The Votes Are In: Being Catholic Improves Your Relationship With Jesus!
After several weeks of polling, the official results are in. The majority of Christians (86%) who have converted to Catholicism believe that this step has brought them closer to and enhanced their relationship with Jesus. A very small percentage (11 %) believe that being Catholic has been a detriment to their relationship with Jesus. One voter regretted their decision to convert. Most interesting is that becoming Catholic never makes one's relationship with Jesus stay the same!
Though this poll was not scientific I think it illustrates that most converts have benefited from their conversion. Personally speaking, I think this is because when one becomes Catholic, the "head" becomes reattached to the body, so to speak. To believe in Jesus alone , separate from His body, the Church, is unnatural and was not destined to be the normative way of Christianity.
The catechism sums up this relationship between faith, God and the Church:
Salvation comes from God alone; but because we receive the life of faith through the Church, she is our mother: "We believe the Church as the mother of our new birth, and not in the Church as if she were the author of our salvation." Because she is our mother, she is also our teacher in the faith. "
Believing" is an ecclesial act. The Church's faith precedes, engenders, supports and nourishes our faith. The Church is the mother of all believers. "No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother" (St. Cyprian, De unit. 6: PL 4, 519)