Practicing Your Faith
February 27, 2009 7:19am CST
Practicing your faith is a lot like riding a bicycle. If you stop for awhile you forget how great it actually is. If you were never very good at it you have no idea what your missing. You can always pick it back up and try again and the better you get the easier and more fulfilling the experience is. I was brought into the Catholic Church at a very young age. I'm what is known as a "Cradle Catholic". I went to religious education regularly and received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Communition, and Confirmation), and that was it. I thought I knew it all. So I fell away from the Church and went into a more non-practicing mode, leading a life of self indulgence.I just wasn't learning any more from the Church. It wasn't until my wife decided to become Catholic and started posing questions to me that I started realizing that I really had no idea what my faith was about. After attending RCIA (Right of Christian Initiation for Adults) with her I found that there is a lot more to our faith than I ever knew. It wasn't that the Church stopped teaching, it's that I stopped learning and looking for the answers. Since I have made an honest effort to practice my faith again a whole new world has opened up for me. Has anyone else experienced this? If so...I'd be interested to hear about it.
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29 Apr 09
Umm...Charlie? This is supposed to be a discussion about Catholicism, not a bash session. But who cares about Christian charity when you know for certain that everyone besides you is going to hell, right? I am darned proud to be a papist. Becoming one was the greatest and most important events in my life, and I will NEVER go back to Protestantism. I'll pray a few Rosaries for you, that you'll stop merely spitting back by rote what you've been constantly taught about the Church and start thinking for yourself and do a serious study of Catholicism.