|As members of the Communion of Saints, |
we all have stories to tell of God's grace working in our lives!
If you haven't read the original posts about Aqua's conversion, I highly recommend them. They point to the amazing way God works in the lives of his children. I would happily publish other conversion stories from our readers. Maybe Susan will share hers.
I want to thank Mary Ann, whose idea it was for me to write this, and who gave me space on her blog to publish it.
I mentioned a “book” I wrote, many years ago, which summarized my beliefs after much thinking and studying - the “book” was a way for me to put down on paper all the thoughts swimming around, and thereby organize them … to better understand them. I am well aware that most of my comments are “too long”, but by commenting in this way, it helps me to organize my thoughts to better understand what I believe about all the various interesting topics. This “testimony”, or meditation, whatever it was, is kind of like that - in that it helped to recall where I came from, where I am going, and why I chose this particular path many, many years ago.
Thanks for reading it. It was a little intimidating putting it out there, so I appreciate the kind comments.
My main point of responding to Mary Ann’s kind invitation was to indicate to any who read this that we Catholics all have interesting “testimonies”, stories to tell. It is important to never forget why we converted in the first place, or for Cradle Catholics, why you have remained true to your Baptism and Confirmation all those years. Than to remember - *What is the point … Why did you do any of it … Is your Catholic Faith a footnote in life or the story itself … what is it you intend to bring to God when He asks you what you did with the “Talents” (spiritual treasure) He granted to you (Matt 25: 14-30) in this grand adventure of life.
Everyone (mostly) has stories to tell similar to this. I have found the most rewarding part of the Roman Catholic Faith we share is to encourage each other with our own stories! Too often we get carried away on details and debates. We are future members of the Body of Christ within the Beatific Vision! Perfect harmony and communion singing the most beautiful songs *WITH* God and the Angels forever. It is better to remember what unites us, than what divides us; to be encouraged in ultimate victory; to remember and never forget that Jesus Christ is our King and not far away - He is our “friend” (John 15:15). What unites us is the grace of God that restores us from death to life and the grace that moves us to live like Christ and the grace that leads us to happiness even while, or because of, suffering with Our Lord.
I recommend the exercise - to remember why you are Catholic, and what it is that your Faith is calling you to … something that might, perhaps, fit on your tombstone one day as a fitting remembrance.
Maybe Mary Ann might share her space with others to share their stories? The best part about being Catholic is hearing the stories of others and thereby sharing not just the common struggle … but the ever-present rewards and solace God provides to those who are faithful.