- What were your main hurdles to becoming Catholic?**
I had some sins in my life that I wasn’t ready to fully repent of and to attempt to fix.
2) How did you overcome Question 1?**
Frankly, I simply bit the bullet. I realized I had become rather convinced in my conscience that Catholicism is true, and I decided to take things one step at a time with RCIA.
3) Outside of the Eucharist, which I know is a major difference, how was your spiritual journey enhanced through Catholicism? **
Frankly, I was floored by how much I changed internally after receiving the Sacraments of Initiation. God graced me with many consolations, and I certainly never expected to perceive Faith, Hope, and Charity in my soul, but there they were!
A bit of time after my baptism, I remember sitting and looking at pictures of children in poor countries, and of simply weeping over them. To say I surprised myself was an understatement.
The Sacraments are absolutely wonderfu**l.
**Outside of the Sacraments, I would put things like having Doctrines and Dogmas which I can give assent to with full confidence. This helps me to keep focused on the important things, rather than obsessing over things like how predestination might really work.
I also love the Communion of Saints, Marian Devotion, and of knowing that all of those who are experiencing the Beatific Vision can pray for me.
Finally, the lives of the Saints, along with their beautiful works, especially the deep thinkers or the highly mystical.
All of these things have helped tremendously, and they are just the beginning.**
- Name a couple of positive traits of your previous Protestant faith tradition that you miss or look back on fondly. **
This may sound silly, but the only thing I truly miss are the awesome Bibles that Protestants have access to, but which a Catholic can’t make full use of since they’re incomplete. I don’t want to pay 115 dollars for a Bible that relegates the Deuterocanon to an “Apocrypha” subsection, but I would pay that much for a beautiful Catholic Bible.
A friend of mine once described an answer to your questions 3 and 4 like this:
*Imagine that Christianity is a big, beautiful pool. Yes, there may be some individuals like Corrie Ten Boom who are diving into it from the high dives, and others who are wading in the shallow end. But I always thought I was right there in the deep, swimming around like a serious swimmer should.
But then I read the lives of the saints, and I learned that Christianity isn’t a pool, it’s an entire ocean, and I’ve barely got my feet wet.
As Fr. Dwight Longenecker says, Catholicism is just “more Christianity” than Protestantism, and entering the Church doesn’t feel like you’ve given something up, but like you’ve finally found what you’ve been looking for all the time in mere types and shadows.
Ugh. Forgive me for not being concise. As you can tell from my first answers, I started out trying to do that!