Crossed The Tiber Blog is 4 Years Old!
"In order to get into Rome, the City of the 7 Hills, one needs to cross over the Tiber River. This has become a metaphor for converting to Catholicism. After thirty years as an evangelical Christian, I have recently Crossed the Tiber. It's been over two years now and not a moment of regret or wistful desire to cross back do I have. However, I do have a sadness over friendships lost and a smaller circle of immediate friends. But as compensation, I have the palpable sense of having joined a community with 1.5 billion souls on this planet as well as those who have gone before which seems to make up for the temporary losses!
I start this blog in order to explain my journey across the Tiber River as I have experienced it to be a most satisfying and authentic way to live. Becoming Catholic has not just been a changed address on Sunday morning for me, but a brand new (actually ancient) way of apprehending God and being apprehended by Him. I am saddened by the way in which many people (myself included until recently) dismiss Catholics and 2000 years of Christian history."
With those comments above I began my blog 4 years ago on April 27th. 1381 blog posts later I continue to desire to share with others the reality that Jesus is truly with us in the breaking of the Bread-the Eucharist. It has been a great experience for me and I hope and pray that it has had some benefit in helping others understand the Church in a new light. It has also been a great source of strength and fellowship. To meet so many other converts and reverts has made me realize how widespread the Tiber Crossing Phenomenon is (and actually always has been).
The greatest blessing for me is to still see comments on my conversion story show up every once and awhile and to see that others are inquiring about this thing called "The Catholic Faith."
More than anything else, what keeps me going with it, is knowing that on any given day a protestant or ex-Catholic may, with fear and trepidation, google "Catholic convert...."
God bless you all!