…But their theology didn’t appeal to me. It didn’t make sense.
They worshipped Mary. (I thought.)
They worshipped Saints. (I also thought.)
They tried to earn salvation. (I was told.)
They made stuff up that wasn’t biblical at all. (I was also told.)
And they had a guy in Rome who was a little like Simon Says. (And I believed they did whatever he told them to do.)
And then, I discovered the Eucharist. I think they called what happened to me … infused grace. I read John 6 and I knew it was true. If Jesus Christ was making an appearance at Mass, I had to get there. I had to be there. I had to let His Presence wash over me.
There is no more compelling motivation for becoming Catholic and digging in to find out what Catholics really believe than the truth of the Real Presence.
So they had nuns. That’s nice. What mattered was they had Jesus’ Body and Blood.
So they had big families. Kind of neat. What mattered was they had the Real Presence.
So they had cute boys. I’d long gotten over all those crushes. What mattered now was Jesus and only Jesus.
And when you fall in love with Him, He sets all the misconceptions about His Church in order.
One-by-one the perceived red flags disappeared. They didn’t worship Mary. They didn’t worship the Saints. They believed they were saved by grace which led to faith and good works. They didn’t make up stuff. And the man in Rome – well, I had seen enough Christian division to know that God might want a Vicar on Earth to shepherd the flock. The entire faith was organic. It fit together like the parts of one body.
One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise.
The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 per cent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 per cent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have their first presidential ticket with no Protestant nominees.
I could not figure out why it was that it seemed to be that Catholics worshiped Mary, even though I knew worship of Mary was clearly condemned by the Church. Then I got an insight: Protestants defined worship as songs, prayers and a sermon. So when Catholics sang songs to Mary, petitioned Mary in prayer and preached about her, Protestants concluded she was being worshiped. But Catholics defined worship as the sacrifice of the Body and Blood of Jesus, and Catholics would never have offered a sacrifice of Mary nor to Mary on the altar. This was helpful food for thought.
You know what I love about Tumblr and Christian blogs?
I feel like denominations aren’t such a big deal on here. We are just a bunch of people who love Jesus and want to live for Him. It doesn’t matter if we are Baptists, Pentacostal, Catholic, Lutheran, or Evangelicals.
The point is that we are living to give God the glory. Life a life of worshipping God and loving others.
I’m Catholic, and in my language we don’t say “I love you,” we say “martinus lutherus est stultus, et ‘sola scriptura’ non enim invenitur in scriptura” which means “let’s go to Adoration” and I think that’s beautiful
Growing up in the Protestant church, I always had a fascination with Mary and always wondered why we were not talking about her. I mean she’s undoubtedly the most important woman ever in history and yet there was this silence about her. We had bible studies on Esther, and Ruth, but nothing on Mary…You’d ask a question about Mary and it was like ‘Shh’, we don’t talk about her except at Christmas…
Abby Johnson, former Baptist and Episcopal, speaking on her conversion to Catholic Church (Youtube)