We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My step dad converted to Catholicism as a young man, maybe a teen. I'm not sure. Through a tragic chain of events he ended up marrying my widow mother when I was three.
He stopped going to mass and my mom raised me in a Methodist church. Fast forward several decades and, after he died, my mom went to mass hoping to connect with him in some way that she never did before. She kept going back. She ended up becoming Catholic, not because he was, but because she wanted to. Now, at 39, I am becoming a Catholic on Easter. My three kids, and anymore to come, will be raised Catholic. My wife, while she may never be confirmed, will go to mass every week for the rest of her life and will take RCIA next year at my request.
I'm not sure if my post is relevant enough, except that the author became Catholic in middle age and I will soon, and our paths are both mysterious. And also, you never know, probably never will know, just how your actions will affect others and the future. Like that coal miner dying, or a young man in southeast Oklahoma that followed the only Catholic in his Scottish family to mass and didn't even go to church later in his life.
Jack and Diana, God Bless both of you!
I was 40something when I was confirmed in the Church. (From atheism!)
I had read every Encyclical, much of "Ratzinger" (Pope Benedict), and most everything I could on Mother Mary before I decided there was just no denying the truth. (Much more to the story, but that's the bottom line.)
I cannot recommend enough that you read the Encyclicals (available on the Vatican website, but also available in 6.95 paperbacks at Catholic stores--nice to have your own copy for notes etc.) I highly recommend my favorites, Humanae Vitae and Fides et Ratio and Dignitatis Humanae.
Thank you Rosey, I will add these to my reading list, I am so excited about all there is to learn. I just started John's Gospel and The Letters of St Paul. I am not an intellectual, so I struggle a lot with all the information and I am easily distracted. But I am working on it!
I am in RCIA too, and will become a Catholic this Easter. I was raised in the Anglican church, "High Church" which bears little resemblance to the Anglicanism today and I feel that I have been lost for almost my whole life (I am in my 50's).
My patron Saint is St Helena, the mother of Constantine and she converted to Christianity in her sixties!
Today in class, Father was telling us that we are all Children of God and that God has a plan for all of us, no matter how old we are. He told us to remember the Thief on the Cross next to Jesus who only came to Salvation a few minutes before he died.
Read "Hitler's Pope". The life and times of the Vicar of Christ (sic) - Pius XII - a devout Jew hater. He never could get a handle on the fact that the Romans killed Jesus not the Jews. Papist are funny in their ignorance. And, by the way, you're a Roman Catholic not a "Catholic". The Orthodox Christian church in the East was around a long time before the Pope decided to wear the triple crown. (Isn't he special.)
Sven, I'm in no way qualified to lecture on church history, but I understand that the various Eastern Orthodox Churches still preserve the apostolic succession from Peter through Jesus and so fall under the catholic church that Jesus desired. Doesn't the apostolic succession of Eastern bishops still come from Rome?
Rome thinks it does. But, Rome thinks the Pope is "father of princes and kings, ruler of the world and vicar of Christ." Read up on the schism between the two. There's good reason that the church in the East calls itself Orthodox.