TALES FROM THE JOURNEY HOME: God Doesn’t Need Help to Convert A Sincere Heart

How old are you? What do you do for a living? Where do you live?
I am 31, living in West Virginia. I have my BA in English Literature but I haven’t been able to find a job in this area for a while.

What faith tradition were you raised in? What initially attracted you to the Catholic Church?
I was raised with no faith. I was always seeking for answers about the meaning of life and one day I finally prayed and asked God to show me who or what He was.

He answered me by giving me an experience, an infused knowledge, that He is love and He wanted to consume me with His love and I wanted to return His love.

I knew that Christianity taught that God is love and I knew just from my knowledge of history that the Catholic Church was the original church, so I went to Mass and RCIA pretty quickly after that experience.

Did you have erroneous ideas about the Church before you converted? If so, what were they?
I don’t think I had erroneous ideas about the Church. I didn’t know that much about it except through my own knowledge of history and from novels and the media.

How did your friends and family react to your conversion?
My friends and family were pretty indifferent to my conversion.

Do you attend the Novus Ordo or the traditional Latin Mass?
I attend the Novus Ordo because it’s the only one available in my area. If it was available I would attend the Traditional Latin Mass.

Are you involved in your parish? If so, how?
I am a cantor and catechist.

Do you find that most Catholics are well-catechized?
I don’t think most Catholics know much about their faith at all.

Did you take Rite of Christian Initiation classes? If so, tell us something about your experience there.
I went through RCIA at my parish. I found it dull. I don’t think they taught much or very deeply. They did things that weren’t in line with the Church.

To what extent was the witness of Catholics (clergy and/or laity) instrumental in your conversion?
I wasn’t influenced by anyone in my conversion. If had been influenced by anyone I think it would have been negatively but I was only influenced by my experience with God and my own study.

If you could offer advice to Catholics who wish to help others convert, what would you say?
I would tell them to be a real disciple of Jesus, in love with Jesus and on fire with faith and show it. They should be sincere and knowledgeable in their faith and others will be attracted by that.

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