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I grew up in a small country community in a Southern Baptist family.  We attended Baptist churches irregularly around the area until my parents finally settled on the local, and only, church in our small community: The First Baptist Church about two miles from home.  I didn’t really attend church with them since I was already around sixteen or seventeen years of age.  In my latter high school years I ended up taking home school courses from a Fundamentalist Christian curriculum and later I worked at a Christian bookstore which ultimately served as an enabler for me to grow enough in my faith to finally attend my parents Baptist church and decide to be Baptized.

Having been raised Baptist I was taught and held to the belief that Catholics “worshipped Mary”, “prayed to saints instead of Jesus”, and were “saved by their works.”  Yet, all my life something in my innermost being resonated a desire for “Catholicity”.  I made the Sign of the Cross (albeit somewhat incorrectly) getting on and off planes, I even lit a candle for prayer once.  My conversion of heart began about the year 2000 when a relationship with a Catholic brought about in me many unanswered questions about my faith and made me deeply question ideas I’d simply taken for granted but never knew the answers to.  Things like where the Bible came from, did someone “bless” or pray over the Lord’s Supper before we received it and why not, and the fact that my church wasn’t a direct descendant from Jesus Christ Himself.  Even that Martin Luther and the Reformation wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and that quite possibly they were rebelling against the authority that was descended from Christ.

It took four more years of study, examination, and regular attendance to Roman Catholic Masses before I finally decided to “Cross the Tiber” and go through RCIA in order to be admitted into full communion with the Church of Rome.  Even though I’d done that I still had a lot to learn.  Being endlessly questioned by my still Evangelical mother prompted me to a prayer that I think every brave and honest individual should earnestly offer up:

“God, lead me to the truth.  No matter where it goes.  No matter what faith it brings me to.  No matter if it proves the Catholic Church wrong or Protestantism wrong.  Show me the way.  If the Catholic Church is your church.  Show me.  If not, show me so.  I want to be lead to Your Truth no matter what.”

After this prayer I was lead to my local Catholic radio station suggested to me by a co-worker.  That lead me to a show called Catholic Answers and their website www.catholic.com where I listened to hundreds of archived shows.  I started learning and getting excited about my faith.  It exponentially increased my knowledge through the shows and the through the books they suggested.  I took copious notes from all of these sources to reference and to renew my beliefs.  I found a zeal for Apologetics and even still contemplate going to a Catholic college to get a degree in Theology.  Although, I feel stretched quite thin sometimes in having to defend my faith, I heard something which I think is quite applicable: God is asking you to love large.

I’ve been a convert to Catholicism for many years now and I have grown both in knowledge and love of my faith.  My devotion spurs the fire of love for my Lord and His Church.  I find in it the fulfillment of a deep longing in my soul for the fullest expression of my faith in all its avenues of piety, devotion, and its roots in the antiquity of Christianity.  I opened this blog in order to consolidate the sources of my insights into Catholicism from across the spectrum’s of other blogs, handwritten notes, and book markings.

Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. kyle permalink
    June 11, 2011 7:59 pm

    This blog is amazing!! Keep up the good work! Your mother ‘should’ be proud of you!

  2. Lucy permalink
    December 30, 2012 1:21 am

    THANK YOU for this amazing and informative blog. I will pass on your message to anyone willing to listen. GOD BLESS YOU and keep up the great work!

    • January 2, 2013 9:26 am

      Well, thank YOU very much for the extremely kind comment. It is my fervent hope to make this blog truly informative to those wishing to know more about the Catholic faith. I’m afraid my life doesn’t afford me much opportunity to post new information at the moment I do post as I can. At the risk of sounding falsely pious I’ll just reply as Venerable Fulton Sheen did and say, “that whatever is bad in it is because of me, whatever good is in it is because of God.” Deus tecum.

  3. March 21, 2013 8:19 pm

    Welcome home! Like your site. I myself am a revert. I was raised Catholic, spent 8 years in the Baptist faith and then returned home to the Church. I love it.

    • March 22, 2013 10:14 am

      Thank you very much! Welcome back home to you. Someone recently asked me what I’d do if I ever get that degree in theology. I told them I wasn’t sure and they suggested I become a minister in their faith tradition (since they accept women ministers.) Having taken that journey to become a Catholic it’s impossible for me now to forego the elements of Catholicism which are exclusively found in our faith. I’m sure, having seen this for yourself, can only provide you with an amazing and unique perspective and appreciation of those gifts of grace with which we’re given in our Church. I hope your words and efforts provide the same opportunity to those whose hearts are likewise leading them back home.
      God bless!

  4. Rene Rivero permalink
    May 16, 2014 10:01 am

    Welcome home!

  5. Brandon permalink
    May 17, 2014 7:17 pm

    Hello there Christine, and blessings from our Lord Christ Jesus.

    Raised into an atheist’s home, never attending church, nor having read any of the Bible, I experienced an utterly phenomenal Holy Spirit conversion in my home recording studio, four years ago.

    My life, my Lord, has brought me to a place where I am surrounded by catholic friends whom I love dearly, but I feel resistant to accept some things.

    Where would you suggest finding answers? I want to know the truth, God knows.

    Shall I purchase the Early Church Fathers 38 volumes to figure it out?

    I’m so confused about Peter’s being the first pope, Christ present in the eucurist, our bodies being the “temple” and the “church” – as scripture eludes to – and the “anathema” that “the church” states of non-partakers.

    I know many on-fire Protestants who are foreign missionaries and bringing many to Christ; are we truly not in communion with our Savior?

    I appreciate your efforts.

    God bless you
    In Jesus’ name.

    Brandon

    • May 19, 2014 8:23 am

      Brandon,

      First, thanks be to God that you have made the journey thus far into the faith of Our Lord. I pray that you will continue to always seek the Truth since the Truth is Christ and He will never lead you astray no matter how frightening that journey might look. My journey into the Church was a very difficult one and very tense at times, but truly it has been worth every step! I completely sympathize with you regarding feeling resistant to certain Catholic teachings. The Church’s doctrines are quite different than many Protestant doctrines and even if one is close to the teachings of the Catholic Church one can still see there are marked differences which are singularly unique in Christian teachings.
      Secondly, I would say that I thank God that you have been brave enough to want to step out and know the truth wherever it leads and are willing to include learning Catholic doctrine as a part of that discovery. Many people are too afraid to step out in faith and be willing enough to learn what the Church has to say on matters of faith. However, I would advise you the same way I would advise a new or willing convert to Christianity who was taking their first steps on the journey. I wouldn’t give a new convert a Bible and say “start reading”. As we know by the time they get to Numbers they’re going to check out! The same goes for those exploring Catholic teachings. The writings of the Early Church Fathers is wonderful study but, to me, their writing is cumbersome and weighty and lengthy and you’ll probably check out pretty quickly. I prefer to take the Church Fathers in smaller sections and a great book to do that with where you can read what they had to say about explicitly Catholic doctrine is a book called “The Teachings of the Church Fathers” by John Willis, SJ (go to my Recommending Reading and Media page and click on the book title it should take you to its page on Amazon.) Keep in mind that when the Church Father’s write about beliefs they are writing about it from the point of view that it is fact and proven. They are not always writing to explain or clarify Catholic teachings so while what they have to say undeniably proves that the Catholic position is the historical one in Christian history, it doesn’t always necessarily explain why. For explanations on Catholic teaching and to learn about why we say Peter was the first Pope or that Christ is present in the Eucharist, go to Catholic Answers (http://www.catholic.com). They are an apologetics ministry and their website is dedicated to explaining the Catholic faith. There is a library link there where you can read tracts and magazine excerpts explaining the faith as well as an audio library of their radio show Catholic Answers where they speak for two hours about Catholic teaching. I would definitely recommend the “Open Line” shows or the “Open Line for non-Catholics” shows where all they do for up to two hours is take questions about the Catholic faith and they have different apologists on the show to answer the question. That is where I began to understand thoroughly what Catholic teaching was all about. I would also recommend you sign up and attend RCIA classes at your local Catholic Church and that should be starting here shortly. It is for people who want to learn more about the Catholic faith – ultimately in order to join the Church – but just because you’re attending you don’t have to join the Church and you can be very upfront about that and say so, but still attend the classes to learn about Catholicism. That way if you have questions and want to ask you can speak directly with someone who can answer you.
      As for any Protestant who is, in all sincerity and truth, serving Our Lord Jesus Christ in the capacity to which they understand Him and what He wants for us, I say ‘Amen!’ I recall what Jesus says to his disciples when they tell him about the man they tried to stop who was casting out demons because he wasn’t one of them. Jesus says, “Do not prevent him for anyone who is not against us is for us.” Certainly I believe that Protestants have a place in Christ because we share the same tenets of faith regarding Who Jesus is and what He did for us. Unfortunately, we do not have full communion with our separated brethren and we believe that Protestants are not in full communion with Our Savior because they have abandoned the theological beliefs Christ instituted in order for man to be most fully in communion with Him. Can Protestants be saved and go to Heaven? Absolutely! Are they our brothers and sisters in Christ? Of course! Are there many ways we are similar and can we both celebrate the Blessed Hope that we have in Jesus Christ for resurrection and eternal life? Yes indeed! However, only in the Catholic Church can a Christian find the fullest expression for living out the Christian faith as Christ desired when He founded the Church. In every succeeding church founded since the Protestant Revolt less and less of that full expression of faith and worship has been found for those who wish to serve Christ. So while Protestants are in communion with Christ, we believe that only in the Catholic Church can that communion reach its fullest potential and expression.
      Please contact me again if you have any further questions and I would be happy to try and answer them for you. You can always email me at christinedfickling@gmail.com if you like and I will email you back as soon as I can.

      God Bless,
      Christine

  6. October 11, 2016 12:16 am

    How will know if i have the gift of healing?

    • October 11, 2016 2:17 pm

      The short answer is if you’re praying for people to be healed through Jesus Christ and His name, that you understand the gift is not yours ownership-wise but only Him working through you and the prayers provide healing in a supernatural way apart from medicine or conventional means, then you have it. You can ask for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to come upon you for the gift of healing and to be able to operate in you to use that gift, then just keep praying with people to be healed of their ailments. If you are Catholic, I would strongly suggest going through a Church approved course for the charismatic gifts of the Spirit. That way you can make sure that the way you’re operating in the gifts is according to the teachings of the Catholic Church. I don’t know how numerous those courses are but many Catholic churches are now participating in a more charismatic encouragement of gifts. I know there is one in Farmers Branch, Texas called Mary Immaculate, that has the Nihil Obstat and Impermatur (in other words, Church approved.)

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