Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sacramental Life: Running On Hi-Test

I just found this blog by James Mathias (H/t Tito, for the link). He has expressed in this one post what I and many other reverts and converts have been saying for years now, upon an adult return to the faith- the discovery of unspeakable joy. I always say it's like being "born-again" again.  The nagging doubts, the frustrations, the uncomfortable experiences, the confusion, seem to have faded away with returning to the faith.  Sure we still "see through a glass darkly", but you know what? It doesn't appear as dark as it use to!
    It's almost like we are an automobile designed to operate most efficiently on a certain type of fuel. We lose the operating manual and start to operate the machine by the seat of our pants. We put-put along on fuel that is not designed by the manufacturer for optimum performance. It's cheaper and more convenient to just get whatever gas seems good at the time. Yes, the car starts on most days and gets from point A to B, but it takes a while longer, requires frequent servicing and sometimes breakdowns along the way. When we operate on the premium fuel designed specifically by the manufacturer the performance is enhanced and the car runs like a finely-tuned machine.  The fuel is the sacramental life we were designed to "run on",  in particular, the Eucharist and confession. Often when one returns to the Catholic Church, or finds it for the first time, there is a Eureka moment and we suddenly find ourselves with more grace for the journey than we ever had before. That being said, your mileage may vary based on your docility and openness to this amazing grace poured out in the sacraments.


Anonymous Christina said...

I will have to share this analogy with my car-loving husband. :)

August 11, 2012 11:14 PM  

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