February 25, 2019

It’s only too easy to become discouraged as a Catholic these days. When I came into the Church, as an adult convert, some of those around me questioned my sanity. There were, admittedly, lots of reasons to think that I was crazy but a few of those voices in particular expressed concerns about the Church itself. What about the scandals—the sexual abuses? The apparent systematic cover-ups? And this was years ago, before many of today’s issues even came to light. But… Read more

February 21, 2019

I recently heard a shocking statistic out of the United States: only about 39 percent of Catholics attend weekly Mass. It wasn’t a new statistic and, frankly, it wasn’t a very surprising statistic for those that follow these kinds of things but it resonated when I heard it and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Put another way, in a room of 10 Catholics only 4 of them will have attended Mass that week. Less than half. If you’d… Read more

February 20, 2019

This article is part of the Tough Questions series. A series highlighting some of the difficult questions I was asking during my conversion from a non-denominational Christian to full communion with the Catholic Church. For more about my own conversion story, read What I Wish I Knew About Catholics (And Why I’m Becoming One).  As a non-denominational Christian I had a love-hate relationship with Matthew 18:15-17. In context, Jesus is talking to his disciples—teaching—and brings up the issue of disagreement… Read more

January 31, 2019

I’ve never been particularly big at New Year’s resolutions but when a priest friend of mine put out a call for participants in a 30-day Bible reading challenge my interest was piqued. I’ve read the Bible many times before, but I love a good challenge.   This particular Bible reading plan was dubbed, in Jillian Michaels fashion, as a “30-day Shred”. It looked absolutely monstrous, with an average reading load of 40 chapters per day. I began by finding a… Read more

January 23, 2019

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman wrote that “to be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” He wasn’t being facetious when he penned this now famous quote; he spoke from experience. It was Newman’s deep study of the history of the Church, the development of doctrine, and the roots of our faith that led the former evangelical to eventually become a Catholic priest. It was through digging deeply into history, like Cardinal Newman, that I cease being a… Read more

January 22, 2019

This article is part of the Tough Questions series. A series highlighting some of the difficult questions I was asking during my conversion from a non-denominational Christian to full communion with the Catholic Church. For more about my own conversion story, read What I Wish I Knew About Catholics (And Why I’m Becoming One).  As a non-denominational Christian, I had a passing knowledge that Catholic Bibles were bigger. I knew that they contained more books and we referred to these books… Read more

January 13, 2019

This article is part of the Tough Questions series. A series highlighting some of the difficult questions I was asking during my conversion from a non-denominational Christian to full communion with the Catholic Church. For more about my own conversion story, read What I Wish I Knew About Catholics (And Why I’m Becoming One).  As an non-denominational Christian growing up in the faith I encountered my share of tough questions. When I gave my life to Christ at the age of… Read more

January 8, 2019

I remember hearing an interview with Jennifer Fulwiler years ago where she talked about her transition—conversion—from Atheism to belief. From a scientific, willfully godless lifestyle to living a full and pious Catholic life. The crux of her conversion, if I remember rightly, was the birth of her first child. Starting down at the bonafide miracle of life in her arms she felt a deep sense of gratitude and joy. That’s to be expected. But, she said, as an atheist she… Read more

December 5, 2018

I was an Evangelical Protestant, and I loved it. Then I became a Catholic. As a convert, I didn’t join the Church with any sort of starry-eyed vision of paradise. I knew what to expect. I knew all about bad Catholics. Bad music. Badly done liturgy. But the timeless, ancient pull of the Catholic Church prevailed and I joined, in spite of some obvious shortcomings. After all,  like St. Peter said, “Lord, where else can I go?” If the Catholic… Read more

November 7, 2018

  I’ve heard it described, by more than one convert, that becoming a Catholic after being an Evangelical is as big of a paradigm shift as going from being an Atheist to believing in God. That’s a pretty big jump and if I hadn’t experienced it I wouldn’t have believed it was true. But, truth be told, my conversion bridged a pretty similar chasm in the end. I was an Evangelical. I’m now a Catholic. From a radical conversion to… Read more

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