where can i join this church

allez-argeiphontes  asked:

My eyes lit up when you mentioned Quaker post-WS Bucky... any headcanons you feel like sharing? I'm from a Quaker background and I feel it influences so much of my (and my family's) thinking but it's hard to articulate because the past two generations have been non-religious and haven't framed it that way. But their tolerance and non-violence definitely feels Quaker to the core. It's ok if you don't feel like sharing, I just don't come across many Quaker-identified ppl and you've made me think..

oh my god. So this is the ask of my dreams and I’m gonna get WAY in depth here because I have a lot of feelings.

first and foremost, I have to rec from winter, a boundless spring by @notcaycepollard because it features quaker!Bucky who is soft and gorgeous (just like the fic). Also, Vanessa is a member of Quaker Club along with me and @yawpkatsi and now you if you want to be!! Join us, we are small in numbers and (thanks to me and lisa) high in kinks. 

Second, I’m used to people not knowing what being a Quaker is all about, so I’m going to just provide a teeny bit of info. The Quaker religion, like many religions, is different everywhere you go. I grew up in the old, Philadelphian Quaker church. Rumor has it that the Californian Quakers even have guns. Quakers believe in non-violence and passivity to the point where it can actually be harmful. My mother used to tell me to ‘turn the other cheek’. I am just recently unlearning that but I still to this day have a problem watching/ being exposed to lots of violence (the marvel movies are about as hardcore as I can get). Quakers also never posses or own weapons of any kind, even child’s toys. As a child I was not allowed to even play with a water gun. 

So let’s bring post-WS Bucky into this. 

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I was just curious what the process of converting to Catholicism is like?

It’s fairly simple, though long. When you decide you may be interested in, or wanting to join the church, you attend RCIA classes. That stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults! Usually you meet up once a week for six months or more and discuss the church. They explain all the teachings, answer any questions. It’s a time where you can decide if the Church is for you.

RCIA Ends at rhe Easter vigil where people wishing to join are baptized (if not already) and confirmed into the Church!

anonymous asked:

Furthermore it shouldn't matter if there is abuse or not. Falling out of love is something that happens. Why would you fault people for that? Why would you force them to stay in an unhappy marriage, one where there could be a lot of anger and resentment? And yes, divorce can hurt children. But trust me, there is nothing worse than your parents staying together because they think they have to for the church. Divorce is a release after that.

Hello!

It is not about faulting people. “Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate” (Mark 10:9 NABRE). Only death ends marriage. We cannot end marriage. It is a Sacrament. It is holy and it was instituted by God.

I will leave this quote here since I have already presented the option of marital counseling and explained myself in previous posts. 

As St. Thomas Aquinas said, “To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

God bless!

Ad Jesum per Mariam,

María de Fátima

anonymous asked:

I'm a recently red-pilled 23 yr old American woman. I grew up agnostic, a little bit gay, and have "tried on" sjw-ish leanings. Only to find them unfitting, utterly destructive, and uninhabitable. Anyway. How on earth can I begin my journey back to traditionalist values? Join a church? Abandon obsessive-careerism? I find that my soul is calling for a much more wholesome way of living and need help on where to start.

It all begins with a shift in mindset. From whatever you identified as before to what you are now. To begin to see and interpret the world from your new perspective. From there, you have to examine yourself and your lifestyle: does it all fit? Are you congruent with what you believe? If you claim to believe in traditional family values but your main priority is a career, are you being honest with yourself?

The same applies to the question of joining a Church: do you believe in God? If not, are you open to the possibility of the existence of God? Be congruent with what you believe.

If you don’t know what you believe but you’re interested in Traditionalism, check out the reading list on my blog. Every book links to a downloadable PDF. At the very least, read the first recommendation ‘A Handbook of Traditional Living’.

Of Prayers and Churches

I’ve always wondered how churches and religions worked in Narnia, especially because the Pevensies were coming from a place where religion was a highly contested issue and Christianity was still fairly traditional. I know that Calormen has temples to Tash (or maybe that’s just a headcanon some writers have), so I thought that some place to pray in Narnia wasn’t a far off idea. I especially like the idea of Susan being the one to bring up the idea of a church, being as she is so focused on the logic and practicality of life; thus, it makes the most sense for me to have her want a church, to have a physical place to be reminded of your faith. This is also why I believe Edmund will also support her, unlike Peter and Lucy, who see no need for a physical reminder of Aslan. Hope you enjoy this!

The first Sunday after the battle at Beruna, Susan Pevensie woke up—as she always did—at dawn before she realized she had nowhere to be. She had gone over to her armoire and began looking through her jewelry box, filled with the few baubles she had been gifted in the past week. Back home, in England, she kept her cross in a tin box by her bedside table; of course, she was in Narnia now, and there was no tin box and, thus, no cross.

When she realized there would be no Sunday mass because, well, there was no church, Susan sat back down on her bed in her white nightgown. She was still a Christian even if it was war time; her mother made her and her siblings go every Sunday. Even though she wasn’t in England anymore, that didn’t mean she had to give up her faith. But, of course, there were no priests here and no churches and no communion and no mass.

So, she decided she would have her own private prayer, even if it did feel a little strange to miss Sunday mass, and knelt by her bed and began to pray. However, she hit another obstacle. Susan believed in God, as all boys and girls do: in the way that you believed in Santa because you didn’t understand faith and religion and the universe. Of course, she was no ordinary girl; while she still had no understanding of how the universe worked—she did travel to a new world a mere week before—she knew that it was far more complex than adults made it out to be, and certainly much different than the priests at church said it was. By this point, all she knew was that there was Aslan; God, like Santa, felt like a fairy tale to her, but Aslan seemed to be more than magic, more than everything really. He radiated power and love and life, as if he is the only thing that ever will be. So, because she felt more comfortable praying to Aslan than she did God, that is exactly what she did.

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I know I wear all black all day every day, but today is very special. As some of you may know, the Polish government is going to pass a bill to ban abortion all legally, without exception. Even if the child is deformed, if the mother isn’t going to survive, or if she was a victim of rape. This bill also includes a clause where the woman can be criminalised if she miscarries her child, under the suspicion of abortion. This kind of bill is lobbied for because of the power of the church over the government, and, me not being of age when the conservative government was elected, I could not vote to choose this style of politics. Therefore, I join #czarnyprotest to show my dissent and anger towards the puppets of the Catholic Church, and the government that attacks women specifically, even if their miscarriage is a biological process.

I Want a Better Church (And the Church Is Me)

Anonymous asked:

Sometimes I get really angry at the Western-Protestant church for our consumerism in Christianity and how we base our worship services on emotional highs and raise our hands to the bridges and hooks of songs, out of emotion, and neglect the God they are being sung to.


Hey dear friend, I get mad about that, too. There’s a lot of strange fakery out there and I think people are catching on.

Here’s one thing I’d gently like to suggest, and as I have no pastoral authority with you and I’m just a stranger online, you may please feel free to dismiss what I’m saying and to disagree. I hope you will hear me with a pure heart of grace and love for you.

I absolutely believe you’re coming from a genuine place of desiring authenticity. The only thing is, I wouldn’t want that to make you run the opposite way against a certain subculture or a group of people, as if “I’m not gonna be like those Christians” is going to help. I can promise you with guaranteed certainty that it will not.

Consumerist Christianity is bad; emotionalism is bad; legalism and fundamentalism is bad; those are true sentiments. But at times these sincere convictions can filter the way we see all of church, so that by slow degrees we begin to think buildings are bad, programs are bad, techniques are bad, schedules are bad, and let’s not do it like those guys with big speakers and jumbotrons, and we’ll show them what it really looks like, and I’m so anti-institutional and counter-cultural, and I’m so over the plastic manufactured Sunday machine, and let’s be organic and “get back to our roots.” This is such a common temptation to every Christian that I’m sure it’s Satan’s favorite game-plan.

An over-desire to be “purist” is still idolatry. It’s exactly how Satan fractures the church so that Christians will bicker and grumble at each other instead of looking past the box and getting into the battlefield.

How would Satan divide the churches? By making us hate the packaging of the church. By making us hate materialism so much that we’d rather burn down the house than strengthen its structure. And I can tell you, many of these emotional songs and hand-raising moments and jumbo screens are not going away. In fact, they can still be used in a righteous way that would bring Christians closer and not further from the truth: because God redeems culture as much as He redeems crack addicts and criminals. There’s no extra glory for trying to worship in a garage (though I would love that, too).

We can’t get mad at the people in the church, either. There will always be hypocritical Christians who are actually infants learning how to walk, who will shop for churches based on professionalism and will act differently on Monday-Saturday: but we were like that too, and God still worked through us, and He had no contempt for the consumerism that we were still wrestling with inside, and He was there on the first lap of our faith just as much as He’s here now in our animosity.

And can I also say: there’s nothing more boring and bland than a Christian who acts like the modern church is the enemy, instead of seeing her as a friend who has lost her way. There’s nothing worse than a person who sees problems instead of a way through them. And we need grace for that guy, too.


In the end, we will either see these things with contempt or compassion. We will either look at a Westernized church with disgust and reactionary backlash, or we will see her and ask, “What can I do to help?”

Trying to fix the church with our criticism is still part of the problem and only perpetuates a Western hero-savior mentality, in which bad Christians are making bad churches and only the “True Christian Elite” can bring restoration.

I don’t buy into that narrative for a second. It’s the devil’s script. It’s too easy to be dissatisfied and discontent. It’s a false binary war where we pit cultures against each other for no other reason than pride and superiority. I’m not saying you’re doing that: but it’s worth exploring if we’re doing that. If I’m to call myself a Christian, that means I’m part of the ugly parts of the church that I dislike as well as the parts that I like, and I have to do something with both.

Jesus died for all of her and for all of you and me. And it takes a day at a time to dismantle the lies and hypocrisy and sin inside each of us: and that starts where I’m sitting before I look at anyone else.

I’m sorry that it sounds like I’m taking it hard on you. There are certainly terrible things in the church that must be stopped, immediately. But the question remains: What then? And what now? I believe your passion will be a huge element to restoring the church to her true beauty. I hope we can join each other in that good fight, with weapons of love and grace and truth, gentle as a scalpel with the force of a death-breaking power.

J.S.

Gay marriage, Christianity...

From Father Angel:  Following is part of a concern written to me by a person who has questions about the Catholic Church and gay marriage. And at the heart of the concern is wondering whether or not the Catholic Church is just too stubborn? Is it possible that Catholic teaching about gay marriage should just move on, evolve, and change with the times? And if it does not change, will the Church lose those members who are gay and are not feeling affirmed by the Church?

Anon: I do believe I have a vocation. I also long to get married and have a family (with a gay partner). However, I don’t want to (become a Catholic priest and) rush to seal away my fate being single forever you know ? I do believe firmly that I’m VERY blessed to live in an age that, finally, after well over two thousand years, we have finally accepted homosexuality and gay relationships.

Fr. Angel responds: There have always been gay relationships, as in gay friends. And in the Catholic community through the years, there has been knowledge of these relationships. They were accepted up to a point where they were not explicitly labeled “homosexual” but were called “spiritual friendships” or “chaste friendships” because they focused on love, not sex.

But what you are talking about,  what you actually mean is when gay people get together and have sex, either anal, oral, or using some other way to masturbate each other. Okay, that is fine, but let’s just call it what it is—an acceptance of gay sex.  Of course, in modern society, there is an overall insistence on the person’s right to “choice,” or “reproductive freedom” or “responsible, safe sex” without any regard to whether it is moral or ethical conduct.

So, what you are asking of the Catholic Church community is not merely to accept gay friendships that are close, chaste, and committed, but to accept it when gay people get together and have sex. You are asking the Church to accept mores and conduct, approved from a purely secular viewpoint of individual rights, and absorb that into a Christian theology of the body. That is a very tall order.

By the way, just to be clear, although you euphemistically used the term “gay relationships”, we should clarify that this is not the same thing as gay love. There are plenty of gay people who have very deep relationships of love, but without having sex with each other. On the other hand, there are gay people who have lots of sex with multiple partners, or casual partners, and are happy with that, but are not doing it out of “love” in the sense of a long term commitment of sacrifice and fidelity.

Coming from the New Testament theology of Jesus, who only spoke of marriage as being between a man and a woman, and coming from a Catholic interpretation of St. Paul, who insists on the purity of the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit, I can see no reconciliation between what you are asking, and what is the Apostolic Tradition of the Church. It is not just because the Catholic Church respects Natural Law philosophy, as a framework for asking whether something is authentic human nature and therefore whether it is healthy and good for us. It is because the canon of Scripture as formulated in Church Councils does not allow for this new thinking about gay sex, without a huge evolution in nouveau exegesis.

Catholic exegetes do at times go through Greek this and Greek that, through convoluted cultural situations in 1st century Palestine and the Roman Empire, to come up with new interpretations which see the Bible as neutral on the question of gay sex. However, the vast majority of respected Catholic scholars, exegetes and theologians don’t buy it. And when they look at the view of gay sex, as developed in the primitive Christian communities, they see no acceptance of gay sex. Then, when they look at the writings of ancient Fathers, they see even more explicit and clear condemnation of gay sex with the use of “abomination” language to boot.

Bottom line, I don’t see how Catholicism could accept gay sex, and gay marriage, without totally alienating those in the Catholic Church who stand by the classic interpretations of Scripture and Tradition on this question. Even more so, in an age when Catholicism is trying to dialogue more intensely with the hundreds of millions of Christians of the ancient churches of Eastern Orthodoxy, the reversal or turnabout of two millennia of faith and Tradition would doom forever any hope of reunion with the ancient churches of the East.

Anon: I don’t want to throw the possibility of me having a relationship, marriage and family away, because what if that ends up being my vocation? In short, I don’t think I should have to choose and I don’t think while these inclinations are naturally objectively dis-ordered, that they are sinful when performed out of love like a regular straight couple.

“Out of love like a regular straight couple” is another phrase which is used often in the Catholic gay community. But let’s clarify that the vast majority of gay couples do not want to abide by the same moral teachings as a “regular straight couple” in the Catholic community.

This is the difficulty of using phrases like “performed out of love.” It sounds nice. Actually, it sounds great. In our regular marriage preparation, we tell straight couples that it is not enough to perform out of love, but that the Church opposes divorce, contraception, and the unions entered into by people who have not grown sufficiently in maturity and responsibility. And yet, my impression in these debates is that  many Catholic gay couples believe that they should have a special category, or special rules to follow, when it comes to their way of performing out of love.

The vast majority of gay couples do not want to be married. Even the vast majority of Catholic gay couples do not want to be married. If they do get married, they do not want to be told that they have to remain with that partner for life. Even though straight couples have high rates of divorce, there are even much higher rates of split up among gay couples. Furthermore, most gay couples do not wish to have children, nor do they see children as having an essential connection to marriage. For most of them, marriage is a bond of love, period. They don’t necessarily have to be faithful to that bond. They don’t necessarily have to be committed to that bond. And that bond, for the vast majority of gay couples, does not have to bring children along.

 So, in the Catholic Church, there is, and there always has been, a belief that a certain theology about sex has to be preached, if the Church is going to be the Church and be faithful to the Church core identity as Jesus established it. That means that yes, there is a firm belief in the sinfulness of sex acts which are broken off from life time commitment, from stable, mature commitments, and from the openness to life, is not a matter preached for straight couples, while gay couples get a pass.

 Thus, I don’t know how a Christian tries to reconcile gay sex, or heterosexual sex outside of marriage, with the convictions of the New Testament and with the convictions of the early Church.

 In fact, people in the early Church grew up in a Greek and Roman world where there were plenty of orgies and unrestricted sex between couples who had no intention to be together for life, to be faithful to each other, or to have children. The testimony of the early Christians, when they talk about sex, is that such behavior or mores are what they left behind when they became Christian—not what they wanted to embrace in their new life after baptism.

 To say that a person has a “vocation”  or a calling to gay marriage, or to have gay sex, goes against the Church’s conviction that God is not pleased with gay sex or with having gay sex within gay marriage. Yes, I have heard from people that Catholic theologians can now see a possibility of accepting gay sex when it is a case of a gay couple who are committed for life and open to fruitfulness, by way of adoption or artificial means of conception and impregnation. The thinking is that while the Church should see wanton hookups as wrong, there is a place for welcoming loving same sex couples who strive to have a Christian marriage.

 That would require Catholicism to completely invent itself into a new religion. It would require a completely new moral theology which simply dismisses or ignores the fact that only a miniscule number of gay couples want to get married and have a family to begin with (and therefore, why are we inventing a new theology of marriage when it does nothing to serve most of the gay community anyway?). It would also require the Church to dismiss and erase the confession of millions of Catholics, among them the great saints, who adhered to the traditional Faith and the traditional teaching about the sinfulness of sex outside of heterosexual marriage.

There are Christian communities who have reinvented themselves and invented a whole new theology to go along with their acceptance of gay sex. But my challenge, and my question is, why would I belong to a church that can say that the truth of yesterday is a falsehood today? Why would I join a church or religion where the teachings are not connected to the revelation and truth of God, which is unchanging, in order to cater to me, pander to me, and give me the name “Christian” with little of the responsibility that goes with that name? What else will that new religion say to please people? Tomorrow maybe they will be pro-abortion. The day after, maybe they will side with the government to eliminate conscience protection. Or maybe people will see through the moral relativism of such a church, and it will just eventually die off and not be an effective force for building the Kingdom of God?

I haven’t been sharing too much of my personal life here lately, and that’s fine of course, but I would like to share some praise– I visited a certain church for the second time this morning, and I was so blessed by the diverse demographic and how nourishing the pastors’ sermons are. I’ve decided to join their church, and I’m so thankful to be done with the tiring and unsettling season of church-hopping. I’ll be attending my first growth group next week, and I just feel so much joy and peace finally finding a place where I am eager to plant my roots–a place where I can serve and grow in such a beautiful community of believers. Thank you, Lord. You are so good to me.

We have a new member

… and are absolutely thrilled and don’t think we have to introduce Tiernan.
So he will do this by himself

Hi there, I’m Tiernan and am psyched to join the PWS crew! My main blog is mostly landscapes, where I invite folks join me as I explore the trails, woods, rivers and lakes of Southern Wisconsin and beyond… sharing my passion for nature as a place for spiritual regeneration. But I’m also into digital art, urban, portraits, and other experiments and you can see some of that in my side blog. I’ve had an on again, off again love affair with photography for much of my life, my father ‘attending the church of Ansel Adams.’ With the advent of digital photography and tumblr my passion has blossomed again. My goal has always been to seek out interesting patterns, images, shapes, and textures… to seek the strange in the familiar or to make the strange familiar.

In the unlikely case you are not familiar with Tiernan’s work, check out his outstanding photography blog tiernanogphoto with his own fantastic (mainly landscape) photos and also be sure to check his secondary photography-blog tiernanogmuse.

Welcome aboard, T! Welcome to the family!

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My dear Rebekah, I hope this finds you well. I write to offer an update and ask for your advice. Our brothers remain at odds. Klaus will never apologize, not for the blood he’s shed, nor the suffering Hayley continues to endure. And, Elijah can never forgive him. Despite my efforts, we are a house divided. Which is not to say I have no good news… Niklaus kept his word, Marcel controls the Quarter. There, he has founded a fight gym in the old St. Anne’s Church where he tests the mettle of those who wish to join his vampire community. Elijah has begun joining him for sparring. I believe it helps him work through his anger… and he has much anger. While Hope continues to flourish, it is clear she misses her mother. Though Niklaus remains the doting father, he has been of no help in finding a cure for Hayley’s curse. Despite my best efforts, I’ve yet to find the means to undo the spell placed on her and the Crescent wolves, and Hayley herself continues to struggle, unable to see her child except for one night a month during the full moon. And we’re in no position to ask for outside help… Meanwhile, Niklaus has begun to see Camille for what he calls “their little chats.” He claims a desire to amend his ways. In truth, he seems utterly free of remorse… which only drives Elijah further away. I wonder if you would write me with any advice you have on how to heal their fractured bond. Until then, I remain your loving sister Freya.

anonymous asked:

The Church is full of hypocrites and self righteous religious bigots in my opinion, don't know how you can stand it

You know what? Those charges may be true

The Church is made up of people - people are not perfect. Imperfect people make for imperfect Churches. In fact, if I ever found a perfect church - I wouldn’t join it - I’d mess it up in a skinny second!

My point is the Church should be and is a hospital for sinners, not a hotel for saints. It’s a place where people go to improve their spiritual health. Its a place I go for encouragement and to get my ‘Spiritual batteries’ recharged (go me with these metaphors lolol)

Why not give church a try? Don’t worry about the imperfect people because we have a perfect God. Don’t miss out on Jesus and his love and redemption just because some of us Christians have maybe acted in the wrong manner. 

Apocalyptic Modern AU where Darkspawns are like *aliens* or supernatural creatures and Thedas is brought into chaos and everyone dies, few survive.

Mage!Hawke and Boss (his dog) with his old car traveling around Thedas trying to survive and find resources and food.

He meets Varric in a gas station, the dwarf is ‘armed to the teeth’ but he’s a good person and he loves his crossbow, they bond and become best friends.

They travel for months until they meet Merrill, who’s the last survivor of this refugee base and she join them.

Anders, Aveline and Isabela join months later.Anders is patching a wound Isabela got when she was killing some darkspawns. Aveline is insecure about traveling in some old battered cars, but she join anyway.

They meet Sebastian later in an abandoned church and he join the team.

Fenris! They rescue the elf from this dangerous base beneath the earth and Hawke falls for him instantly. Fenris doesn’t speak, just through SL at first and then later just a few words. Hawke is the first one he speaks to and they get together months later (after all the sweet angst).

They eventually find a peaceful and safe place where they can live!

Submit Anon: Encounter with weeaboo could have ended worse
First let me tell you about me and my wife. We’re an odd couple; first us being interracial (me Latino and her White), she’s incredibly good looking and was very successful back in high school… i was on the chess team. Although i had a brief weeaboo phase I quickly got out of it as I started hanging out with the “bad crowd” at my church. I was an outcast and hung out with other outcasts which were mainly ex gang members. Plus i joined the military soon as i got out of high school but worked an admin job and nothing badass. because of my past i had a hard time taking shit from people i don’t know. My father in law is an ex cop and trained my wife in self defense. I think you can see where this is gonna go

When me and my wife were dating we decided to attend an Anime con together. This was her first con and my third. I was a little hesitant on taking her as my past experience wasn’t great… being glomped as soon as i entered the con because i was dressed as sasuke, wasn’t a great introduction to the world of cons. My wife likes to go all out when it comes to  cosplay and she’s really good when she does. We got stopped many times the first day when we went as Kaito and Miku the first day. All was going well and she was having a blast… until the second day. We decided to go as a “humanized” big mac and fluttershy from My little pony that way we don’t sweat a bunch. I had to go to the bathroom really quick and when i returned there was a small group of weebs crowding around my wife going YOUR SUCH A KAWAII FLUTTERSHY OMG DESU~~~~~!!!! I could tell my wife was getting uncomfortable because she’s never dealt with weebs b4 so i had to break up the group fast. I made up some excuse like we had to go to a panel or something when on of the guys in the group shouted something sexual to my wife. I stopped in my tracks and turn and got in this guys face. Mind you I’m 5’4 and 150lbs and this guy is twice my size height wise and width wise. I started telling this guy off to never talk to her that way when one of the female weebs said something along the lines of THATS NOT KAWAII BIG MAC ONLY SAYS YUP AND NOPE YOUR NOT BIG MAC and proceeded to flick my hat off my head and say other stupid weeaboo things. Before i could say anything this girl went flying because my wife had punched her square in the face to which i took the opportunity to attack the ham beast in front of me. Now my wife doesn’t fight like a girl, she fights like a guy so the weeb had no chance. I had steel toed boots and they were the closest thing to cowboy boots i had so the ham beast fell rather quick, although i knew if he decided to fight back i’d have no chance. Security showed up separated us and the bloodied up weeb got info on what happened and we got off the hook somehow. rumor has it this group had been in trouble before. We enjoyed the rest of our con without troubles. 

anonymous asked:

Can you write a smut where you're Michaels sister and he catches you having sex with Calum and he decides to join in?

No but I can write about how you need to go to church and pray for Gods forgiveness on your life choices

where-echoes-come-to-rest  asked:

Father Angel, I was baptized Catholic but raised Lutheran, and my church wasn't the greatest so I ended up with a lot of holes in my faith that I filled in myself, and only about two years ago did I realize that my beliefs more matched Catholicism. Over the past year I've done a lot of research and prayed over it and I believe that the Catholic church is where I should be. What would to conversion process look like for me? (i.e. how would it differ from those who weren't baptized Catholic?)

Hello,

I would recommend that you follow blogs on Tumblr where the bloggers struggle to understand the Catholic Faith, believe its teachings, and live it with joy. 

Whether you decide to remain Lutheran, or become Catholic, or join another Christian denomination, or just be an “independent,” you can count on joyful Catholics to help you and pray with you so that God’s will is done.

The journey towards Catholicism is marked with many stops along the way, to clarify, to grow, and to be patient with the Church. It is a very large denomination—Catholic priests and staffs are not always prompt to welcome newcomers, who get lost in the crowd.

Sometimes, converts have to call the local Catholic parish four or five times before someone calls them back and helps them get into an RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). If the RCIA class is finishing in the spring, the parish invites you to wait until September when the new class will begin.

Another difficulty is that Catholic scandals are always front page news. If the Pope, or a bishop, or a priest, has said or done anything that seems hurtful, or harmful, it gets lots of attention. Catholic teachings against abortion, gay marriage, embryonic stem cell research, birth control, or teachings in favor of social justice upset others. 

Within Catholic circles, there are some Catholics who like to say up front that they don’t take their faith seriously. They talk about which beliefs of the Church they accept, and which teachings they toss out. Some don’t even go to Mass. Those who regularly go to Mass fight and argue about whether or not the Church is “conservative enough” or “liberal enough.” Some of the fights are downright silly.

Then there is the problem of a lack of intimate fellowships. A Baptist friend of mine who became Catholic compared her local Baptist church to a small country store. Everyone knew her personally, asked about her when she wasn’t there, and she knew everything being offered spiritually through her little church.

When she became Catholic, she compared the Church to a Costco or Sam’s Club, which is huge with sprawling merchandise that is overwhelming and large crowds who see you as a stranger. It was kind of a shock to her that most people at Mass didn’t know who she was, and that she was a convert, If she was gone, no one asked about her. Being part of a Catholic congregation seemed a little impersonal to her.

Nonetheless, she still wanted to be a Catholic because she loved the Church’s clear doctrine and changeless Tradition dating back to the Apostles. She loved the possibilities of finding a Mass that would nourish her because there are no many rites of ceremonies. She loved the invitation to participate in the sacramental life of the Church, to have her sins absolved and to receive Jesus Christ in the riches of holy Communion.

Even though she was already baptized, her parish had her go through the RCIA program along with other adults who had not even been baptized. It was frustrating at times because she already knew so much. Still, she understood that her local Catholic parish did not have enough volunteers to offer special classes for those who were already baptized in their previous Protestant denominations.

As well as calling the office of the local Catholic community, it would also be a very good idea to follow certain blogs to see if our Faith sits well with your own ideas and whether you can accept the Catholic interpretation of Jesus’ Word as the truth. You can write to these bloggers and ask questions, or ask for prayer as well. If you decide the Catholic Faith is not for you, you can still be assured that they will wish you the best and respect your conscience. 

There are many excellent bloggers. A few that come to my mind would be:

http://theraccolta.tumblr.com/

http://by-grace-of-god.tumblr.com/

http://alwaysabeautifullife.tumblr.com/

http://acatholicvibe.tumblr.com/

http://caelumsidereum.tumblr.com/

http://greluc.tumblr.com/

http://twocrowns.tumblr.com/

http://emeraldgreentrad.tumblr.com/

http://patron-saint-of-smart-asses.tumblr.com/

http://sitlausdeo.tumblr.com/

This list is taken from the top of my head and is just a light sprinkling of the many good Catholic blogs that I have been blessed to be familiar with.

Not just you, but anyone who checks into these blogs, will find links to other Catholic bloggers as well who are grounded in their faith and are good folks. 

Whatever you decide to do in your journey toward God, please know that you are in my prayers and best wishes. Nothing in life is more difficult than seeking out the truth about God and remaining joyfully committed in that truth. Our Lord will not withhold His amazing grace as you journey. 

Finally, please accept my apology for taking so long to answer this ask. It was one of those messages in my inbox which was sandwiched in between longer messages. I’m glad I was able to finally fish it out and answer it. Perhaps other bloggers who find it will send along to you their best wishes and prayers. God bless and take care, Fr. Angel