Hi, I’m new to these forums (not to mention spirituality, religion, and Catholicism) and wanted to post my reasons for coming to ‘believe’ to see what you guys think. So without any further ado here they are:
- Fr. David
- Fr. Mike
- Fr. Ed
- Fr. Rini
In short, the Catholics whom I’ve met and fallen in love with. Their openness, kindness, compassion, and love was the light that led me out of my own darkness.
I’ve been thinking about this recently after becoming immersed in the intellectual side of the faith and my own ideas on how to ‘prove’ or convince both myself and others of its truth. Ideas like the nature of existence, free will, consciousness, morality, and blah, blah blah, blah blah. In the end of course these have convinced no one, least of all myself, and actually led me to doubt. It was then that I remembered what is perhaps the most compelling thing I’ve heard, “I am the way the truth and the life”, (do I really need to cite the source?).
On a side note: What originally struck me about this was that the way Christ lived, completely abandoning Himself to and for others through limitless Love did seem to me to be the real way to live, all divinity/supernatural concepts aside. Just taking an honest look at the world and myself I could see that people were after many different things, money, power, fame, ‘success’, sex, food, and the one that I’ve fallen prey to the most, knowledge. Personally, I had come to a point where I didn’t really care much about any of these things (or at least didn’t want to) and kinda wanted only one thing, to be love. In particular, universal, complete, total, and selfless love which does its best not to discriminate between people regardless. In short, I wanted to be like Christ. Of course I was also aware of my total inability to actually do this on my own and my tendency to very often go in the opposite direction.
Getting on with the point though, I came to think that Christ Himself actually is Truth, the Word made flesh, the fulfillment of the law. All truth it would seem is then contained within Him. I also remembered that The Church was the body of Christ, thus, the Church is the Truth, or at least the guardian of it. But then what is ‘The Church’? Well Pope John Paul II said, that “you are the Church”, that The Church is the people. So it would seem to follow that the people are, essentially, the truth. This made even more sense to me when considering what I perceived the point of Catholicism was, to become the perfect Love which is Christ, or essentially, in a sense of the word largely beyond human comprehension, to become Jesus Christ. As God became man and died with us so that man could become God and live with Him. I think there are many many many other parallels which can be drawn and elaborated on from scripture (as this would seem to me to be the basic point of scripture), but my basic point is that it shouldn’t at all surprise me then, that in looking for ‘reasons to believe’ or ‘the truth’ the only place I could really rest was with the profound Love which could often be seen to radiate from those in (and who are) The Church. For just as the Sun continuously burns against herself to illuminate the barren and desolate moon amidst the darkness of the night, so too does God burn against Himself to give light to humanity’s perpetual darkness of the heart by lighting up the Church with His very own Love in order that She may shine upon the darkness of our world so that those who dare to look up and gaze at Her Beauty may come to know the Truth which is Christ.
But all that being said, the point is, that for me the people are the one and only true proof or reason to believe, and I love them, as they are She, and She is our Mother, and it is of course known to Catholics that it is through our Mother that we come to know Her Son, Jesus.
Of course, please take all this with a grain of salt as I was raised a secular Jew turned atheist and will be taking the RCIA in the fall and so have not even been baptised yet!