Skip to comments.Exposing the Blind Side: A Reverted Catholic Looks Back
Posted on 03/22/2014 10:47:47 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
Gustavo Martin-Asensio was born and raised in Madrid, Spain, in a traditional Catholic family of four. He discovered Evangelicalism while a high school exchange student in West Virginia, and immediately became an avid student of the Bible. Gustavo pursued wholeheartedly the study of the Scriptures, obtaining a masters degree (MCS) in biblical languages from Regent College, Vancouver, and a Ph.D. in biblical Greek and linguistics from the University of Surrey in the U.K. Gustavo is married to Magdalena, a Polish citizen, and together they have two boys, David (5) and Gabriel (2). Gustavo and Magdalena initiated a process of reentry into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2011, receiving the sacrament of Confirmation in May 2013. Among Gustavo´s publications are: Transitivity based Foregrounding in the Acts of the Apostles (Sheffield. JSNTSup 202; 2000), and «Procedural Register in the Olivet Discourse: A Functional Linguistic Approach to Mark 13», in Biblica, Vol. 90 (2009) 457-483. Gustavo presently works in the telecommunications software industry.
I was born and raised in Madrid, Spain in a traditional Catholic family in which weekly mass attendance was a given. My father, a former seminarian, enforced an outward participation in the sacraments, while at the same time failing to fulfill his most basic duties as a father and husband, to put it charitably. This deep inconsistency, this lack of integrity and depth in my father´s religiosity was apparent to my brother and me. Although we never rejected faith per se, we bode our time until in our late teens we had a chance to make our own decisions.
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Sounds painful. Is that anything like an ingrown Catholic?
Good read. The Catholic-bashers will be out in full force. Perhaps they should take the trouble to actually read it. Note that the author does NOT bash Evangelicals. Rather, he is grateful for all that they gave to him.
I feel the same way myself. We need to work together, as Christians, against the dismal attacks on Christian morality in our society, educators, and government.
I grew up in the Episcopal Church, and converted to the Catholic Church while at Harvard. For some of the same reasons mentioned in this article. After I left, the Episcopal church went to the dogs. I take no pleasure in that, and hope that God will give them the grace to reform and correct their worst errors—such as a Lesbian bishop as head of the Episcopal Church in America.
We need to work together—not by compromising our faiths, but by working where we can agree—against abortion, against gay marriage, in favor of family, for a return to Christian values in our schools, and so forth.
What does bashing each other accomplish, except making the leftists smile?
Great re-conversion story, and in the comments following, many others share the same story.
God released another catholic from bondage.
When they are in 'hell' how many will be smiling then?
“Among Gustavo´s publications are: Transitivity based Foregrounding in the Acts of the Apostles (Sheffield. JSNTSup 202; 2000), and «Procedural Register in the Olivet Discourse: A Functional Linguistic Approach to Mark 13», in Biblica, Vol. 90 (2009) 457-483.”
In other words, he discovered two cures for insomnia.
Well, at least he’s back home. Good for him.
It’s much less painful than a Toxic Shock Calvinism.
“What does bashing each other accomplish, except making the leftists smile?”
Let them smile. We take on all comers.
Christians bashing each other does not help get the Gospel of Jesus out.
What a very nice story, thanks for sharing it.