Each pope, it seems, touches new hearts. With JPII, it was the youth. So many of today's seminarians refer to themselves as the "JPII generation". Like you, many of us have roamed or .. simply stayed away. God has touched your heart through this new 'pilgrim' pope and called to you. He is always there, waiting for you, in the Eucharist. What a beautiful gift He gave us. Might I recommend that, if possible, you watch EWTN's program The Journey Home, which airs every Monday at 8 pm ET. Each week the host, Marcus Grodi, interviews someone who has returned home or converted from a different faith. You will recognize your own journey in theirs.
Another excellent ... and immediate ... resource is a wonderful web site: Catholics Come Home. Here you will find a wealth of resource information and non-judgemental staff to assist you with the unpacking ; - ). Lastly, freeper Salvation and I each maintain catholic ping lists. Salvation posts a Daily Mass Readings thread which includes information on the Saint of the Day and other fascinating pieces of information on church history. My list is intended to post threads, such as this, that provide current news on the Catholic Church. What a wonderful time to come home! Welcome back! (Please freepmail Salvation and/or myself if you would like to be added to either or both of our ping lists).
Thank you very much, NYer. I’ve been a member of the Catholic ping list for a few years now. I credit Salvation for keeping me grounded in my faith and willingly tethered to our Catholic rock.
I look forward to rejoining the flock of the devoted who are walking through life in the light of the Lord. I pray that Christ can compel my wife to follow me, as we’ve been married by the law but not by the church; and while this is my first and only marriage, I am fearful of how the church does or will view me.
Having entertained the idea of the seminary just 15 years ago, I still weep when I think of what could have been, but I would not trade what the Lord has given me for anything less. I believe my wife will join me in the journey. I just need to take the first steps to show her that Catholics are not the scary Christians we’re made out to be.