Skip to comments.I'm joining the Catholic Church next month. Advice/Books/Etc.?
Posted on 05/28/2008 6:05:04 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007
Hello fellow Freepers. I believe this is my first post on the Religion forum.
Over the past week or so, I put some thought into something I've been pondering for a while; my spiritual welfare. As it was, I had been part of the 'Sola Scriptua' school of thought (Evangelical Christian). By the Bible and only the Bible. Sounded good enough.
Well...what about before the Bible was put into word? It stuck in my head when reading an article earlier on FR concerning a deconstruction of Sola Scriptura and its inherent weaknesses as a foundation for one's faith.
This, combined with a genuine lack of churchgoing (as a family, we've been uncertain about going to various churches, given that top-down problems with Episcopal/Methodist/etc. churches and their increasing liberalization are a genuine problem for one's spiritual welfare), compelled me to make a decision.
I don't know if my family will follow me, persay, but I'm going to go ahead and take the plunge.
Next month, I'm going to the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle near my home, and I'm joining the Roman Catholic Church.
As is, I have a few volumes of the Magnificat pamphlet and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to read.
Any other pointers from other Catholic Freepers?
I never really thought any of this religion stuff would actually change people’s opinions. Good luck in your new faith.
welcome to HIS one holy catholic and apostolic church..
God bless you!!!
OMG!! Congratulations!!!! I am a 60 year old cradle Catholic, educated by nuns for 9 years. ....You are BLESSED that you are becoming a Catholic. The Catechism is the only book I could suggest and the BIBLE!! Jesus gave us the ULTIMATE roadmap to heaven.....ENJOY!! Daily Mass if you can.
Oh bless you!
Scott Hahn’s “Catholic for a Reason” turned my hubby.
He was welcomed into the church two years ago and is now an usher and very devout.
May our Lord bless you on your journey!!!!
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Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of interest. The Baltimore Catechism (1891 version)
A Catholic Bible.
John Hagee - lol.
Actually, it looks like the Catholic Church has worked hard to clean up its act over the last few years.
A liitle surprising that one would choose the Catholic Church over a Bible-believing Protestant church.
The important thing to keep forever in your mind is that Jesus Christ is Lord. May He lead you in your every step.
Read the 1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The grace and the guidance of the Holy Spirit be with you!
For a time as a young adult, I a Catholic born, adhered to the Holy Bible as the only Source of God’s Word
But the Church is the repository of the Holy Sacraments. Compare its observance of the Holy Eucharist to any other Christian denomination. They commemorate, Catholics experience, the Presence of the living Christ.
Prayers on your new journey... Steven Ray “Crossing the Tiber” is an excellent book for you.
Right behind you, brother.
~ Tiber Towelboy
Good idea to read the catechism.
For people converting to the Church (as I did, 25 years ago) there is a process called, “Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults” (RCIA for short), and it’s to help you be sure that the Catholic Church is the place where you are at home.
I’ll keep you in prayers, and please, keep us all posted.
I’m curious about what turned your mind toward the Church, if you don’t mind talking about it. It is, after all, your private business. For me, reading the Bible through and through many times led me to the oldest Church and the most competent people I could find to teach me to worship Christ in Spirit, and in Truth.
I found the Lord Jesus Christ, Risen Son of the Living God, in the mass.
Welcome Home Brother. The Eternal Truth of Our Lord is His Gift to us.
As a Catholic, you're in for...the Real Thing. Life more abundant.
that's like saying, "gee, I see you polished up one of Ft. Knox's gold bars.!"
Congratulations, and welcome to the Church founded by Jesus Christ.
May God bless you in your faith
Wow! Congratulations - and welcome home. It’s going to be different, but you’re never going to regret it. Read some books on the history of the Church so you can really feel part of this incredible stream of believers that pours through history. Also, read about the Eucharist. I don’t know your taste in reading material, but if you go to the Ignatius Press website (http://www.ignatius.com) you will be able to browse through a wide variety until you find the type of material that appeals to you. (There are also videos.) Prayers for you and your family!
1. The Catechism of the Catholic Church
2. My Imitation of Christ, Confraternity of the Precious Blood edition.
One for your brain, one for your heart and soul. (The Imitation in this particular edition has beautifully expressive illustrations, and is very fruitful for meditation and examination of conscience.)
Anything by Peter Kreeft:http://peterkreeft.com/books.htm. He helped me to rediscover my faith after 9/11. God Bless.
Today in my liberal infested work, my “boss” proudly exclaimed that her new bumper sticker would read, Religion Kills. She was so gleeful, and jovial. God Bless you and welcome. Always I walk around with the faith inside of me.
No one can ever take it away. Jesus proclaimed that we would be mocked and scorned and this society fully engages in this practice. Most of the time it does not bother me, but sometimes I worry about with whom my children have conversations. I believe you are making a good choice.
Join the Catholic ping list here; you'll learn something new each day.
Seven Storey Mountain
Why Do Catholics Do That? Kevin Orlin Johnson
Fides et Ratio, JP2
Veritatis Splendor, JP2
The books aren't perfect, but they're not useless. The Enyclicals are for the ages, and deserve to be.
You've done RCIA or the pastor is letting you be confirmed without it or what? I hear some RCIA programs are lethal. But I like the one they do at my parish, where I've sponsored one catechumen and one convert, so they're not ALL bad. But they're not enough either.
Scott Hahn is good and very popular.
Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride. I wouldn't have believed it until I experienced it.
The Journey Home Network begun by Marcus Grodi has some great materials. Also, Fr. John Trigilio has a book entitled "Catholicism for Dummies" which is one of those titles of the series by that name but which is fantastic.
As luck would have it, I found a site about a Catholic Reading List for the Summer. It is here on Aquinas and More.
You have the rest of your life to read. Instead, think only of receiving the Lord, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, in the Eucharist. I have been told by converts that they wept when they first received Christ's Body and Blood. He'll take care of the rest!
May God be with you!
Are you looking into the Church, as well?
The "Surprised by Truth" series by Patric Madrid is also good.
Another poster has mentioned Peter Kreeft.
"If Your Mind Wanders At Mass" by Thomas Howard is particularly good at gaining a deep understanding of the Mass.
Anything and everything by Scott and Kimberly Hahn
Handbook of Catholic Apologetics by Tacelli and Kreeft
"Theology and Sanity" , Theology for Beginners", Frank Sheed.
Mass of the Early Christians, and the Fatehrs of the Church. Both by Mike Aquilina
Try the Bible
Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, by Ludwig Ott
It may not be in print but you should be able to land a copy somewhere. This is a fascinating volume outlining in greater but concise detail the faith and how such dogmas and doctrines were arrived at from Holy Scripture and the Church fathers. What makes it particularly riveting is that the author compares and contrasts the Catholic position with the Protestant thoughts, all without polemics or vitriol. VERY HIGHLY recommended!
other than books and just as important, monthly confession and daily Mass if possible, even just one in the middle of the week helps enormously.
I have for a long time, yes. Still, I smile, clap, shout for joy when I read news like this.
Moments like this prove to me that God truly watches out for every opportunity! Not 3 days ago, I thought, “why don’t I post to Freepers regarding my journey back to God.” I have been thinking this over for approx. 2 years, have several books to guide me and have talked to several people, all very encouraging. Not sure why it is taking me so long to act on what I know in my heart is the right path for me. Anyway, your post has motivated me to act! Good Luck to you and know that you have freeper kin walking the journey with you.
Being familiar with many faiths I have only one suggestion. Before you study the Word of God, pray that He will reveal the truth to you, no matter the cost to all previous beliefs and in doing so will reveal Himself. If in your journey towards getting to know God, you do not understand something, leave it in His hands and He will explain it to you when the time is right. “Knowing God” by JR Packer is a wonderful book.
I became Catholic this past Easter Vigil. I have been using the Magnificat missal ever since early last summer.
Have you been attending Catholic Mass? Attending Mass and studying the missal every day is a great way to begin to immerse in Catholicism. It is a gradual process, a mystery that reveals itself bit by bit, when you are ready and sincere.
In my experience, you wouldn’t be able to “join” right away and that is part of the beauty of the process of becoming initiated. I thought I couldn’t wait one week, let alone one year, to receive Holy Communion..... but I began to appreciate the time frame. In fact, the modern way of a 6 mos.-1 yr. initiation is considered fast compared to former times of 2-5 yrs. preparation for adults.
You have received more than enough reading suggestions, and I confess I haven’t read most of them myself. I would recommend going to a Pauline bookstore and browsing, talking to one of the sisters. There are small booklets of basic Catholic prayers, on the Rosary, and by and about particular saints.
My taste is more mystical than theological, though. Welcome, welcome, welcome.
Congratulations. I did two years ago at the age of 46. For some study on the weekly readings, I like the following link... http://www.my.calendars.net/scb_bible_study
God bless you, FRiend.
Congratulations... Most Devout Evangelicals wind up being Catholics Ultimately!
This IS a happy thread!
How wonderful! This is amazing...
Don’t eat the brown acid.
God bless and keep you.
I was brought up in the Episcopal Church. My parents were not religious, but I gained a great deal spiritually from the Episcopal prep school I attended, by good fortune. I converted to Catholicism in college, persuaded that it was the “one, true, catholic, and apostolic” Church of the creed. I’ll always be grateful for what the Episcopal Church gave me in my youth, however, and sorrowful that that Church is undergoing such troubles now.
There are a ton of good Catholic books. It’s hard to know where to start. I’d second most of those already mentioned. Maybe Christopher Dawson’s “Understanding Europe,” on the place of Catholic Christianity in building our civilization. I’d suggest reading some G. K. Chesterton, notably “Orthodoxy” and his biography of Aquinas, not to mention his novels.
I agree that Scott Hahn is always excellent. If you can read an account in the high Victorian style there is also Cardinal Newman’s “Apologia.” There are many good books put out by Ignatius Press. If you check out their catalog or website it might give you some ideas, depending on your interests.
Much depends on what a person’s interests are. For instance, I love Dante’s Commedia, and first read it in an interlinear Italian edition, but it may not be something everyone wants to confront unless they love poetry, for instance.
A liitle surprising that one would choose the Catholic Church over a Bible-believing Protestant church.
Because the Catholic Church doesn’t believe in the Bible?
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21
According to Christ Himself, hell will be full of many very religious people. Many who call Him Lord and do many wonderful works in His name. Do you understand this? If not, then you don’t know what you’re doing and you’re headed for serious trouble.
Thank you, goodbye.