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Posted on 07/03/2004 12:14:49 AM PDT by melsec

Hi all,

After reading a thread earlier which talked about the Charisms of the Holy Spirit I thought about not seeing the Spirit but being able to see His effects i.e. like the wind blowing analogy. For me and I believe for most people their is a critical moment in life when we make the decision to follow the Lord or not I am really interested to hear other people's comments on this or their testimonies on how God moved on them.


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For me I was blessed to be brought up in a strong Catholic family and attended a school run by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Still around 15 or so I started to attend church irregularly. My Dad had become a Charismatic Catholic and, after some amount of pushing, he had persuaded me to attend a prayer meeting. I was about 18. At this time I experienced what I must call an Epiphany. It struck me that all this stuff that I had been hearing about since I was born was real - yes really real- from that point onwards I have never had doubt of God's existance and His love for His children
1 posted on 07/03/2004 12:14:49 AM PDT by melsec
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To: melsec

Bump - to answer later


2 posted on 07/03/2004 12:19:15 AM PDT by AnimalLover
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To: narses
Would you be interested in Pining your Catholic list with this.

Blessings

Mel

3 posted on 07/03/2004 12:47:02 AM PDT by melsec (No other Name!)
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To: melsec

For sure there does come a point in one's life where that revelation is made...I can vouch for it for I have been there and experienced the same.


4 posted on 07/03/2004 4:30:25 AM PDT by ejo
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To: melsec; GatorGirl; maryz; afraidfortherepublic; Antoninus; Aquinasfan; Askel5; livius; ...

Ping.


5 posted on 07/03/2004 7:12:25 AM PDT by narses (If you want ON or OFF my Catholic Ping List email me. +)
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To: melsec
My conversion didn't happen until I was 50. I won't go into the details, but I can truthfully say it was the high point of my life, and that includes everything. Since then, my life has centered on God.

You didn't say how old you are now, so I wonder how long it's been since your 'revelation', as you call it. I only mention that because after the initial 'epiphany', a certain reality sets in. I'll leave that for you to discover.

'These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, 'and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.'

"But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you."

6 posted on 07/03/2004 7:14:43 AM PDT by Arguss (Take the narrow road)
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To: Arguss
I am 43 now and the revelation has not worn off - so to speak - even though the initial feelings have. The reality set in a long time ago and I realise that being a Christian is a lot of hard work - and it's getting harder -thank God for His mercies and consolations.

Mel

7 posted on 07/03/2004 2:53:08 PM PDT by melsec (No other Name!)
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To: melsec

Congratulations on the real deal!


8 posted on 07/03/2004 5:45:44 PM PDT by Arguss (Take the narrow road)
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To: melsec

Wonderful story.


9 posted on 07/03/2004 6:21:40 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: melsec; *Catholic_list; father_elijah; nickcarraway; SMEDLEYBUTLER; Siobhan; Lady In Blue; ...
Tell us about your Catholicity.

Catholic Discussion Ping!

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Catholic Discussion Ping List.

10 posted on 07/03/2004 6:24:22 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: melsec; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...


11 posted on 07/03/2004 6:42:51 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: Salvation
I left the faith when I first went to college. I did avail myself of the Catholic Priest there, not for absolutions but for Confession. After I finished Grad school I was consulting, teaching adult and had married.

I got sick one day, kept smoking and my throat swelled like a bullfrog, with a 104 fever. My throat felt it was on fire. After a hospitalization, I could talk and asked for a real confession. I got the most liberal Priest at the Hospital, but I didn't know it at the time.

He heard my confession for a half hour, patiently. He gave me a sorta Absolution and I asked can "I get Absolution?" He then gave me a proper one. I asked him if he had an Rosaries around I would love to pray one for Thanksgiving. He said use your fingers. Five minutes later he came in with one excitedly, it was a red cheapie that I still have as a prized possession.

A little later a person came is and was asked if I wanted Communion, he was sent by the Priest.

A week later I went to a book store and got to know the owner, who helped me re-Cathechize myself. I got reading material galore, Catholic Answers, videotapes and audio tapes. I read books upon books. I did pretty well getting up to snuff.

A few of us had dinner, and I told them this story and they related to me this was quite the liberal Priest. I was pleased he was so good to me.

I mentioned the date of my Hospital stay. It was 2-3 Feb. 3 Feb is St. Blaise Feast, where your throat is blessed. I never realized it, it being ten years since my last throat blessing.

When God wants your attention, he knows how to grab you by the throat.
12 posted on 07/03/2004 6:49:43 PM PDT by Dominick ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." - JP II)
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To: Arguss; Salvation
Thank-you and Blessings to you both.

Mel

13 posted on 07/03/2004 7:43:28 PM PDT by melsec (No other Name!)
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To: Dominick
"When God wants your attention, he knows how to grab you by the throat."

Great story Dominick

Like I said in an earlier post it really is a case of God working or moving on us - then hopefully we respond. I do believe God draws all people to himself - so sad many don't recognise Him when he comes and so sad so many refuse Him.

Mel

14 posted on 07/03/2004 7:49:32 PM PDT by melsec (No other Name!)
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To: melsec

bumping for later...


15 posted on 07/03/2004 8:38:49 PM PDT by redhead (Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?)
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To: melsec

I'm a cradle catholic, fell away in my teenage years. Later, in my early twenties, had a minor trial and began a dialogue with God. I spoke to him as if he were standing at the foot of my bed, thats when it started. Very shortly thereafter, I went to confession and oh it felt so good to wipe the slate clean. There something to confessing your sins out loud to someone and HEARING them say to you that you are absolved in Jesus' name. Then, my father told me about Medjugorie and that sealed it for me and have been going strong since. I experience dry spells, the last one was a couple years, that was difficult. Its hard to pray when you don't have the desire to do so, but I managed by the grace of God.

Everytime I receive the Eucharist, I imagine Jesus hugging me. Its wonderful. I love and treasure my catholic faith.


16 posted on 07/03/2004 10:29:39 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion have been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Dominick
**When God wants your attention, he knows how to grab you by the throat.**

Thank you for sharing.

When God wanted my attention he grabbed my husband's throat. We had been on a Marriage Encounter weekend and had also been a M. E. team couple. We thought we were having the best years of our lives and our five children did NOT want their old parents back.

My husband umpired Little League games and that is when the coughing started. First they thought it was inhaled dust from the baseball diamond. Then a virus. Oxygen tank in our home and an appointment with a specialist for a biopsy.

So we drove to Portland and the biopsy failed, but the x-rays showed lung cancer. The phases of grief kicked in with the denial and bargaining for me. The oncologist told us in April that my husband had six months to live. He died the last day the following August.

He underwent two series of chemotherapy and started radiation and then told me he was quitting. I was furious and the two next phases of grief kicked in -- anger and depression.

After my husband's death I survived with the help of a Jewish counselor, pretty good lady, really. But a year after my husband's death a friend from Marriage Encounter whose wife had died in six weeks from lymphoma encouraged me to attend a Beginning Experience weekend.

It was in the same facility in Portland that my husband and I had experience numerous Marriage Encounter weekends -- never do that to anyone. It was a terrible weekend for me because I relived the vivid marriage memories connected with the building and chapel, etc.

I attended my scan B. E. weekend a year later and started the last phase of my journey through grief -- acceptance.

I am now in what Elisabeth Kubler-Ross refers to as "Reaching Out".

God touched me so vividly during the chemotherapy -- I found the courage to tell my husband that it was OK for him to die. Maybe that's why he had the courage to abandon the radiology treatments. He died at home with our family around him saying a Rosary. It was beautiful as we all said good-bye to him -- and even though he was in a coma he reached out to give me and each of our five children a good-bye hug.

The essence of the Holy Spirit lingered in the room for nearly 5 or 6 minutes. It was amazing.

I am now actively involved in the B. E. ministry, a ministry for returning Catholics, just finished an evangeliztion program in our archdiocese of which I was the chair at my parish and this last year I served as chair of the Pastoral Council.

I really have come full circle from being so angry at God for taking my husband to reaching out to all and doing the work that Jesus would have me do.

From my story -- you can deduce why I chose the screename Salvation!
17 posted on 07/03/2004 10:32:09 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Oops.

I attended my scan B. E. weekend
second B. E. weekend


18 posted on 07/03/2004 10:35:43 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: diamond6
Awesome sister!

Mel

19 posted on 07/03/2004 10:39:11 PM PDT by melsec (No other Name!)
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To: Salvation
You are doing the Lord's work in the Beginning Experience, a program that many Catholics approach with lots of emotions, under wraps.

God can handle whatever these often-angry people throw at Him, but you folks need to be lifted up in our prayers to take the brunt of their anger.

You are where you are supposed to be.

20 posted on 07/03/2004 10:39:22 PM PDT by sinkspur (There's no problem on the inside of a kid that the outside of a dog can't cure.)
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To: sinkspur

Thank you. But I am ready to move on and let someone else take on the running of B. E. of Oregon! LOL!


21 posted on 07/03/2004 11:06:01 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: diamond6
Everytime I receive the Eucharist, I imagine Jesus hugging me. Its wonderful. I love and treasure my catholic faith.

How absolutely beautiful! This prompts me to pass along one of many wonderful things God has done for me.

I am quite a social person and love to give everyone a big hug. A couple of years ago when our church was being renovated, the Tabernacle was put into a small room off the school auditorium where Mass was celebrated. I had asked a friend about heaven and if we made it would it be OK to give Jesus a big hug. She said you would know what is appropriate when and if you get there.

The very next day I was alone in the little room with the Tabernacle and started to say my rosary. All of a sudden my thoughts turned to the conversation of the day before. And then the following words formed in my brain, "You don't have to wait to get to heaven to hug me, come hug me now"! In tears I went up and hugged the Tabernacle - it was a most wonderful experience. Since the church has been completed and the Tabernacle resides in a Chapel off the main church, every opportunity I get I make it a point to give Jesus a great, big hug.

Anyone else who has the opportunity to do the same, I guarantee you will never forget it!

22 posted on 07/04/2004 1:14:07 AM PDT by AnimalLover
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To: melsec

I was brought up in a Protestant family. I went to Sunday school every so often, but didn't attend regularly until I began singing in the choir. Some years I went regularly; other years I didn't. Other than one grandmother, I probably went more than anyone else in the family.

My husband grew up in a Catholic family but fell away shortly before we started dating. He began attending my services at my church and singing in the choir, also.

After 30 years of service, our minister retired and the new one was very different. He was far more liberal in his theology and elsewhere. I began to question much of what I was hearing from the pulpit. After several discussions with the new minister, I began seeking answers from friends I trusted. One, who had some answers that actually made sense to me was a cousin of my husband who was studying to be a Deacon in the Catholic Church. I had many wonderful conversations with he and his wife. Many of the people here at FR know him as ThomasMore.

I'm a "black and white" person; there are very few gray areas in my life. When searching for answers, the Catholic Church provided strong ones. But even then, it was the Holy Spirit which, when I began to pay attention, took hold of my heart and filled it with a shining light that was so strong, it literally took my breath away - and still does!

The rest is history. My life, since my conversion, has been so much better. My husband and I had our marriage blessed in 2000. My children have all had their 1st Communions. I don't suffer from doubt and indicision as I used to. I don't fear death. I rejoice in the small things I see each day. I worry far less. There is peace in my life - even when day-to-day chaos is all around me in the form of my 3 wacky, wonderful children! Praise God!


23 posted on 07/04/2004 3:41:18 AM PDT by no more apples (God Bless our troops)
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To: melsec

I was born into basically nothing. The only time I ever attended church was to be baptized a Lutheran when I was six. Met and married a cradle Catholic and she prayed hard that I would find God. I was very thick headed and it took 19 years of marriage for God to finally find his way through my thick skull.

After many sleepless nights, waking for what I thought was not good reason, I finally just lay in my bed and for the first time in my life, I really prayed. One week later I started attending church regularly, two months later I decided to enter the OCIA class at church. My first Sunday accepting God’s body and blood I balled my eyes out in church; the feeling of relief, love, and oneness overwhelmed me. 5 years later I’m a 4th degree Knight, on the OCIA team, sing (?) in the choir, am a lector, and try in other ways to repay God for the many blessings he has given me over the past 48 years. Oh yeah, and no more sleepless nights.


24 posted on 07/04/2004 5:53:42 AM PDT by Andyman
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To: AnimalLover

Wow. Your story brought tears to my eyes. If only there were more catholics like you.


25 posted on 07/04/2004 7:41:29 AM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion have been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Andyman
Andyman said:

"My first Sunday accepting God's body and blood I balled my eyes out in church; the feeling of relief, love, and oneness overwhelmed me."

I was wondering how many others reading this thread have received the 'gift of tears'?

St. Ambrose says of the two conversions that, in the Church,

"there are water and tears: the water of Baptism and the tears of repentance."

God granted me that Grace, and I consider it the greatest gift of consolation that He could grant.

If anybody has received it and wants to know more about it, read St. Catherine of Siena 'The Dialoge' or St. John of the Cross 'Dark Night of the Soul'

There is a whole theology to it.

26 posted on 07/04/2004 11:48:57 AM PDT by Arguss (Take the narrow road)
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To: no more apples

**There is peace in my life**

Thank you for sharing your story!


27 posted on 07/04/2004 1:53:52 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Andyman

**the feeling of relief, love, and oneness overwhelmed me.**

Andyman, I have tears in my eyes, thank you!


28 posted on 07/04/2004 1:55:27 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: AnimalLover

Wonderful story. I think you will get a great big hug in heaven!


29 posted on 07/04/2004 1:57:43 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Arguss

**"there are water and tears: the water of Baptism and the tears of repentance."**

The tears happened to me one evening after Confession. I just felt so close to God. All I could do was sit there and sob quietly for about 10 minutes before I could even begin to say my Penance.

I help to give healing weekends for the divorced, widowed and separated or anyone who has suffered a significant loss in their life. Tears are definitely a part of it, and we let them cry. But we also encourage them to put their thoughts and feelings down on paper.

Just like the Marriage Encounter weekend, presentations are given, there is a quiet reflection time and then we have a small group time. (Obviously no couples on these weekends.)


30 posted on 07/04/2004 2:01:51 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Arguss

BTW, click on my name to read my profile and find the direct link to Beginning Experience.


31 posted on 07/04/2004 2:03:19 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Andyman
Your story is so familiar - it is exactly what happened to my father many, many years ago. He and my grandparents immigrated from Germany. He was also baptized Lutheran, met my mother (cradle Catholic) married and within 7 to 10 years, he became a Catholic - very strong Catholic and very involved in the church. After my Mom passed away in 1976, he started working with Mother Theresa's group in Detroit, Mich. He passed on to meet Mom and their heavenly rewards in 1992.

Sorry, after reading your post it all came back to me. Thanks and God bless!

32 posted on 07/05/2004 12:16:12 AM PDT by AnimalLover
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To: diamond6
If only there were more catholics like you.

There are - as one gets older one starts listening with an open mind and things become so clear.

I remember being a teenager and even in later years, I knew it all, had too much going on in my head and didn't take the time to be QUIET and listen!

Amazing what one hears!

33 posted on 07/05/2004 12:19:52 AM PDT by AnimalLover
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To: Salvation
I think you will get a great big hug in heaven!

Thanks Salvation! I know you will receive a big hug too - and - I plan to be second or third in line to also give you a hug!

As a matter of fact, all of you wonderful people who have opened up so in this thread, I send you all a great big hug right now. You are ALL in my prayers.

Perhaps one day we can all get together for a 4th of July picnic in heaven!

By the way, has anyone seen the video "All Animals go to Heaven"? It's put out by Dr. Jack VanImpe and his wife Rexella. I've had to put down five of my beloved pets over the years and after seeing this video, I feel much better about everything.

I do get carried away, don't I?

34 posted on 07/05/2004 12:28:34 AM PDT by AnimalLover
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To: Andyman

God is good hey! Better late than never. I don't think God needs our pay back but I certainly understand your expression of love and gratitude at His great mercy and forgiveness. I believe it's what Paul meant when he said he was under obligation to preach the Gospel.

Blessings,

Mel


35 posted on 07/05/2004 12:51:14 PM PDT by melsec (No other Name!)
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To: AnimalLover; Salvation; Arguss; diamond6; Andyman; no more apples; sinkspur; redhead; Dominick; ...
"As a matter of fact, all of you wonderful people who have opened up so in this thread, I send you all a great big hug right now. You are ALL in my prayers."

I long to hear Catholics share their faith and love of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the way people have in this thread. I have heard Protestants do it for years I really believe every Catholic has a story that they may not have considered - It is however the word of their Testimony and it says to others that God is alive and working in and through his people's lives. Theology is great, doctrine is great however nthing seems to speak more directly to outsiders or build up the fatih of insiders more than a persoanl testimony of what God has done for them and how much they love him for it. It's great news!

36 posted on 07/05/2004 1:04:22 PM PDT by melsec (No other Name!)
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To: melsec

**I really believe every Catholic has a story that they may not have considered - It is however the word of their Testimony and it says to others that God is alive and working in and through his people's lives.**

Definitely!


37 posted on 07/05/2004 1:28:29 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All
Here is the story of a Protestant who became a Catholic! Very powerful!

The Scott Hahn Conversion Story

38 posted on 07/05/2004 1:31:25 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: melsec
Being Catholic and part of this wonderful experience of exchanging important events in our lives, it suddenly struck me that we include all that are non-Catholic - and those that are Jewish. I'm certain that there are those God fearing people who have their stories to tell too.

Let's all gather 'round the campfire and exchange the wonderful things that have happened to each and every one of us courtesy of a loving Father!

39 posted on 07/05/2004 9:47:15 PM PDT by AnimalLover
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To: Salvation
After reading through Free Republic and posting my comments I turned off the computer to clean up paperwork. Lo and behold I came across a slip of paper with the site www.fatima.org. Have no idea where it came from. Checked it out and thought - maybe I'm supposed to pass this along to my friends. There are three parts and rather lengthy reading but I found it most enlightening and some points have been clarified for me.

Since I don't know how to make it a direct link in this posting, I will post the address next.

40 posted on 07/06/2004 12:08:47 AM PDT by AnimalLover
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To: AnimalLover

The Third Secret Revealed!

http://www.fatima.org/third.html


41 posted on 07/06/2004 12:10:15 AM PDT by AnimalLover
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To: AnimalLover

One More Thing!

HOLY FATHER
Please Stop the Persecution of this Faithful Priest and His Fatima Apostolate!


http://www.fatima.org/engappeal.html


42 posted on 07/06/2004 12:20:14 AM PDT by AnimalLover
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To: AnimalLover
Nicholas Gruner is not a faithful priest.

A faithful priest honors his vow of obedience to his ecclesiastical superiors.

Mr. Gruner has demonstrated time and again that this vow means nothing to him.

Mr. Gruner and his supporters may argue that his disobedience to his superiors is a token of his "higher obedience to God." His supporters should remember that this is the same argument employed by Martin Luther to scant his own vow of obedience.

That being said, Our Lady of Fatima is a powerful intercessor and every Catholic should know about the Miracles of Fatima.

43 posted on 07/06/2004 6:30:02 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: melsec
When I was young, I was a "good kid." The proudest moment of my life remains the day in elementary school when I took a bloody nose from three kids who were picking on a semi-retarded kid. I was raised Catholic, in a largely culturally Catholic home, although we did attend Church weekly. My dad was raised Catholic, my mother was raised non-practicing Anglican.

My spirit began to diminish in jr. high and almost collapsed in high school. A lack of good teaching combined with bad teaching, such as evolution and modern literature, as well as the sex-saturated popular culture, began to erode my character. In high school my two heroes were Jesus Christ and Mick Jagger. Talk about cognitive dissonance!

College introduced me to girls and partying, and things continued to spiral down, although to the outside world, I was a success, since I had a degree in engineering and I had an attractive (atheist) girlfriend.

When she dumped me after her graduation, I thought the world had come to an end. By this time I had figured out that I hated engineering (I chose the profession for the money and because I figured no one could tell me that 1 + 1 = 3). So at age 23 my mid-life crisis began. I began to search. My search began, strangely enough, with economics. I practically worshipped Milton Friedman since seeing his TV series in the late 70s. Finally I had found something that was true, and someone who wasn't afraid to speak it!

Meanwhile, my mother developed cancer. I went to a retreat that year. I had to ask a friend if he had a Bible that I could bring along, since our family didn't have one. My mother died, and the following year, my father died. It was a time of tremendous grief and isolation. During this time I went through an Objectivist phase, which I ultimately rejected because of Rand's atheism. But I couldn't counter her arguments. I examined many other modern philosophical systems, but found none of them satisfying.

Eventually, because of Milton's Friedman's influence, I began to look into the natural law, which ultimately led me to Thomas Aquinas. At last I had found the philosophical pearl of great price. I spent the next few years reading mostly Peter Kreeft and C.S. Lewis.

Today, 20 years later, my life revolves around Christ and His Church. Sometimes I wonder if I've changed (my childhood friends have noticed a difference), and then I remember that 20 years ago I was too embarrassed to go into a store to buy a Bible. I thought people would think I was a religious nut 8-)

44 posted on 07/06/2004 8:11:20 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: melsec
Like I said in an earlier post it really is a case of God working or moving on us - then hopefully we respond.

Mother Angelica says, "when I think God's telling me to do something, I do it!"

It's as simple as that.

45 posted on 07/06/2004 8:14:14 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Aquinasfan
I forgot to mention two important parts of my story. During my sophomore year in college, the week after I met my girlfriend, I clearly remember saying "thanks for everything God, but I have a beautiful girlfriend, and I'm going to make a lot of money when I graduate, so I'll get back to you on my deathbed."

I really said that. That moment marked the beginning of my slide, which didn't turn around until my parents' illnesses which I mention above.

My revival began my senior year in college when, in a state of total despair and confusion, I asked God to send me suffering. He answered my prayer, and sorted out my life.

46 posted on 07/06/2004 8:19:25 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: AnimalLover
"You don't have to wait to get to heaven to hug me, come hug me now"! In tears I went up and hugged the Tabernacle - it was a most wonderful experience.

A couple of months ago I took my two daughters (6 & 9) into Church for a few minutes of Eucharistic adoration. We knelt to pray, and then I noticed that my youngest girl was inching toward the Tabernacle. My older girl looked at me and I whispered, "it's OK." We watched. She stood up, spread out her arms, and gave the Tabernacle a great big hug. It made my body tingle. It's a moment I'll always treasure.

47 posted on 07/06/2004 8:25:29 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Aquinasfan

**Eventually, because of Milton's Friedman's influence, I began to look into the natural law, which ultimately led me to Thomas Aquinas. At last I had found the philosophical pearl of great price**

What a powerful story! Thank you for sharing it.


48 posted on 07/06/2004 8:26:58 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Arguss
I was wondering how many others reading this thread have received the 'gift of tears'?

I did at my wedding. Couldn't keep them back. My wife didn't though, which was a little embarrassing 8-)

49 posted on 07/06/2004 8:28:43 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Aquinasfan
Amen and what a great testimony - it's amazing how God can even use the bad things in our lives to show us how empty we are without him. Man he loves us so much it really is hard to fathom at times.

Blessings

Mel

50 posted on 07/06/2004 11:13:14 AM PDT by melsec (No other Name!)
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