Oh, God Bless you, NeedingTruth! Honest questions always deserve honest answers.:heaven:
I was in an “evangelical” church for years. May I offer something that helped me after much searching?
When we are outside of something, looking in, it is often hard to understand it in its entirety.
Years ago, before my conversion to The Church, I was posting questions on another website, where a kind monk would email answers. I was angry about so many things I did not understand. Where did this tradition and that tradition come from? On and on I went my angry way! One day, (and I sensed he was grinning from ear to ear awaiting my reply) he emailed this:
"Kathryn, you do know that there WAS no other Church for over 1500 years?":highprayer::signofcross::gopray2:
That did it for me. I replied
Not long afterward, I humbled myself, studying Church history a bit, but one day, walking into a Catholic Church and hearing the Rosary prayed aloud by the women gathered there before the early Mass, I became awestruck by the sheer beauty of what I saw and heard. I stayed on for the Mass, and returned again and again. Then I signed up for RCIA, the ancient “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.”
I later read the works of Dr. Scott Hahn, an ordained Presbyterian minister who also walked into a Catholic Mass and immediately saw that every scripture he’d studied pointed to the reality of the Mass. He converted, as did his wife. Some of their protestant friends thought they’d lost their minds. On the contrary, they had discovered the Mind of Christ and the Church Christ founded! Dr. Hahn’s books are profoundly moving. The Lamb’s Supper, The Mass as Heaven on Earth is astounding theologically. Rome, Sweet Home, (if I have that correctly) is wonderful.
For me, the Divine Continuity of the Church Christ founded is truly One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. He handed the Keys of the Kingdom to St. Peter, and said “Thou art Peter, and Upon this Rock I shall build my Church and the Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” Christ knew we would need a tangible, physical Church. We are the Church of the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. We stand for the dignity of life from conception, cradle, to grave. We stand staunchly against abortion while others allow it.
So, back to the light I spoke of: I learned that by standing inside the illumination of the Church’s instruction that I was bathed in the light of Christ’s compassion and Divine Mercy.
I saw a link recently called "How old is your church? Basically, it points to Christ as our Founder, while the countless denominations offered outside of The Church were founded by humans.
The Divine Continuity of Christ’s Holy Church truly can immerse us with Her light from above, within and all around us. Standing outside of Her instruction, I could not possibly know of the majesty and beauty of being part of Her, The Bride of Christ.
Yes. others may enter Heaven. Only God shall judge. But oh what a beautiful and gracious place is within the arms of The Church Christ founded, Our Spouse is Christ Himself. Our Mother, The Blessed Virgin, Our Church, the Sacraments and all the saints, (whom we venerate, *not *whom we worship!) All these and more are ours. So many common misunderstandings abound, but we must be instructed to know the Truth.
I am so happy to see you here inquiring! Often, that small still voice of God speaking to us will lead us to others who have converted from darkness into light.
Be under and surrounded by that light! Draw closer. Welcome to the journey of inquiry. :angel1:
Please come back and tell us how you are and what your questions are. And in the autumn, there is the renewal of RCIA classes. In the meantime, there may be someone at the parish nearest you who will encourage you to attend the Mass. God’s House is a House of prayer, and to observe the Mass and pray while discerning things, is a true blessing.
May God Our Father honor all your innermost yearnings!:getholy: