After reading several threads where new members had appeared and started arguing with the tenets of the faith, espousing themselves to be Catholics but yet tearing down elements of the Church, I wondered why people find CAF and why they stay. I don't know that the atheists, agnostics and trolls will answer this thread honestly, but I'm curious as to how and why people found CAF and why you stay and post.
For me, I was doing searches for a place where I could talk about my "unequally yoked" marriage. My husband and I were having a lot of problems and our Christian counseling wasn't helping much, if at all. I also need a forum where I can talk about all the joys I find within my faith, because I can't share that with my husband. And when I found CAF and joined, I also found a place where I can learn about the Church, since I missed a lot of catechism growing up. For example, I didn't know that using an Ouija Board is a mortal sin (divination, talking to the dead) nor did I fully realize that certain sexual acts are also mortal sins. So I have now confessed more of my sins and am working on changing things so I don't continue to sin.
I also hope my experience can help others. I've made a lot of mistakes over the years, especially when I believed that I was running my own life. I didn't have a whole lot of guidance and NO religious role models since my father had converted to marry my mother, and when she passed away when I was 10, he stopped going to church. Daddy was a good man, a very loving person, but he didn't really father me or my sister. So if I can serve as an example of what NOT to do, it will at least mean those empty and painful years when I was turned away from God, will not have been without meaning.
So, if you don't mind, would you share why YOU came here, how you found CAF and why you stay? And especially if you aren't a Catholic...What do you get from being on this forum?