Conversions: Why I am Catholic 2
OK, so I am feeling pretty lazy to go into the details of being Catholic today… and anyway I am supposed to be working, detailing business processes and cleaning data migration specs (such fun! not!). So instead today I’ll focus on the amazing conversion stories and journeys others have been on. They have elements of what has gone on in my life and are part of y strengthening in faith. To this end, I’ll just link to my favourites and you can go there and browse them and all.
A new one I’ve just discovered is Canterbury Tales by Taylor Marshall. the link goes to one post I absolutely love of which an excerpt is below-
Fundamentally, I am a Catholic because I believe with all my heart that the Church is the Body of Christ. As Saint Paul once wrote, “Love believes all things” (1 Cor 13:7), and I believe that the Church isn’t merely an an institution, but that it is the Mystical Body of Christ. He is the head of the Body, the Church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything He might be pre-eminent (Col 1:18). Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of His body, that is, the Church (Col 1:24). That you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth (1 Tim 3:15).
The “Church question” is therefore unavoidable. The biblical concept of “Church” cannot be equated with “local congregation” or “voluntary club”. It is something much more. The Church is not the “invisible Soul” of Christ, she is the visible “Body of Christ”. There is no such thing as “an invisible Church,” because the Church is defined as “the Body” which is a visible, empirical reality.
I mean who can refute that!
Another favourite of mine whom I follow is Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary, which is a blog on her conversion story from atheism to Catholicism and what’s been happening since. I love her questions because they are questions I ask, or if don’t that I should be asking. Links to her conversion story and why she is Catholic are here and here.
Another one I followed is De Cura Animarum though Jeffewry Steel is taking a break from blogging, it has great archives.
And a whole bunch of them can be found here and here! Why am I posting and linking to these… it’s becasue the rationalising and logic many seek as to why one would even wnat to be Catholic is found ion these stories… and that I enjoy reading them 😀