Tempted to give up

I don’t know why, nothing has happened that drastically changed what my circumstances were yesterday, but I suddenly find myself wondering if conversion is worth it. My husband seems as far away from the Catholic church as ever, and is forever encouraging me to join in more with our evangelical Anglican church. He doesn’t see the need for me to join the Catholic church and while he isn’t openly aggressive about my interest, makes life very difficult for me to get to Mass each week. I am patiently waiting for the Journey in Faith course that the Catholic church is running in September, and the time seems to be like those corridors in the movies that stretch out in front of you and get longer as you look at them.

I guess I am just having a silly whinge, but it all feels very hard right now.

I’m in the same boat as you. I can’t get confirmed here or USA and it just stinks. My husband is Lutheran but he’s not really pressuring me to join but he’s okay I’m not confirmed…we can put it that way :slight_smile: lol.

I’ll pray for you! For some reason we’re feeling stuff like this!


The Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ is waiting for you in the Eucharist, you bet He is worth it! :love: Hang in there. If you haven’t already, start a prayer life and pray to the Holy Spirit for your husband; all will be well. :flowers:

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate [Listen]
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I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me forever
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on the Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet ‘well done’ in judgment’s hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.


Amen. :thumbsup:

I know exactly how you feel. I did give up, but not for lack of trying. The state of the Church in the local diocese here is abysmal. It’s more about paperwork than saving souls. Seems like such a burden to have to wait another three months for some class to start. I would make sure I had everything I need before I start class. In my experience they wait until the last minute to threaten you baptism/confirmation will not happen if you don’t have certain forms in, an updated notarized baptismal form, annulments, etc. Just a merciful FYI.

By the grace of God an Eastern Catholic priest and my once vehemently anti-Catholic husband are the ones who assisted me back into the church. You can’t force this conversion on them, it’s organic, it’s all in God’s timing. Our priest instructs people in the faith year round, baptisms happen year round like the joyous occasions that they are.

I will pray that the Lord have mercy on you and you can start and finish class on time and no hindrance come your way by the hand of satan.

As Mother Angelica of EWTN always used to say, “We are all called to be great saints…don’t miss out on the opportunity!” God is waiting for you with His Truth in the Holy Catholic faith, and the entire Body of Christ - us faithful here on earth, the angels and saints in Heaven, and the holy souls in Purgatory - are all waiting for you to be united to us in the Spirit. And, as Catholic1954 mentioned above, Our Lord Jesus is waiting for you in the Blessed Sacrament to become united to you through Holy Communion.

May God bless you on your journey into the Holy Catholic faith and grant you and your husband strength and peace! :slight_smile:

Thanks so much everyone. I feel a little more positive this week.

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