some of His teachings.
CARM and a tract from Harvest House that my mother-in-law had given us for our wedding. "Yup, Nutty McNuttersons, those Catholics," I thought. Last Christmas, we went to St. Louis for Christmas. I took Allen to the Christmas Eve Mass at the Cathedral Basilica, because it is an absolutely gorgeous building. While we sat in the crowded sanctuary, waiting for the service to begin, I read a little tract in the pew about the Top 8 Questions about the Catholic Church (or something like that). The answers in it intrigued me; they sounded a bit different than what the websites had claimed that Catholics believed. "I really should give the Church a chance to speak for itself," I thought later that evening. "It's not great research only to study from the perspective of one side of the story." So began my research.
this one and this one. Then I found the blogs. Oh, the many, many Catholic mom blogs. You can check the sidebar to the left to see some that I follow. As I read, studied, and emailed (thanks Rhonda and Kendra!), I no longer could agree with my long-held (but not terribly well-founded) belief that Catholicism was crazy heresy. In fact, it seemed shockingly possible that it was just as valid as the Reformed/Evangelical tradition I'd grown up in, if not more so. Right now we're continuing our study, reading books and asking questions of both practicing cradle Catholics and converts too; and if we find that the evidence is there to support the move, we plan to take the next logical step of going through RCIA classes to become members of the Catholic church near our house. It's a bit nerve-wracking to admit that, since both sides of our families have looked with great skepticism on Catholicism (which is obviously where we first learned to do so, too). But where God leads, we feel compelled to follow. If you pray, pray for us! To wrap up: today as I drove home from getting Ruby from preschool, amongst the continual chatter, I heard her say the following: "Okay, hold my hand, Max. Hold my hand, Ben. Dear God, thank you for today. Thank you for the good ones. Thank you for the bad ones who disobey. Help them be good and repentful to their friends. The end." That about covers it, I'd say, whether Catholic or Protestant.
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