Hello everyone, my name is Mike. I’m just starting my journey to join the Catholic Church. So, a little back story. I was raised in a protestant home, went to church every week and did everything a good Christian was supposed to do. When I was around 19 I had a serious crisis of faith. I ended up looking into the Catholic Church in the hope that the hope that the routine would pull me back toward God. It didn’t seem to help at all but I met a priest, Fr. Tom who was different from any Christian I’d ever met. He seemed to really know God on a deep personal level.
In the end I gave up on Christianity as a whole soon after and started following Norse paganism. I was deeply involved in it for nearly six years. A couple times I started being drawn back to the faith but then I’d get angry and dive deeper into paganism. I finally came to a point just under a yeard ago where God spoke to me and I feel it was a last chance moment. I called out to him and prayed like I had never prayed before. I started going to a Nazarene church with my family but Fr. Tom and Catholicism kept nagging at the back of my mind.
Then about three months ago I was watching random stuff on YouTube and I stumbled across a video by Fr. Mike Schmitz, The Hour That Will Change Your Life, in which he explains the Eucharist. I made it through the video and immediately thought “oh crap, I think I have to become Catholic”. Since then I’ve been spending most all of my freetime researching the Eucharist and many of the other teachings of the Church. I’m convinced that the Eucharist is the real presence, body and blood of Jesus and I need it. So far everything else I’ve researched seems completely true with the Church’s teaching. I’ve started going to mass and I’m going to my first RCIA class in the morning. So, right now I’m wondering if any of you have any advice for me or books to read, perspectives on church teachings, etc. Thanks for taking the time to read all that, I know it was kind of long.