It seems as though all of us converts follow a particular script, which is kind of weird. It’s been quite a ride!
I see you are familiar with the Gospel according to Jack Chick
Prayers ascending for a successful RCIA class. Welcome home in advance.
Thanks for posting this! I enjoyed reading it- and also identified with it as my journey was very similar.
Welcome home and welcome to the forums! With writing like that, you could help a lot here.
I came into the Church from a similar background in 2014. I have never regretted it and fall more in love with my faith everyday.
You are absolutely right…authority is the cornerstone issue.
Here I wrote about my experience: findingthecatholicchurch.blogspot.com/2014/04/why-am-i-becoming-catholic-personal.html?m=1
The Holy Spirit beckons and those willing do hear Him.
We all have free will and GOD will never twist our arm to accept HIM.
Though some times if we ask, either ourselves or through the prayers of intercession of others…
He will clobber us with a 4x4 to bring us to our senses
Even then, some will just refuse.
GOD knows that I did indeed need it. To be clobbered with the 4x4:D
Welcome to the forum and welcome home
Welcome Home! :signofcross: :hug1:
I was a heretic too. I would skip over the passage about Him giving the Keys to the Kingdom to St Peter. Also passages about the Holy Eucharist and Holy Confession.
"I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.
And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23"If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”
“This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.
And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24And He said to them, "This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
Heretics will try to explain those passages as being symbolic, but this makes it clear that He meant what He said literally.
From John 6
22On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 28Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 31Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
41So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48I am the bread of life. 49Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
52The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the breadc the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59Jesusd said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.
God’s Word is literal. He means what He says literally. Holy Confession is literal. The Holy Eucharist is literal. God is Love literally. Literally. The whole world literally lies in wickedness. Satan is literally the ruler of this world.
I too read my way into the Church, but mine was a less “prove it to me” kind of search after a certain tipping point that came much sooner than I’d have expected. The line about entering the Church “kicking and screaming” was me before my tipping point, as well. As Chesterton said:
It is impossible to be just to the Catholic Church. The moment a man ceases to pull against it he feels a tug towards it. The moment he ceases to shout it down he begins to listen to it with pleasure. The moment he tries to be fair to it he begins to be fond of it.
Beyond fond falls in love with her. And that is when you can’t leave her no matter her earthly troubles or the faults of her members/leaders or how much you don’t want to do your daily devotions, etc. She’s got you if you love her–as Christ loved her. You must live as she prescribes and become more than even you think you can because of the riches she freely gives to you.
Prv. 9 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
To him who is without sense she says,
 “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
 Leave simpleness, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
MY journey into the Catholic Faith was
more a “stumbled upon” find in my selection
of the Church of my late wife, but I’m glad
to be “home”!!
God loves you literally. Literal love.
I bet it’s been quite a ride! If you are listening to people like Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (I saw his picture) then you are definitely on the right track. Welcome to the fullness of the Christian faith where the exercise of our free will is encouraged and nothing is left behind.
When I began trying to understand what Catholicism actually taught I quickly found the teachings were sensible even if I didn’t accept them yet. As I learned more I came to see that Catholic teaching as a whole made much better sense. And it better explained Holy Scripture. There will always be trouble in understanding parts of Scriptrue, but the Catholic lenses explained far more and with less difficulty than any Protestant system.
Since you have not formally entered the Church I wonder if you’ll experience what I did. For probably two years before I entered I thought the Catholic Church was right. I wanted to participate fully, particularly in the Eucharist. I was very enthusiastic. But as the time to actually enter approached I got nervous. It was the kind of nerves I had before I was married. I realized more emotionally the seriousness of the commitment. The couple of weeks around the event, both before and after, had a surreal feeling. Being married yourself maybe you experienced the same thing. If so be prepared to possibly experience it again.
Thanks for sharing your story. I enjoyed reading it. I too started off wondering, who becomes Catholic? That is a testament to something being unique to the Catholic Church. It for some reason seemed less strange for a Protestant to become a Unitarian than to become a Catholic.
This was my experience. Quickly after I gave the Catholic Church a serious ear I started to feel a responsibility to defend her against falsehoods. I then started to have a real fondness for an institution that often was unfairly treated.
Good story. I see you are wearing an OU shirt, are you from Oklahoma? I’m from OKC and the degree of anti-Catholic rhetorician Oklahoma and Texas is astounding. All fueled by rampant ignorance.