Christ: The Miraculous Catholic Conversion Story of a Former Addict, Catholic NFL Quarterback Philip Rivers Honors St. Sebastian’s Feast in Retirement Statement, 13-Year-Old Kidney Patient Creates Beautiful Catholic Paintings for Treatment Fundraising, Angels Are Real: 3 Mystical Encounters of the Saints with the Heavenly Angels, How to Choose Your Patron Saint, in 4 Easy Steps, 5 Beautiful Ways I Learned How to “Live Jesus” After Visiting an Alabama Monastery, 8 Black Saints & Holy People of God Every Catholic Should Know, With Prayers for Intercession, Already Failed at Your Lenten Penance? Oh, sweet friend, you have me in tears! Have you read Rome Sweet Home? May God continue to bless you both always!!!!!!!! Becoming a Catholic will change the rest of your life. One of the questions I get asked most often when p. Read Part II of my conversion story, Becoming Catholic: My Easter Vigil Experience here. Never, ever doubt that God loves you and that He has plans for you. From a former protestant pastor and his wife (me), I am also sharing from my heart and in love, both to you and to Jesus and His Church, which I will defend when maligned. As a “cradle Catholic” this brought tears to my eyes. I’m not a Catholic for various reasons, but I still consider Catholics to be Christians. I’m not surprised he converted. My family came into the Church 8 years ago, Easter Vigil is still my favorite and makes my heart so filled with joy that I still cry. I converted nine years ago and it continues to be a beautiful experience. )One Mediator. Sadly,not all Protestant churches present the gospel clearly anymore! I researched the Catholic Church for 3 years and found my home there 4 years ago this Easter. ” Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matt 20:28, If you paid a ransom to get your child back, would you need to do anything else? So happy for you. Check Answer. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. Which was kind of strange because Ive been a nondenominationamal and everyother kind of christian for the last 15 years and no disrespect to the Lord or my fellow christians but I knew He was there but I felt extremely far away and hard to get intouch with our God. I say all these things in love, i guess you will not post this. God bless you! Happy Easter. For example, in the Roman Catholic church, only unmarried males can become priests. Oh, and YES, the Eucharist! Now you will be part of this amazing family! Finished! Welcome home!! I’ll be praying for you all on Saturday. Your husband has been on my mind lately and so have you. I am an ex Roman catholic who by Gods grace was made one of the elect and am now a Reformed Protestant. Thank you. Mr. Biden's Catholic faith caused few ripples on the campaign trail, in stark contrast to the attention that surrounded John F. Kennedy's religion when he ran for president in 1960. What a beautiful story. Because at a certain point in my journey towards Catholicism I realized that for all the book learning I’d done, for all the lectures and stories I’d watched, and for all the conversations I’d had (mostly with myself) I simply had to begin to live the Catholic life. God bless you all! I have spoken to somewhere between 50-100 Protestant ministers who have become Catholic or are contemplating entry into full communion with the Catholic Church. My story is quite similar in a different way. But know why you believe what you believe. I came into the church in 2006, I loved reading your story because it brought back some fond memories of my own journey to Rome. I’m warning you, God will do some amazing things in your life once you choose Him. The popularity of Scott, and then Kimberly’s, stories touched off a massive wave of Catholic conversions and encouraged the pair to write a book based on their experience called Rome Sweet Home. We’re not scared to think about the Bible, the Sacraments, or the Christian Church in a new way. Unfortunately our daughters will not be joining us. Welcome home. I’ve never attended so this will be a first for me. How politics, war, and the European dynasties proliferated and exacerbated tensions. My son’s girlfriend will also be coming into the Church this weekend after a long journey. PROTESTANT:If the sinner is granted right standing with God through faith(“born-again”), he will then … Welcome! “Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world” is either true or not(which I know from the mass when i was young). Thanks be to God, and Welcome Home!! This is exactly how I have felt for many, many years. I would recommend reading the infallible Church councils.. Start with Nicaea and just read read read. . assured. Welcome home Heather, blessings to you and your family ♥ Warmly, Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your incredible journey with us. God Bless! I will say a prayer for you and your husband on Saturday! Also felt line we lacked reverence and respect of how holy He is. I also noted how it is almost sinful to not be catholic if I may say so. Way to take a leap of faith, to really study and push yourself to know more and not settle for anything less. I’m a cradle Catholic and am so thankful for this precious gift. I converted from Protestant to Greek Orthodox many years ago – on Pascha (Easter) – and your story resonates with me in so many ways! Your journey of growing and learning has only just begun. In the story of Scott and Kimberley, and the stories of other converts to Catholicism, you’ll see echoes of your own faith journey. Welcome Home! Preparation for reception into the Church begins with the inquiry stage, in which the unbaptized person begins to learn about the Catholic faith and decide whether to embrace it.The first formal step to Catholicism begins with the rite of reception into the order of catechumens, in which the unbaptized express their desire and intention to become Christians. CATHOLIC:If a sinner becomes “born-again” (the regenerating, transforming process of character), he will achieve right standing with God. I’ve always felt drawn to the Catholic Church. I loved reading your story. Again, easy to look up. Welcome Home! It is like my eyes had been opened finally. The WORD is fed to us by partaking in the Holy Eucharist! At least half of those leaving the Roman Catholic Church become Protestant. For me, it was a particular, miraculous journey that I’ve been writing about for a few months now. My marriage is now blessed in the Church and both my husband and I are Catholic. You can start with one or the other, but you will need to have completed sufficient instruction AND be attending regular services before you can become a full member of the Catholic faith. This was a man that I could be married to. There are so many CHRISTIANS who believe we are a cult and wodship Mary and are being led astray by the devil it is disheartening but God led me here. Linda, will you contact me please: alfenner@hotmail.com. Tell the pastor of the church you want to become a Christian. You must simply stop praying altogether. This is a beautiful story. . That He was HOLY. So very excited for you! Thank you for your beautiful testimony! Instead, the Early Church is decidedly Catholic in its doctrine and its hierarchical structure, and if you’re not careful, you may come to a similarly shocking conclusion as I did. The last page of the Bible says not to add anything to it. We must, at this point, completely refuse to challenge our faith. The Holy Spirit has been guiding the apostles and their successors since Pentecost (John 16:12-15). Reading a conversion story as fulsome as Rome Sweet Home is dangerous. Protestants are not open at all to papal primacy. “I’m so glad. Friends, I offer some unsolicited advice: here’s how to not become a Catholic. How so much of the Reformation was thrust forward by cultural, not religious, details. Seriously, you could have picked me up off the floor. I am a craddle Catholic and I love reading testimonies on those who coming home. May God continue to pour out His graces upon you both. It enriched my own continuous journey to know my own faith even more deeper. 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