Finding Hope in The Catholic Church
This week I was debating on what to write about. My first thought was to write some thoughts I have to those who recently converted to the Catholic Church and those who are debating on converting. Then I got thinking about St. Patrick’s Day and wanted to write all about that. Well I decided by the time I post about St. Patty’s Day it will be over so maybe I would save that for next year. Then I realized how the two topics mesh together.
Saint Patrick converted people of Ireland from Pagans to Roman Catholics. Do you know what the current colors of the Irish flag represent? I didn’t until today and I really can’t believe it. The green represents the Gaelic tradition of Ireland which was Roman Catholic. The orange represents the supporters of William of Orange who was Protestant. The white in the middle represents the hope for peace between the two groups.
As you can see celebrating St. Patrick’s Day does really mesh with my original idea to reach out to converts.
I have read a lot about different people facing struggles after they have converted and I simply want to say that you are not alone. Even people like me who are called ‘cradle’ Catholics (those born and raised Catholic) have experienced struggles with our religion. How do you think other Christian denominations formed? Many were Catholic and then chose to leave and start a new church.
My message to all who have doubts and struggles is to pray and pray some more. Don’t give up and ‘take the easy road’ but learn and pray. I had many questions about the Catholic Church and actually thought of leaving for a Protestant church but God led me home.
We can always find something to disagree with but there is hope in change. There is hope in God. There is hope in each other. Bringing your gifts that God gave you to the Catholic Church is such a beautiful gift. For example, there was a gentleman who was the leading Pastor at a Protestant church who since he has converted has felt lost at his local Catholic Church. Yet, there are options. He could look into being a deacon or maybe the head of one of the many ministries of the church. There is an answer to your question but you have to be patient and open to whatever the answer may be.
The key is that if you found your way back to or for the first time at a Catholic Church there is a reason. Don’t give up on that reason and just abandon ship but keep at it.
While we are all part of the Roman Catholic Church each individual church has its own personality and you need to find the one that fits you the best. If you aren’t comfortable at one parish try another until you feel at home. There is a parish where we each fit into the puzzle of the church; you just need to find it. Let God guide you there. Let him help you feel at home.
God please watch over all those facing religious struggles. Guide them where you want them to be. Help them to be open-minded and open to change. Help them to listen to you and hear your calling. Please let them feel your love when they come home to the Church.
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