It’s very weird posting on here again. The last time I was on these forums, I was 18, just graduated from high school, and had no idea what God had in store for my life. Since then, I’ve earned my undergrad degree in Theology, Youth Ministry, and Spanish, am earning my masters in Biblical Theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, and am currently a Catholic high school teacher and volleyball/tennis coach. It’s good to be back!
I have a question to throw out there. God suprised me by leading my into a very special relationship with a non-Catholic. He was raised Lutheran, but doesn’t really practice his faith. I have always dreamed of having a true Catholic family and holding my husband’s hand before the Blessed Sacrament, but it seems that God is asking something else of my heart right now, and I have begun discerning marriage together with this man. While he doesn’t feel called to conversion yet, he is very open and supportive of my faith-he goes to Mass with me, prays the Rosary with me, talks about the Church with me, and has agreed to raise our children fully Catholic.
Recently, he asked if he might read the Theology of the Body book I had with me because he wanted to start learning even more about my faith so that he could understand it as well as possible in order to raise our children in the Church. Needless to say, I was a little hesitant to give him JPII’s full text as his first attempt at understanding the Church. I have since been looking around the different Catholic publishers for a really good book about the essentials of Catholicism specifically for a non-Catholic who might be entering into marriage with a Catholic. I’m learning toward something written by the Hahns, but I thought I’d through the question out here to see if any of you knew of a particulary inspired and helpful book?
Thank you so much for your help and, please, your prayers for God’s will in this!
In Christ’s Smile,