Would love to hear what convinced you.
Seeing the Eucharist in Adoration for the first time.
Partly that the Scriptures made more sense as I started reading them, and partly some incidents of intercession by Jesus’ Mother.
@ahs I think Mary was partially responsible when it came to my conversion as well. Funny enough before I was Catholic I enjoyed praying the rosary for an unknown reason and did so daily then after I became Catholic I’ve never felt the same devotion to Mary as I did before and find it very monotonous and long.
I received the gift of faith in Catholicism while reading the last few chapters of St Justin Martyr’s First Apology, where he describes how Christians celebrated baptism and the Eucharist.
I have been a Catholic from the time of my infancy baptism. I went to Catholic schools for 12 years.
I became convinced about what is right and wrong and have been determined to live out my faith as a Catholic.
I have 3 college degrees. I have obviously studied a lot, and as an adult I have studied my faith in greater depth, particularly with respect to the teachings of the Church at the Second Vatican Council. My first degree was at a public university where my beliefs were attacked in my classes, like philosophy for example. I never found a reason to abandon my faith there or to give up on its practice.
I worked in Chicago for over 15 years where I was exposed to a lot of evangelical radio programs, whose content included attacks on Catholic beliefs. I sensed that those radio preachers did not criticize their own beliefs at all, certainly not as much as they criticized catholic beliefs and practices.
So, taking the Bible and Catholic education as a starting point, I would say that I explored the tradition and history of the Catholic Church and never found the problems that non-Catholics have with a belief in God or with the teaching of the Church.
And my practice of the faith, as for all Catholics, is focused on the worship of God in the Mass. And, again, it is firmly based on a conviction that there is “right” and “wrong.” Catholic things are “right.”
I was raised Catholic and Catholicism is part of my ethnic background. But, I didn’t start taking religion seriously until I was a freshman in high school and had an existential crisis. I started reading Catholic Answers, watching Robert Barron’s videos, and then moved onto reading GK Chesterton, CS Lewis, and Benedict XVI. Catholicism just made so much sense to me as a worldview. And, in this emotion-driven clown world that we are living in, the Church seems to be one of the last bastions of common sense and reason. At very least, the religion is: quite a few of our leaders need to grow a backbone.
EDIT: Nice avatar OP
Ty for sharing your journey a bit too
Real Presence and Apostolic succession.
It is not proper to say that Catholicism is only true meaning other christian factions are false.To the extent that they also believe in Jesus Christ which is the fundamental matter ,give due regards to their faith.Not believing in sacraments,in Mary,in the authority of Pope etc,though serous are matters which may be resolved in future.Ofcourse there is no denying the fact that we feel proud and privileged to be in Catholic Church which we believe is the church established by our Saviour…
I would need to write a book, to give the bullet points:
- Became convinced that marriage is a sacrament. As part of that, I began to believe that contraception is wrong. Catholicism was the only major Church that seemed to respect all of that.
- Seeing marriage as a sacrament also meant that my ideas regarding the other sacraments, most notably the Eucharist, started becoming more Catholic.
- Could no longer defend Sola Scriptura.
- Could no longer defend Sola Fide, though it took a long time afterwards to really understand what rejecting it meant.
- Eventual participation in the sacraments. That made a lot of the head knowledge more real.
Are you sure that this response was meant for this thread? (Don’t worry, I’ve posted in the wrong thread myself before.)
The heading of this thread and the first sentence in my response…no connection.?
Reading what the scriptures actually said, as opposed to what I was taught and thought they said. The Bible made me Catholic.
I became a Catholic when I was 3 weeks old in July 1946 .
As a child I was convinced because my parents taught me that it was true .
In my teens I got a bit rebellious as most teens do .
This started the period of doubt and questioning .
This questioning is still with me , but that is not a bad thing .
I have probably questioned every basic teaching of the Catholic Church , and there has been a lot of mental struggling , but in the end I have not found any of the teachings flawed .
One thing I need to mention . In the early 1970s I was going through a rough patch of doubting . A Benedictine monk introduced me to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal . And this did renew my faith for which I will be forever grateful .
I never thought it wasn’t. The fact that it goes all the way back to Jesus and that it took 1500 years for the Protestants to even appear was sufficient for me to continue to believe throughout my life. If I had had any doubts, the stories of the great saints like St. Francis, St. Anthony, St. Therese, etc would have removed them.
Having modern saints like St. Mother Teresa, St. John Paul II, St. Padre Pio and Ven. Fulton Sheen is also very helpful as they all live out their faith and say many things and have many experiences that tend to banish any small doubt that might creep in.
I actually read certain stuff about hinduism and how many groups of that religion beleived how the world was created by a sacrifice or at least from a being of some sort.
Most religion in fact seem to point to some kins of sacrifice. Jesus is obviously the ultimate sacrifice. Has anyone ever look at how all religions really long for an ultimate sacrifice? We are all drawn to the Sacrifice.
How the did I chose catholicism over oriental orthodoxy.? The pope is needed. It is very obvious too me that we need somethibg more than just patriarchs.
It’s more that I was offering an out in the hope that those semi-relativistic ramblings that didn’t come close to answering the OP’s question were meant for a more relevant thread.
Catholicism is so much more in line with history than Protestantism. Specifically early Church history; Catholicism lines up with what the earliest Christians believed. That’s one of the major things that sparked my conversion from nondenominational/Baptist.
I was raised in the faith but fell away immediately after my Confirmation. I spent several years believing that God exists but making no attempt to be religious until I was invited to Mass my first semester at college. I returned to the faith that night. I remain in the faith because I’m convinced that God shaped my life to bring me back into the Church in that way. Events that didn’t seem that important initially, I quickly realized were responsible for me going to that college and being open to the invitation I received.
For me, it was when I realized what the Church meant by “real presence”