So which is it? A warning from God, a blessing from God, or an attack by Satan?
Every time I have tried to return to the Catholic Church my family is immediately plagued with one crisis after the next. I’ve had faith struggles for years - this past few months have been the worst ever.
For those who don’t know me or don’t remember, I was formerly Catholic, but about 4 years ago I got on a Sola Scriptura trip and decided to join a Mennonite Church (well, technically didn’t join. Just joined the community, visited worship services, studied with them, etc…). Everything is well in our lives as a Mennonite. But a few times I’ve had doubts about what I’ve done and reconciled with the CC and returned to Mass. It never fails though. Every single time either some fluke thing happens to prevent me from going to Confession, or within just days of being reconciled something serious will happen to one of our family.
Years ago, I would have read something like this and said it’s just coincidence, but I’m telling you that this has been going on for a looooooong time and without fail e v e r y s i n g l e t i m e ! ! ! I have tried not to let these occurances pursuade my decisions, but now it’s starting to worry me. In the past, when I’d return to the Mennonites (not b/c of these occurances…), peace would return and stay for the most part. I mean, nothing is ever perfect, but everything seems “normal” at least. I’ve just returned to the CC again after about a 6 month lapse and I’ve also had a lot of trouble with my faith in general (I think a result of my studies with the Mennonites. But that’s another thread…). I am reconciled with the Church now, and have been going to Mass for 2 weeks, and here we are again with one crisis after the next.
It just can’t be coincidence. But I also don’t know what it means. Perhaps your Catholic p.o.v. will be that the guy downstairs wants to scare me back into the Mennonite church (would that really be such a victory for him???) or perhaps that God is giving me opportunites to grow closer to Him through these crises? Maybe the Mennonites would say God is trying to tell me what I did was wrong (coming back to the CC).
And I truly don’t know what to think. And I realize what youhave to offer may not be more than just some friendly advice or mere speculation.
Just hoping for a little insight, and maybe a few prayers.