Wednesday, February 23, 2005

I did it

Well, I did it. I sent an email to the local Catholic church asking about their RCIA classes. I'm still not 100% certain of it all, but felt compelled to do it. After all it's just a question. Doesn't mean I have to do anything yet. I've just been putting off the question for a while now. But I've continued to be drawn to it all. I'm even participating in Lent to some degree.

Marty surprised me the other day saying he was going to go to Mass on Sunday. He didn't make it, but the fact that he said he was going to go really put a little pep in my heart. He's been lapsed for quite a long time now and wasn't even confirmed. I know he's been thinking about going back to the Church too. Perhaps that is the reason we've been drawn together. Sometimes I call it fate or destiny, but I think that perhaps it's the Man upstairs doing His part.

I've been away from church in general for about 14 years now. I've been soured by a lot things like hypocrisy, questioning they why's, and the fact it's a heck of a lot easier to live in sin than it is to be perfect. I'm finally realizing though that I don't have to be perfect because we're simply human. But I also understand that I should live better than what I have. I still have an attachment to sin which makes things more difficult for me, but I still think it's something I should look back into.

Since I started this journey, I have found that there isn't anything in the Catholic teaching that I can't agree with. There are some things I know I'll have a hard time dealing with, but overall it just seems right.

One of my biggest questions regarding religion has been "Who's right?" Among all the denominations who truly has the right answers. For me it's a matter of going back to the beginning. The Catholic Church is the original church of Christ. All the other Christian denominations are from people that broke from the Church thinking they knew better. So for me it's not a matter of which Church any more. It's a matter of whether I can embrace Church life or not. It's also a matter of whether I can get an anullment on my marriage.

So I've taken another step. The first was having the simple curiosity about the church followed by my research. We'll see where it all leads.

1 comment:

Susanlee said...

Not to be too nitpicky or involved in your life, and certainly not to be critical, but I thought you'd like to know:

The Roman Catholic church was not actually the "original church of christ," in spite of it's claims. The Orthodox Church was founded in Jerusalem in 33 AD, fifty days after the resurrection of christ. (it is now called Eastern Orthodox) The Roman Catholic church was part of the EOC, until 1054, when they broke off from the EOC because the pope made claims of too much authority over the church. Since then, they've developed new doctrine (including that of the infallibility of the pope), which the ancient Christian Church has rejected.

Here's a link with lots of info:

Anyway, I don't want you to think that I'm unsupportive of your decision to consider catholocism or anything, I just thought you'd want to be informed. :)