January 28, 2015

I’ve written recently about how the setbacks and difficulties I’ve experienced while becoming Catholic have all, in the end, served to create in me something new—something better than what was there before. This experience, in itself, has been fairly remarkable. When I hit a low, when I encounter a significant challenge to my journey, or experience a particularly seasonally-depressing day, God uses this to do something great. It’s happen time and time again and, I guess, I shouldn’t be terribly surprised…. Read more

January 26, 2015

Somewhere along the way I picked up this quote by Henri Nouwen and, lately, it’s been deeply resonant, You don’t think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking. I came at this whole Catholicism thing, initially, as a way of better understanding my own faith. I remember rationalizing it that way, at first. There are some great ideas in the Catholic Church, to be sure, and I wanted to… Read more

January 22, 2015

I’ve written a lot about sola scriptura, the Reformation belief that Scripture—the Bible—is the ultimate authority on matters of faith. I’ve written a lot about it because it’s been one of the primary drivers of my journey towards Catholicism. In a nutshell, I don’t believe that a God who is who He says He is would leave each individual up to their own interpretation. (Yes, He left us the Holy Spirit but we still end up with a multitude of differing private… Read more

January 21, 2015

I have a story to tell. Unlike most stories we tell I don’t think this one has a moral takeaway or objective life lesson to teach. Actually, I’m sure it does, but I haven’t found it yet—and that’s the awesome part about journeying, some things we experience don’t click right away. Sometimes, actually, mostly all the time, the longview is absolutely stunning. Even if you can’t see the forest for the trees when you’re in the thick of it. This is… Read more

January 19, 2015

I’ve been following the Pope for some time now, beginning around the election of Pope Benedict XVI. This is around the same time a certain Catholic priest started podcasting from the Vatican—a podcast I would later discover, a podcast that would soften my heart and open my eyes to the world of Catholicism. I can remember, at the election of Pope Benedict, watching and rewatching Habemus Papam video on YouTube. Even as a Protestant with, then, only a passing interest… Read more

January 15, 2015

Ask my wife, I’m not always altogether emotionally stable. It’s no secret. Sometimes I get a little bit intense, and sometimes I get a little bit depressed, and sometimes I struggle. I can honest about that, I’m a human being. Recently, one of these struggles became an complete existential crisis. It wasn’t the first time I was stopped in my tracks or the first time I’d harboured serious doubts about this faith journey that I’m on. Likely, it won’t be the… Read more

January 10, 2015

I’m gonna say a swear. I have to warn you. That’s the cordial thing to do. It isn’t going to be a big swear, in fact, if you’re Dutch it isn’t even a swear at all. Still, I want you to be able to brace yourself or, in the worst case scenario, avert your eyes entirely. OK? Here goes. The notion that Catholics are less devout that Protestants is bat-shit crazy. There, I said it. I’ve run up against this prejudice though all… Read more

January 9, 2015

The truth is a trap. I’ve recently devoured G.K. Chesterton’s The Catholic Church and Conversion. I wrote, recently, that even though I’m well on my way towards becoming Catholic his treatise on conversion seriously reframed and expanded my  own understanding of my journey. It’s important, I think, to understand the narrative that you’re in—it’s brilliant when it’s so poignantly put, and that’s what Chesterton does. Chesterton writes about the process of conversion being a three-step journey. In the first step, a… Read more

January 7, 2015

I never, for even a second, want to diminish my spiritual journey as a Protestant. It’s been, as they say, fifteen good years. I appreciate every minute of it. It was all a learning experience and I’ve learned a lot. And of course there’s value in where I was—in where I’ve been—the only difference is that I’m finding more value, at least for myself, in where I’m going. That’s, of course, why I’m going there. It’s difficult to move away from… Read more

January 6, 2015

As I’ve been making my way towards the Catholic Church I’ve thought a lot about Christian unity. As a Protestant, I always struggled with the cascading number of Christian denominations. I always wrestled with church splits, spin-offs, and church plants. Truthfully, it hasn’t been front-of-mind but it’s lingered back there, creeping up once in a while in uncomfortable conversation. Why are these so many Protestant denominations? How can there be so many presentations of the truth? How can there be so… Read more

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