Hello friends. I'm so glad I've found this forum. As someone who is in the process of converting its nice to know there are Catholics out there willing to listen and offer advice. Im not sure if I'm posting in the correct thread so please bear with me. Perhaps I should give a little background.
I was raised Methodist but as I grew older and went to Catholic school my freshman year of high school I felt what only can be described as a calling to convert. I admit I lost faith in my early twenties after a series a tragedies and personal issues. I was a broken person. But somehow my faith was renewed, especially after the birth of my daughter past August. I thought after I set up her Christening in my old Methodist church that I would just raise her Methodist but after the service I realized more than ever that the Methodist Chrich was no longer "home" to me.
I set up a meeting with our local parishes rcia administrator, sister Rita. She was wonderful and my little daughter loved her. I was discouraged when I was told that our parish only does Rcia once a year and I would have to wait until September to start. I am baptized, went to church most of my life and have had some catechism (religion class everyday for a year). Never the less, I have been going to mass weekly and I must tell you I really enjoy it. I feel happier than I have in years.
My parents are confused by my conversion. They don't understand why I want to be catholic. My husband is too (he is a Southern Baptist) although he is supportive. I want to raise our daughter in the church and send her to catholic school. How can I explain to people without sounding hokey, that I felt a calling and I answered?