…And also with you!
You said something in your post that I could relate to. While I prepared to enter the church, it was never something I didn’t think I wanted to do, but I liked the way you admitted your reasons changed over time. The same thing happened to me.
When I first expressed an interest in Catholicism I thought it was to regain a connection to my family’s past Catholic heritage. Then I had myself convinced I really liked the current Pope (I do, don’t get me wrong…but I see now that he isn’t WHY I was interested in the church). Then by Advent, I was convinced I was going because of the beauty of the music and decorations around the church.
By the time I completed RCIA and stood before the parish at the Easter Vigil, I had a moment. All those “other” things were nice, but none of them were THE reason. They may have helped bring me to the church, but it was the Truth I found that made me stay.
Sometimes in our journey, I think its easy to forget the bigger picture. It sounds to me like your experience was very similiar to mine in that regard. All those other, more secular (that seems like the wrong word) reasons don’t fully encompass the beauty of the faith. It really is the power of the Eucharist, I believe. But we don’t know that until we’ve reached that step in our faith journey.
Very nice post. It made me and many others, I’m sure, think about what you’ve said. May God bless!