Although technically a revert, baptized catholic infant, my parents stopped going to church when I was 4. I was not Catholic educated. I have had people tell me I am more of a convert than a revert.
I was “born again” in a Nazarene Church, found the wonderous workings of the Holy Spirit in an Assembly of God Church, and was at an Evangelical when God called me home to the Catholic Church.
It took several years. I found a Catechism of the Catholic Church for $4.99 at a local Christian bookstore. I picked it up because people were alway telling me what Catholics believed. Some would ask, but I honestly could not tell them anything. Sometimes people would say things that just did not sound right.
So when I bought the Catechism, I just used it for topical searches. For example, someone would say, "well they worship Mary. " I would look up Mary and read what it said about her. I would look up every Bible reference given, and skip over any argument or explanation that was not Biblical. I still have not read the whole thing cover to cover. :o
I was drawn to the Church, because God reminded me of a promise I had made when, I can only assume by the promptings of the Holy Spirit, a bishop agreed to marry me, a baptized Catholic who had not been to church since 15 (mom went back for about 6months), never had communion, not going to church, to my Lutheran baptized but never been to church, live in boyfriend. The bishop said, “would you raise any children Catholic?” “of course” was my glib answer.
What Clinched it for me was the Real Presence of Christ. It is so Biblical. You don’t have to bring in any ECF at all. It is all right there. I finally could not understand why a church that claimed to believe in the “Bible alone” could convolt Scripture so much to make it only a symbol. I realized I could no longer go to the Evangelical Church as I sat in the pew with tears running down my face and realized I could not receive communion with people who thought it was only a symbol. (Did not even understand at this point that Catholics are not supposed to, just completely convicted by the Holy Spirit!) I mean, it is ALL right there in the Bible.
The most dramatic differences was praying to Saints. But if you can expain it and always use the words we ask … to pray for us, it should help. Also, the awe and reverence. In all of my Churches, Jesus was always our loving Friend. But I think in the Catholic Church, we do not lose sight of the fact that He is also God.
What did I draw most comfort from? To this day, it may seem wierd, but I draw most comfort from the Bible. So many people stress the fact of Scripture and Tradition, that somehow, an Evangelical like me thought that we had to accept a whole host of things not in the Bible. What I have found is it is not so much not in the Bible, everything has a kernel in Scripture, (this is called something but I don’t remember what?), but Tradition is more of proper interpretation of Scripture. Tradition tells us to interpret John 6 literally. Tradition teaches us what “cloud of witnesses” mean.
So to this day, I love to “find it in the Bible”. I am a born again, Bible thumping, Jesus Freak, Catholic Christian.
Hope this helps. Feel free to ask more questions of me. I got lots of more stories to tell!
Your sister in Christ,