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Former atheist poet reveals details of her Catholic conversion
Catholic News Agency ^ | July 27, 2012

Posted on 07/30/2012 11:25:11 AM PDT by stpio

Rome, Italy, Jul 27, 2012 / 03:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Until two years ago, I was a really committed atheist and I really hated the Catholic Church,” said poet Sally Read, as she explained how all that dramatically changed during nine months in 2010.

(Excerpt) Read more at catholicnewsagency.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events
KEYWORDS: catholicism; conversion

1 posted on 07/30/2012 11:25:16 AM PDT by stpio
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To: stpio
A warm welcome to you,Sally.
2 posted on 07/30/2012 11:31:13 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: stpio

Does she explain why she hated the Catholic church?


3 posted on 07/30/2012 11:34:24 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: stpio
"Since then she has faced opposition from family members and shock from a socially-liberal artistic establishment. And, yet, “I’m still happier than I’ve ever been,” she said with a broad grin on her face."

It's not always easy to describe, but you know it when you've found it. :)

4 posted on 07/30/2012 11:35:35 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: stuartcr
Does she explain why she hated the Catholic church?

"There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church." -- Archbishop Fulton Sheen

She discovered the truth.

5 posted on 07/30/2012 11:38:18 AM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: stpio
Her publisher describes the former psychiatric nurse

I see the root of her conflict right there. Psychiatry, in my view, is simply a secularist religious cult that attracts mainly mentally ill people to its practice. It attempts to replace God with the Id, with the ego and super-ego, with habits, with electro-chemical impulses.

Of course, they can't do it. Its like they with to re-define what the ocean is, and then attempt to take people across the sea in a rubber dingy.

6 posted on 07/30/2012 11:40:22 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: stpio

Great story. I’m reading an excellent book, In The Light of Christ, by another Englishwoman, Lucy Beckett, about western literature and the concepts of beauty, truth and goodness as understood - as they only can be - in the light of Christ. Not a light read, and it helps to have a pretty extensive knowledge of literature and art, but an excellent book.

One of her ideas is that a sincere and honest seeker who is drawn by the beauty of the world and of the concepts in our finest art and poetry will come to Christ, if given an opportunity. This Canadian priest seems to have given our poet a chance...we must all do likewise when we meet people who are searching.


7 posted on 07/30/2012 11:41:05 AM PDT by livius
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To: stpio
But she refused to make the intellectual leap to Christianity, insisting to her priest friend that he would never convert her.
“He was very patient and very good.” He said, ‘Christ will convert you, I’m not going to convert you ... .”

That is the way it works. People aren't persuaded by our arguments, they are won by Christ himself.

8 posted on 07/30/2012 11:43:52 AM PDT by marron
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To: pgyanke

Does she explain why she hated the Catholic church in the first place?


9 posted on 07/30/2012 11:44:01 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: marron

Then why do we argue?


10 posted on 07/30/2012 11:45:20 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: stuartcr

Humans love nothing more than a good argument. But you can’t argue someone into the kingdom.

I was referring though to our efforts at evangelizing. God seems to use us in the process, but for all our talents at persuasion it seems to me that people aren’t really convinced by what we say, they are convinced (when they are convinced) by something that Christ does within them.

Its just an observation.


11 posted on 07/30/2012 12:11:21 PM PDT by marron
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To: stuartcr
Read was raised in a strictly anti-religious household and, so, she now felt like “everything I had ever believed in (was) being turned upside down.”

Sounds like it was something her parents instilled in her.

12 posted on 07/30/2012 12:13:21 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BAL1OK/)
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To: marron

That’s what I think, but I’ve ben told many time here on FR that all it takes is a desire and a leap of faith and someone can believe anything.


13 posted on 07/30/2012 12:16:17 PM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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“Does she explain why she hated the Catholic church in the first place?”

~ ~ ~

It doesn’t say in the CNA article, atheists are not fond of the faith. The awesome miracle Sally received helps confirm a fact though. Go to any Catholic Church and kneel...sit if you like...before the Tabernacle and you will be changed. A suggestion for disbelievers. Jesus is truly present in the Tabernacle, you will receive graces. Ask Jesus in prayer, are you truly there Lord, present in the consecrated host?


14 posted on 07/30/2012 12:17:00 PM PDT by stpio (")
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

Is it ever explained what she hated about the Catholic church?


15 posted on 07/30/2012 12:17:42 PM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: stpio

I really don’t think it’s that easy.


16 posted on 07/30/2012 12:19:27 PM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: stpio; Mrs. Don-o
A suggestion for disbelievers. Jesus is truly present in the Tabernacle, you will receive graces. Ask Jesus in prayer, are you truly there Lord, present in the consecrated host?

Really? And how is this different from the Mormon's direction telling seekers about the "burning in the bosom bosom"?

I may be off base here, and am open to correction, but seeking after signs of any sort is not how the Christian faith is to be confirmed.

17 posted on 07/30/2012 12:27:15 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: don-o

This reminds me of the book, “The Case For Christ” by Lee Strobel.


18 posted on 07/30/2012 12:39:52 PM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection then failure is your election)
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To: stuartcr

“I really don’t think it’s that easy.”

~ ~ ~

Miracles are special, God helping everyone believe. So is kneeling in God’s presence. Jesus wants you to believe in His presence in the Eucharist. That’s miraculous, supernatural. You will receive special graces.

Trust and do it. Go to the parish office if the Church is locked -the times- and ask to be let in or go near to the time of Mass or the ending of Mass.

Most all Churches have a Eucharistic Adoration Chapel next to the Church or in the Church building itself, you can go kneel/sit before the Monstrance. These days, Eucharistic Chapels have an electronic lock that you have to know the password. Go to the Parish office for the password or knock on the door of the Eucharistic Chapel and if an adorer comes to answer your knock, explain you don’t know the password.

Didn’t Sally asked in prayer, show me, lead me to you Lord? So many converts share they prayed this prayer.

blessings,


19 posted on 07/30/2012 12:49:28 PM PDT by stpio (")
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To: pgyanke
Another great quote:

"Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried."

Gilbert K. Chesterton
20 posted on 07/30/2012 12:50:32 PM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: stuartcr
[ Is it ever explained what she hated about the Catholic church? ]

Maybe she thought they kill Vampires and she was a Twilight Fan?

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21 posted on 07/30/2012 1:05:33 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: stpio

I’ve been to mass a number of times. It really doesn’t work that way. I believe as the guy earlier said, when/if God wants it to happen, it will.


22 posted on 07/30/2012 1:29:37 PM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: stpio

It’s all about planting seeds in the spirit. Christ will water them.


23 posted on 07/30/2012 1:59:58 PM PDT by Jim Pelosi
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To: don-o; stpio
With all due respect, my don-o, and after re-reading what stpio wrote, he didn't say anything even remotely suggesting "signs" or a "burning inthe bosom." He said you would be "changed."

This experesses --- if I am understanding correctly --- the same promise as "Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened unto you." --- An old and trusted saying.

24 posted on 07/30/2012 2:27:04 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Evidence, and reasonable inference from evidence.)
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To: stuartcr

No, but you could just read the story rather than keeping asking these questions.


25 posted on 07/30/2012 4:49:36 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BAL1OK/)
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To: stuartcr

Rather than ask the same question multiple times, why don’t you just read the article and see for yourself?


26 posted on 07/30/2012 5:08:15 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

I’d rather ask. It’s faster and less likely to misinterpretation.


27 posted on 07/31/2012 4:00:21 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

I’d rather ask. It’s faster and less likely to misinterpretation.


28 posted on 07/31/2012 4:00:33 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: vladimir998

Please see 27, I am mobile challenged, not very good with phone keyboards.


29 posted on 07/31/2012 4:04:25 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: vladimir998

Please see 27, I am mobile challenged, not very good with phone keyboards.


30 posted on 07/31/2012 4:04:46 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: vladimir998

Please see 27, I am mobile challenged, not very good with phone keyboards.


31 posted on 07/31/2012 4:09:32 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: vladimir998

Please see 27, I am mobile challenged, not very good with phone keyboards.


32 posted on 07/31/2012 4:09:56 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: vladimir998

Please see 27, I am mobile challenged, not very good with phone keyboards.


33 posted on 07/31/2012 4:10:35 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: vladimir998

Please see 27, I am mobile challenged, not very good with phone keyboards.


34 posted on 07/31/2012 4:10:54 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: vladimir998

Please see 27, I am mobile challenged, not very good with phone keyboards.


35 posted on 07/31/2012 4:11:26 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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Sorry for the multiples. ..Stoopid mobile challenged


36 posted on 07/31/2012 4:13:21 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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Sorry for the multiples. ..Stoopid mobile challenged


37 posted on 07/31/2012 4:13:33 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: stuartcr

Asking a starnger to tell you what an article says rather than reading the article yourself leads to lower levels of misinterpretation? Very odd.


38 posted on 07/31/2012 5:53:43 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BAL1OK/)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

I like to get different views. Besides, I wouldn’t say freepers are strangers, we’re al freeper brothers aren’t we? Of course, you could have just said no when I asked if she gave a reason.


39 posted on 07/31/2012 5:59:18 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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