I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I read something in Scripture and swore I had never seen that before. That is a 21 percentage-point difference. He told me that he didn’t expect me to change churches. I reverted to the faith after being in evangelical churches for 15 years. God is so good. “Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world” is either true or not(which I know from the mass when i was young). Oh my gosh I have chills and tears in my eyes. for as a Catholic we ar so respecrful with others belief! I didn’t want history tainted by an overly Catholic perspective, a heavily Protestant point-of-view, or a work of pseudo-historical merit. Since only the 1800’s there have been additions added to Catholic doctrine making Mary more and more important- sinless,ascended into heaven, etc. Blessings to you and your family. He truly believes they worship idols because that is what he has been taught. What a blessed Easter this will be for you both! Many blessings to you on this very special Easter! How Many Catholic Priests Become Protestant Ministers? . My first husband’s mother and father were Catholic although they did not raise their children to be. Preparation for reception into the Church begins with the inquiry stage, in which the unbaptized person begins to learn about the Catholic faith and decide whether to embrace it.The first formal step to Catholicism begins with the rite of reception into the order of catechumens, in which the unbaptized express their desire and intention to become Christians. Welcome home Heather, blessings to you and your family ♥ Don’t Read the Early Church Fathers. May God continue to pour out His graces upon you both. As soon as you meet great Catholics you’ll realize that right in your very neighbourhood, right in your workplace or your community centre or—heaven forbid—your local Catholic parish, there are actual Catholics. We won’t be challenged because we don’t need to be. Tears of joy for how amazing God is and how He never ceases to amaze me. Thanks so much for sharing it! I’m so immensely happy for you and your family! My prayer life is more alive than it has ever been. So that's it! Oh, and here’s our conversion story! God bless you! Welcome! We attend the Easter Vigil ever year, it’s amazing to watch people come into the Church. Why?" I already had a relationship with Jesus, but becoming Catholic brought me back to communion with His Church and with Him in the true presence of the Eucharist. I would go to Mass and I would hear and see Scripture come to life. WELCOME HOME once again to both of you … God bless you and your husband and God bless one and all! After returning I realized what an terrible thing my relative had done to me and herself. http://www.northerncffamily.blogspot.com/p/catholic-conversion-story.html, http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Roman%20Catholicism/mary_no_mediator.htm, Why I am Leaving My Protestant Roots and Becoming Catholic - The Splendor of the Church, Becoming Catholic: Easter Vigil - Upside Down Homeschooling, Officially Catholic – Easter Vigil Recap | Styled Grace. Not only was he an unbeliever, at many points, he was even anti-theistic. God has a sense of humor to go along with His infinite grace and mercy, doesn’t He? My husband and I left pastoring our protestant church 8 years ago to join the Church. Yes, home is the best word to describe my feelings. I recommend burying one’s head in the sand although successful techniques may vary. RCIA is a 9-month long process of learning about Christ and the Church which culminates with being received into the Church and receiving Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation at Easter Vigil. Welcome home! I will be praying for you and your husband tomorrow night at the Easter Vigil. And Welcome Home! Becoming Protestant. Many blessings to you and your family. Best wishes to you and your family. I would recommend reading the infallible Church councils.. Start with Nicaea and just read read read. And, if you’re not careful, you might realize, like I did, just how shaky the foundation—the origin—of my Protestant faith truly was. Logic would say Jesus is the only way we can be presented holy to God through His atonement. I could feel the excitement you are experiencing and I can’t wait to follow how God will continue to bless your marriage and family through the sacraments and His Church. Through God all things are possible. I came into the church in 2006, I loved reading your story because it brought back some fond memories of my own journey to Rome. I loved reading your story. I’ve never attended so this will be a first for me. The Largest Collection of Relics Outside the Vatican Is In… Pittsburgh, PA? Your journey will continue after Easter, and sometimes it will be a lonely one, but with your wonderful family at your side, you will find the strength you need. My appetite could not be satisfied. I pray you meet Holy Spirit-filled, devout, Bible-reading Catholics, of which there are many. I know how excited you all are!!! I’ve always felt drawn to the Catholic Church. I hope you have an incredible Easter! The pope. AMEN. Thoughts, petitions, or thankfulness are all well and good but something else might creep into your prayers and you might, by no fault of your own, pray for guidance in your faith journey. The main reason is because of the new Catholics being welcomed into the Church. That is how this journey started…but what you all are really wanting to know is how did I, a southern Protestant girl, who loved the new contemporary mobile church movement, fall in love with the Catholic Church? For the vast majority of our marriage, we have been unequally yoked. I am so happy that your family shares in the same faith now. I too am a silent witness to my husband and pray for him. Going to church, doing works, etc. So good and so faithful to our prayers! Finally. My daughters were baptized in the Catholic Church in January. Jesus’ death apparently had done nothing…. I must tell you, I never once heard Mary, a Saint, or a Pope being worshiped. I married a Lutheran and we both veered very far from our respective religions which, in some part, led to our divorce. Hi Angie! Such an incredibly beautiful testimony!! We must dig in, friends, and dig in deep. Suffice to say, however, his giant tome gives you a pretty intense overview of why the Protestant Reformers split from the Catholic Church in the 16th century and what was happening in culture and society in such a seminal time and place. Thanks be to God, and Welcome Home!! Heather, Becoming Catholic is a major decision that must affect every single area of your life. At least half of those leaving the Roman Catholic Church become Protestant. I found that becoming Catholic changed everything in my life. Along I brought my 3 youngest children and they’re being raised Catholic. Being raised LDS and then Wiccan/Pagan/Witch for a time I didn’t have the best views of the Catholic church. I will keep you & your family in my prayers during the Triduum services. I have never forgotten the way that I felt that night. Happy Easter—He is risen, like He said! Enjoy this weekend, and the lifetime of faith and reason ahead of you! I am so happy for all of you. I don’t doubt for a second that He will continue to bless your family in wonderful ways as you continue to serve Him! There are two sides to becoming a Catholic – receiving instruction in the faith, and taking part in the services of a local Catholic community. We must be careful that we are not blinded by the truths in God’s Word. old and my soon to be mother in law had asked my fiancé and I to attend midnight mass with her. Because this is where my faith was lacking all those years. I was hooked within 2 weeks. That He was HOLY. They were 17 and 15 at the beginning of this journey and don’t want to leave our former evangelical church. The Catholic Church is truly so very beautiful with all it’s sacraments! From there you can choose whether or not to become Catholic. I’m different than I was when I began this journey. Yes, that made things difficult. The last census in 2011 put the Protestant population at 48%, just 3% more than Catholics at 45%. i just ignored from them what i heard as they still need to study firts the story of the catholic church. What a beautiful story. I’ve never felt more complete and things that I knew in my head about forgiveness, grace and mercy but not in my heart, I didn’t know in my heart till I became Catholic. How, at the last bastion of common sense, the final battlefield, the great basilica of reason and sanity, can we make our stand? It can be too easy for us to fall asleep and we need people and stories like yours to help awaken us. Am happy for you & your family, Heather. If you have followed my blog for any time at all, you’ll probably remember a few posts about my husband being an unbeliever and the dynamics of our spiritually mismatched marriage. Based on the comments here you have a huge community supporting you every step of the way! Thank you for sharing your incredible journey with us. God has such beautiful plans for us! I read a blog one day by a former Protestant pastor turned Catholic priest. I didn’t find a living faith until I entered this Protestant Church. Mr. Biden's Catholic faith caused few ripples on the campaign trail, in stark contrast to the attention that surrounded John F. Kennedy's religion when he ran for president in 1960. I dug and I dug. Do not read The Reformation by Diarmaid MacCulloch. I going to recieve confirmation on Easter Vigil. Way to take a leap of faith, to really study and push yourself to know more and not settle for anything less. But, if you’ve already met devout Catholics there’s still hope, even at this late point in the journey I can offer this solid piece of advice: Don’t start living like a Catholic. We are all grafted together on the Tree of Life which is Jesus Christ. Our two boys are 12 and 14 and will be baptized, receive First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. After going through several faiths, the day I was faced with walking up to receive a wafer-I knew immediately-I was not to receive! Tell the pastor of the church you want to become a Christian. Linda, will you contact me please: alfenner@hotmail.com. God bless you! The most important thing is prayer. A few have been Lutheran. This is why you both have been on my mind. Just saw you online on Marcus Grodi’s show, The Journey Home. When my eldest son recently asked about Catholicism, I told him, “No other Christian gathering has the Real Presence. The first step would be finding your local parish and inquiring about RCIA classes. My family came into the Church 8 years ago, Easter Vigil is still my favorite and makes my heart so filled with joy that I still cry. The amount of support and encouragement I received from my readers was incredible. He has even defended the Catholic Faith to others. We are too!!! I loved reading your story! Your journey of growing and learning has only just begun. I was also a silent witness. It is such an exciting time. What a beautiful testimony! Have a happy and blessed Easter! What a beautiful story. I have a whole new understanding and respect for our early Church fathers. I’m a cradle Catholic and am so thankful for this precious gift. Don’t dabble with the Liturgy of the Hours or Eucharistic Adoration because you might fall in love with these decidedly Catholic practices and then there’s very little I, or anyone else, can do to help. Congratulations! Don’t start going to Mass or asking for the intercession of the saints (because you’ll get it!). and afraid of what friends and family who still think about that will say) but…at the end of the day, you have to follow God. That our Church is not like what they about….. Scripture was making sense. Welcome to the Church! God bless you always……. I realize that humans involved with my faith may be imperfect, but Jesus and our Lord are perfect and the center of our church. If you’re Protestant, great. I am a craddle Catholic and I love reading testimonies on those who coming home. It is very moving. I love to hear others’ stories. It is kind of a big deal that requires mental and spiritual preparation. All the things I’d studied at my Reformed Christian liberal arts college suddenly fell into place in light of Scripture and Tradition. We pray together. Such a beautiful conversion story! Lutherans and Catholics share many liturgical traits, and we each have major differences. Welcome home! You can find Part 1 here and you can find Part 2 here. Welcome home! Finished! Nil Nissi Te. <3, Your sharing brought tears to my eyes Welcome home . He attends Mass with us and is very respectful of the Catholic Faith. He tried one way, now he tried another. ” Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matt 20:28, If you paid a ransom to get your child back, would you need to do anything else? But now I understand why. Be prepared for His continual love to be poured out on your family. This weekend will truly be amazing for you. Also felt line we lacked reverence and respect of how holy He is. It can’t be based purely on an emotional decision; you are joining the Church that Christ himself began. I’m in tears! He said the turning point for him was when a Catholic asked him what is \" My father is a convert from Judaism and my husband from Lutheranism. I was confused because i knew we derived from Catholics, yet I didn’t know about anything. Thank you for sharing your journey and inspiring me to reexamine my roots at this difficult time in my Arch Diocese and the community in my home state. God bless. As a cradle catholic, your story gives me new life in celebrating the next few days. Yes, Church doctrine. Nothing scares us, we’re simply too busy or too happy with the way things are right now. He was no longer full of hate and animosity. I wondered around for a bit but he settled in Catholicism fairly quickly. Prayers for blessings and oh, so much Grace!! The passion of new followers of the church reignite my faith. Welcome, God Bless and thanks for sharing! Stories like yours, move me and encourage me. Welcome! So beautiful and so authentic. Thanks for sharing and we will lift your family up this Easter as well as all those entering the church! It didn’t take long to become completely clear to me that this Church, the Catholic Church, is truly the ONE Church that Jesus Christ himself initiated over 2,000 years ago. Because God answers prayers, of that you can (and probably are!) I have a great sentimental feeling for Catholic things when I attend funerals, weddings,etc, but also a sadness. Just waiting to find that one piece of information that would prove the Catholic Church was wrong and I could go on my happy Protestant way. Welcome home!!! I will be praying for your family this weekend! God drew the line that very day. :-) I believe that the fundamental difference between protestants and Catholics is that Catholics think that the pope and church tradition, as passed down in the papal line, are equal in authority to the Bible, while protestants believe in the Bible as the only authority. Pray for God to steer you to the right people who can help you make this transition. How much of his doctrine of justification and the very things he split from the Church over are driven directly by a manic personality. In my own journey, I can check off certain boxes and say, definitively, yes, that made me become a Catholic. We are currently studying Acts 2, where it talks about the church and the purposes of it. Ephesians 2:8-9 Heather, what a beautiful coming home story God has given you! September 29, 2009 A few weeks ago, on retreat, I was introduced to a friendly middle-aged couple. May God bless you all. There was a time when I accepted Christ as my Savior, so I have a personal relationship with Him. And our 7 year old and new baby will be baptized this summer. The next mistake you might make is to meet some great Catholics. But passions can be stirred. My husband is indifferent. After reading most of the comments so far and coming across just one person who is not Catholic, I felt I had to write something from my perspective, too. <3 Wishing you well! I was raised Catholic, left after confirmation, have been involved in a non-denominational church for 14 years, and am now reverting. Prayers and blessings to you as you enter the One True Church, the Holy Catholic Church. I suspect it will be just as touching to you, and He will be ministering to you on your own journey! Maybe you’ve read people like Scott Hahn, Stephen Ray, G.K. Chesterton, Frank Sheed, or Robert Barron. What a beautiful and amazing journey the Lord has brought you and your husband! ... the Catholic church has failed to deliver what people consider fundamental products of religion: spiritual sustenance and a good worship service." May God bless you and your family. Welcome to the Catholic Church!!!! It still amazes me to think about how truly *Christ-centered* the Catholic church is. In fact I witnessed Christ being worshiped and adored in such a beautiful way that many days I would just stand with tears in my eyes completely in awe of the sacred mysteries celebrated in the Mass. One of the questions I get asked most often when p. Read Part II of my conversion story, Becoming Catholic: My Easter Vigil Experience here. 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