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OK - so I went to church - I'm almost surprised that nothing at all has changed in the almost 20 years since I've been to a Catholic service!
I took the advice given, spoke with a few people who attend, introduced myself to the priest (has quite a lovely sense of humour!) and made an appointment to see him on Tuesday to talk about things in greater depth.
I have to be honest - I didn't get that "feeling" of connecting with God at this service (I definitely felt that in the past with other churches) - however I think it has more to do with feeling a little like a fish out of water rather than anything else.
I'll see what Tuesday brings and we will take it from there.
Thank you all for your love, prayers and support xx
I thought about your comments above when I read the following today. You might find it interesting...
From In Conversation with God, Volume 5, Father Francis Fernandez, Twenty-Eighth Sunday, Year B, p. 220:
"(There are) four stages in our effort to identify ourselves with Christ: seeking him, finding him, getting to know him, loving him. It may seem clear to you that you are only in the first stage. Seek him then, hungrily; seek him within yourselves with all your strength. If you act with determination, I am ready to guarantee that you have already found him, and have begun to get to know him and to love him, and to hold your conversation in heaven."
These Fernandez volumes are very good for daily meditation; they are 4-5 short pages that reflect on the Scripture reading for the day.
Another excellent meditation book is Meditations on the Gospel of Mark, by Adrienne von Speyr. Mark is a good Gospel to start off with for a first venture into Scriptural prayer and study, because it's very straightforward and easy to read.