As a convert from Protestantism, I would like to take this opportunity to explain why I converted to Catholicism.
My conscious spiritual walk with Christ began when i was about 6 years old, i discovered a pocket bible ~to this day i don’t know how it came to be in our house, and neither do i know to where it subsequently disappeared~and i recall, lying on the hearth rug, in front of the fire, and reading the opening chapter of Genesis over and over, i was mesmerised…and i even memorised the first few verses.
I grew up in a non Christian household, with an agnostic/atheist Father and a non- practicing Christian Mother. There was minimal Christian influence in the household in the form of religious instruction, but my brother and i were well drilled in the area of morals…My family home life was relaxed and it was a loving, secure and happy home. But for me there was something missing. There was always something missing…i never quite felt complete.
From the earliest of times, I knew that God existed and I prayed quite earnestly as a child, perhaps more so than as an adult! When my Grandma died I prayed to God in anger, i would sleep with a photo of her beneath my pillow and ‘tell Him off’ for taking her away from me… i recall believing at the time, that she meant far more to me than she ever could to God. How little i knew…
As i grew up, different opportunity’s presented themselves to me and i dabbled in this church and that cult, this denomination and that non-denomination…and STILL there was something missing. At last when i hit my thirtieth year, i thought that maybe i had found where God wanted me to be, when i found myself living next to an Anglican Church! Hoorah, i thought!…but even then, it just didn’t feel right for me…I have an enquiring mind, and the more that i read about the roots of Christianity, the more i was convinced that the Anglican church wasn’t the original…the more that i read Sacred Scripture, the more depth was revealed to me by the Holy Spirit…passages i had read for years, suddenly sprang to life…second best was no longer good enough, I wanted to belong to the Church that Christ Himself instituted… that followed the most closely to His teachings, that resolutely obeyed the Sacramental Life that was inaugurated by Christ Himself…in other words… I wanted the One Church that Christ founded on Peter in Matt 16:18
Mat 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. “…but where would i find it….?
One day, after trying to rouse the children on a Sunday morning, and yet again, hearing a hundred and one excuses why they did not want to go to church, i just went to my bedroom and i knelt down and i prayed for God to show me where He wanted us to be. I wanted to educate my children and play a role in their spiritual growth, but i was desperate to know what to teach them…every non Orthodox Church has a different interpretation of..EVERYTHING!.. This wasn’t something that i could do alone – how could i go on using my own will to pick and choose a church, i’d done such a bad job of it for oh so many years! – no, i needed some Divine Intervention here!…I promised God that i would be open to wherever He led me and that i would be faithful to this promise….and He led me right up to the doors of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. Literally.
It didn’t all happen overnight.
It took a little over two years. I knew in my heart that the Catholic Church was the True Church, but even so, i knew that this was a life decision and that i had to understand and accept Catholic Church Teaching and Dogma wholly, this wasn’t something i could enter into lightly. Hence the rather heavy explication process…it was a revelation to me to learn the truth after 33 years of stumbling blindly around from one ‘place of God’ to the next….but it was as though i had been struck by lightening…you can’t pretend it didn’t happen…just because you don’t want it to be true.
I am completely convinced that the Holy Catholic Church is the One True Church that Christ founded upon St. Peter, the first Pope…and that Apostolic succession in the Catholic Church throughout the ages has given us 265 Fathers of the Church….from St.Peter, the first who reigned from 32-67, right up to the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, who began his reign in 1978 and continues to do so… long live Papa!
I am certain that the Holy Catholic Church has the Fullness of Truth and I am completely satisfied that the Church conforms to and confirms in it’s Teaching, all biblical data.
There was always a Catholic Church. There will always be a Catholic Church. God is Truly Present in the Catholic Church. In every possible way. I’m not missing out on anything anymore!