Making My Way Home: Why I Love My Catholic Faith

I am a cradle Catholic, meaning I was born, baptized, and raised in the Catholic Church. But, like most cradle Catholics, when I got out on my own and attended college, I fell away from my Catholic Faith.

I believed in God, but was not sufficiently catechized to hold firm against the mentality of young college students – the idea that one can have faith, but didn’t need religion. And, perhaps more persuasive, the notion we can celebrate God everywhere, and don’t need a church.

Furthermore, because I believed in God, and at the time didn’t know enough of my own Catholic Faith, I found myself pulled into the churches which had upbeat music, no incense, and whose pastors seemed to be highly energetic and passionate about their sermons and ministering to their flock. I enjoyed myself in those churches; they were vibrant, charismatic, enthusiastic, and offered me an opportunity to be passionate about God. They were all things I felt was missing from all the Catholic churches I had attended.

As the first year slipped into the second year of my undergraduate degree, I began to feel that something was missing for me when attending these other churches.  But, as I continued to attend this church or that, I couldn’t put my finger on what it was that was different. So, one Sunday afternoon, I trudged to the Newman Center on campus for the 3:00 PM Mass. Walking in, I felt uneasy, not entirely sure what I was doing attending another Catholic Mass.

Much to my surprise, as Mass began, and I began to hear the words familiar to me from childhood, I began to relax, and feel comforted.

It would take me another four years to begin trying to determine why I felt a pull toward Catholicism. During that time, I was briefly engaged to someone  who, while nondenominational, had strong Baptist leanings. His family would grill me on my Catholic Faith, and I still had very little understanding of how to defend my Faith. I just felt there was something more to it.

After our engagement ended, I began asking myself why I was Catholic. And, decided if I was truly going to be Catholic, I needed to know what makes me Catholic. While I didn’t fully learn the depth of the Catholic Faith until after my son was born, I did figure out long before then what had been missing from my college days.

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What I missed, and subsequently began treasuring the more I dove into the depths of Catholicism, was the Eucharist.

I firmly, wholeheartedly believe the words spoken in John 6:51-58, that Jesus is “the living bread that came down from heaven… Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink…”

Even the Gospel of John acknowledges many who heard Jesus’ words found them difficult to understand. Some disciples, even as late as the Last Supper, walked away from Him when they heard his words. It was uncomfortable to hear then, and it is uncomfortable for some people still today.

Yet, I have been given the faith to believe that what happens in the Mass is truly miraculous. I have been given the faith in the belief of the Body and Blood of Jesus.

I believe that every Mass I attend, I am given the gift of participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – I am given the gift of receiving Jesus’ Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity every. single. time!

As our chaplain said this past Sunday – what separates Christians from other faiths is the belief in the Holy Trinity. That God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are three separate entities… in One!

What separates Catholics from other Christian denominations is

the Eucharist is not a symbol of Jesus’ sacrifice,

it is not a sign of Jesus’ sacrifice.

It IS Jesus’ sacrifice!

St. Maximilian Kolbe is credited with saying,

Maximilian Kolbe quote on angels and Eucharist

I believe the Catholic Church, and her priests, were granted Apostolic Authority – meaning, authority passed down from Jesus, to the apostles surrounding Him at the Last Supper, giving them the ability to change the bread and wine on the altar into Jesus’ Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.

Every single time I celebrate Mass, I am able to receive Jesus. I am able to mimic the disciples who truly believed. And, that is something I can’t get by celebrating God’s beauty and creation out of doors. It’s not something I can get by attending any other church or denomination.

The Eucharist brings peace to my soul, and brings me the closest to Jesus I am able to get, until I meet Him as my Merciful Advocate, praying He advocates for me to our Merciful God.

And, that is Why I Love My Catholic Faith.

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This post is written as part of the monthly Catholic Women Bloggers Network (CWBN) Blog Hop. Hosted over at Reconciled to You, each month, many Catholic women bloggers tackle one subject – this month’s being “Why [We] Love [Our] Catholic Faith.” To read other women’s insight as to why they love their Catholic faith, click on the image above and check out some other fantastic writers. As with any faith and religion, we all have our own stories and reasons why we choose our Faith – or, why we answer our Faith’s call, when it is received. So, I encourage you to read some more awesome, faith-filled women, as they explain why they love their Catholic Faith!

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    1. I understand some people believe that. However, as I stated in my post – I have been given the faith to believe in its reality. And, I acknowledge some people may feel uncomfortable with the idea – even some of Jesus’ followers had difficulty with that teaching. But, the more I learn about it, the more I truly believe.

      Thank you for keeping your response respectful!

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      1. They had difficulty with that teaching, simply because they did not understand that Jesus was not speaking ‘ Literally ‘ concerning eating his flesh or drinking blood, because it would be contrary to Scripture. Discernment is needed when reading the Bible and a working knowledge of Gods’ Word, which you evidently do not have.

        And by what means do your Babylonian Catholic so-called priesthood, get this blood or bread?
        You really need to wake up to the lie, that is Catholicism and the Whore of Babylon as in Revelation 17. KJV

        The Catholic mass/transubstantiation is essentially Cannibalism.

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      2. Thank you for your comment.

        I agree – discernment is needed when reading the Bible and a working knowledge of God’s Word.

        Through Apostolic Tradition – (one of the many references in which Jesus gives authority to His apostles in Matthew 28:18-20 – our Priests are given the ability to change the bread and wine into Christ’s Body and Blood. In regard to specific Eucharistic changes, I’ll re-refer you to the quote in John, but also initially point you in the direction of Matthew 26:26-28 and Luke 22:17.

        While I don’t know which religion you adhere to, I will say I cannot tolerate name calling of my religion. Therefore, if calling the Catholic Faith and her Church the “W*** of Babylon” is continued in any capacity, I will no longer approve the comments. I understand some individuals believe that; however, it is derogatory and demeaning to slander another faith simply because one does not understand their teachings fully.

        Lastly, I can tell you – since this obviously touches a nerve, I will close by saying … pleas pray for me…

        and, I will pray for you.

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      3. Apostolic tradition is a lie.
        After the last Apostle died, there has been NO true apostle as it was no longer possible for anyone to fulfil the criteria of an Apostle.
        Please feel free to read Acts 1 fully. KJV

        The Catholic so-called church has always been understood to be the
        Whore of Babylon.
        If you find that description offensive,then I should think you could edit it from your Bible? NOT a suggestion btw.

        I shall pray for you to be saved, and that you leave that evil and luciferian cult of Rome.
        I shall pray also that you repent.

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      4. According to Revelation 17, I believe (going back to faith), based on my intense discernment, that the “Whore of Babylon” is not the Catholic Church, but instead, are Godless cities and Godless societies.

        I have read Acts 1 fully. And, I will point to 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 to highlight Apostolic tradition did not die with Jesus, nor with the first Apostles. As they appointed new disciples and followers to carry on their Apostolic Traditions and faith, which ultimately culminated in the beauty of Sacred Tradition and the Bible.

        Thank you for your prayers. I will pray for a conversion of heart for you, and that you have a beautiful day.

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    2. I actually find it quite interesting that you made the recommendation of removing things from the Bible that we find are offensive. I know you were completely kidding. But it seems ironic to me, because that’s essentially what the KJV of the Bible is… an edited version that removed things the editors didn’t agree with, that had been part of the Bible for hundreds of years already.

      I know we won’t agree on the issue of Transubstantiation here. It’s a major divide between Catholic and Protestant faiths. It’s a major difference in how we approach interpreting the Bible – Protestants from individual discernment, Catholics with the guidance of the Magisterium.

      But we’re still one Body in Christ. We all love and believe in the same Jesus. We can pray for each other and lift each other up. And in all our evangelizing and defending our faith, we should never tear each other down. We should always strive for greater unity. However, only one of our religions can have the fullness of the faith. And I’m a firm believer that it’s the Catholic Church, founded by Jesus, traceable all the way back to the apostles. Which is why we Catholics are so adamant about defending the Church and her teachings.

      Let’s continue to pray for each other!

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      1. Catholicism is not a part of the body of Jesus Christ & it never has been.

        Jesus Christ never founded the Catholic so-called church, if he did, why is it condemned in Revelation 17 KJV ?

        I shall pray for you to be saved and to leave that disgusting Cult of Rome ie. The Whore of Babylon. Rev 17 KJV.

        The KJV does not remove anything from the Bible, that should be there.

        The Apocrypha is not inspired. I have just posted a video regarding the Apocrypha this a.m.

        I suggest that you check it out.

        The KJV has never been edited in the way that you say.
        The Apocrypha was never treated by the Jews as Scripture, and was certainly not treated by Jesus or the Apostles as such either.

        Wake UP !!
        Repent !!

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      2. In none of the Bibles I have ever studied (I have a KJV in my house), does the Bible say, “The Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon.” That is the interpretation (and accusation) of others…

        As I stated already, the “Whore of Babylon,” refers to Godless societies, and Godless cities, who drip with the blood of saints – those who have accepted and lived with Jesus in their hearts.

        And, we must agree to disagree on the Apocrypha. It was removed from the original Bible. Not the Old Testament adhered to by the Jewish Faith, but from the Bible as originally compiled – consisting of Old and New Testaments.

        Continue to pray for those of us who adhere to the Catholic Faith, and I will continue to pray for you.

        As Sara said, we should be striving for unity, and Christ-like behavior at all times.

        Thank you for stopping by my page. You have provided me with some amazing debate this morning! 😊

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      3. Your understanding of Revelation is absurd and utterly ridiculous.
        You have fallen for the Jesuit lies.

        Unity with Catholics i.e. Ecumenism is a SIN !!
        I will never have anything to do with unity with that Whore of Babylon.
        You have a very sentimental and unedified view of Scripture which seems to be typical of women in general.

        2 John 9-11 KJV

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      4. And they do that contrary to Scripture unequally yoking themselves, and taking part in so-called fellowship with The Whore of Babylon and those that teach lies and luciferan doctrines/dogmas.

        I have no part with them.
        Unlike you, I know what the Catholic so-called church really is. It is
        The work of the devil, satan & lucifer and is corrupt from top to bottom.

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      5. You have been admonished more than twice now. I politely suggest that you repent of your false teaching and ask The Lord Jesus Christ into your life.

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  1. Mr. Nobody, I understand that you feel Anni is in grave error here, but the respect you showed in your initial comment has slipped into namecalling. Are Christians not called to be charitable?

    Jesus had ample time to correct those who had a difficult time with what he was saying…and he didn’t. In previous examples, Jesus clarified with additional parables or statements. Not here. It seems pretty clear from Jesus’ own actions and his own character that he was, in fact, being literal. I have discerned this, as (I’m sure) has Anni.

    I don’t expect us to come to an agreement on this, but I’d ask that you be a little more charitable in your approach.

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    1. Charitable, but that does not mean that I should not point out the false teachings of Catholicism.

      You’re obviously a Catholic, and I would have said the exact same things to you.
      It is difficult to sound respectful when contradicting a person
      and pointing out their lie/s /false teaching.

      You need to repent & get saved. Leave that Babylonian Cult.

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      1. Mr. Somebody (because you are somebody),

        Much of my blogging niche is Catholic. Therefore, many will step in to attempt to explain, clarify, and defend our Faith. Our Faith has, historically, been subject to a lot of misinformation… quite frankly, from the time of Christ Himself.

        Therefore, we do respond when our Faith is under attack. I can’t, and won’t fault, anyone who defends their faith.

        And, I did ask for prayers, so in a way, did ask for her input. 😉

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      1. The Apostles that remained possibly did not need anything clarifying because they discerned that Jesus was not speaking ‘ literally ‘ concerning eating his flesh or drinking his blood.
        They knew the Torah and they knew Jesus and, unlike you, they had discernment.

        You have NO discernment because you do not understand Scripture. If you did you would certainly not be a Roman Catholic or have anything to do with that Perfidious organisation.

        When I communicate with a Catholic I get the same lies & deception 1/2 truths.

        You need to re-examine your adherence to the Catholic so-called church.

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      2. I don’t have time (or space) into the entirety of answering this comment. But, I will recommend Brant Pitre’s book, “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist.” The Eucharist is powerfully Biblical, as it the ability for our Priests to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

        There is a reason some disciples walked away from this teaching at the Last Supper (and, even earlier, as referenced in John 6:51-58).

        Thank you for the debate, but we must agree to disagree.

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      3. I do not need to read anything other than Scripture Thank you.

        You, however do need to read the Scriptures. KJV /AV_1611

        I think you’re being deceitful, and trying to palm a book off on me, as though that is an answer or something. You are masking your inability to back up your false teaching, and also your ignorance of Scripture.

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      4. Actually, no – I am not being deceitful. I happen to agree with all the education in his book, and frankly, don’t want to be accused of plagiarism. I am not ignorant of Scripture, nor am I unable to defend my Faith. Instead, I have other things calling my attention today.

        But, thank you for trying to continue to engage me. I will no longer be responding to your attempts to engage me in this discourse (and, will not be approving comments about my ability to interpret Scripture because I am female and not male).

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      5. Scaredy Cat… 😀

        I will pray for you, but, please DO NOT pray for me.
        I am sure you will understand why.

        [ Hint } >>>Mary is dead you know.

        😀

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  2. I loved hearing your story! It is the story of so many of us cradle Catholics – raised Catholic but the whole Catholic identity formation took a while. It’s one of the things that comes up so much in RCIA. People are very surprised that someone could be raised in the Church and not really understand it or identify with it much. In a way cradle Catholics have to learn to be like converts in our zeal and enthusiasm, without burning out.

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    1. Yes! I agree!! It’s definitely difficult to figure out how to re-learn our Faith, and not burn out. Part of what I’ve loved is learning about all of its intricacies. There is so much more to being Catholic than showing up on Sunday – and, it’s AWE-some to know there’s “more out there.”

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Thank you for sharing, Anni! I am a convert myself, so I relate to your re-learning of the faith. I spent a number of years reading all I could on which religions believed what and why and when I first become Christian about the last thing I ever thought I would be was Catholic.

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    1. Thank you! I, too, was surprised to find my way back to the Catholic Faith as well. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading my journey.

      Thank you for stopping by and taking the moment to comment!

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    1. I am so glad you, too, are experiencing the beauty of the Eucharist. Jesus’ True Presence definitely does gently pull us back to Him!

      Thank you for stopping by and letting me know your similarities! 🤗

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  4. Hi Anni – what a beautiful post, but, woah, not-so-nice comments. It’s so sad that as Christians (Coptic, Orthodox, Catholic & other followers of Jesus Christ) are beheaded, shot & killed professing Christ around the world there is such antagonistic divisiveness here. The more we know Jesus, the more we’re filled with His love? That uplifts (I Corinthians 13 style?) A good litmus test of our faith (whatever our denomination) is how much of Jesus Christ’s love we put into our actions, words & deeds? It’s a daily challenge – why Catholics need the Eucharist, and Evangelicals need the love of Jesus leading & guiding hearts & minds. Egads, our whacked out world doesn’t need more mud-slinging Christians, but love-slinging ones! The peace & love of Jesus Christ be with you today (in HUGE DOSES!) – Much, much love & blogging hugs! – Virginia

    p.s. I have worked with ecumenical Christian ministries around the world seeking to be the hands & feet of Jesus to the poorest of the poor, victims of violence, war and disease. Sometimes we’ve had spirited debates about theological issues, but the love of Jesus has powered our love & respect for each other & the ministry. And, that’s the witness to all the other faiths out there: the love of Christ that unites us.

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    1. I am so glad you liked my post.

      And, I agree with what you have written about working together as a team, united in Christ. I have seen some of the things you’ve written about being the hands and feet of Christ, and I am in awe of those who are able to be the missionaries for Christ on such a tangible level! One chaplain reminded me once, as wife and more mother, my missionary field for now is the home – but, I love hearing the experiences of others.

      Thank you for the love and blogging hugs! I’ll definitely take them, and reciprocate!! 🤗🤗

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  5. Anni- block Mr. Nobody. He does not want to be a part of evangelization or conversion. “If you don’t have anything nice to say…..” He is just baiting you. Don’t buy into it.

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    1. I understand he was baiting, but there were reasons I responded for a while… I was not trying to convince anybody to think differently from their viewpoint. Instead, I was merely allowing others who may have been sucked into those comments to know a few other sources when/if they face someone so vehemently opposed to the Catholic Faith.

      I know we have Bible and Tradition behind us! Some others, though, may not know where to turn, and I hope they have been educated through some of my responses!

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  6. On a 2nd note….beautiful article. It is up to everyone who gets to adulthood to find their faith on their own terms. Faith is what moves you to search out what being a Christian Catholic means to you as an individual- in spite of either not knowing or not understanding these concepts from childhood. They are adult versions of the foundation that had been set up for you. Adults can understand and accept the things that we have to believe by faith. Little Guy at your home would never understand the concepts that you are learning in your personal faith journey. Everything he has learned you have learned….the big stuff is up to you personally.

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  7. Thank you for being respectful in all of your responses. I enjoy learning about your experiences as a Catholic in the same way I enjoy learning about the faiths of others, and a highly respectful discussion with no name calling is the only way that peace can be achieved. Blessings.

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  8. There’s power in childhood memories, and enthusiasm.

    About enthusiasm, I have yet to find a Catholic analog to the exuberant Christianity I’ve experienced in some – not all – Protestant groups. I like enthusiasm, and thoroughly enjoy the more rousing polka masses in the local parish.

    I don’t, however, *trust* enthusiasm. It’s a poor reason for making decisions. Other than what movie to see: that sort of thing.

    My own path to the Church didn’t, oddly enough, involve the Eucharist. Not directly. I know how important our Lord’s presence is, but that’s not why I joined.

    I’ve been a Christian for as long as I remember. I had opportunities – and a need – to learn more about the Catholic Church’s history. The more I learned, the more unlikely it’s durability seemed.

    We’ve had some good Popes who were miserably incompetent administrators, and some Popes who were neither good men nor good leaders. And yet the Church is still here: with an unbroken line of Popes, going all the way back to Peter.

    Human institutions simply don’t last that long. Some *civilizations* haven’t endured as long as the Church has. I finally realized that the simplest explanation was probably the accurate one: that the Pope has the authority our Lord gave Peter. At that point, I knew too much and *had* to join. I’m glad I did.

    I am sure other folks have had other experiences: but that’s the path I found.

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    1. Haha! I loved reading your experience. Thank you so much for sharing! Amazing that your journey was based more on the Apostolic Succession – although, it’s not uncommon that the Papacy and its role has brought many people into the Church.

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  9. Thanks for the post. As Im entering RCIA soon, I find the Eucharist very fascinating especially coming from a Protestant background. Now that Im on summer break, I’ve been attending Eucharist Adoration at the parish I attend for about 3 weeks now and although I don’t completely comprehend this mystery of the faith, I know enough to take Jesus at his word in John 6. Then again, there are tons of mysteries in the faith we don’t understand completely (trinity, hypostatic union to name a few) but we apprehend it in a finite way.

    I like the fact that the host is the true body, bloody, soul, and divinity which means I can receive the amazing grace and healing our Lord gave to those 2000 years ago. Im still learning about this sacrifice and mystery but Im totally in awe of it. I can’t wait to receive Jesus when I enter the Church. Until then, I will go to adoration, sit before the host in prayer/meditation, and try my best to grasp this further.

    You hit amazing points on Catholicism’s history and authority.

    Thanks for the post

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    1. I am so encouraged to read your story!

      Adoration is absolutely *beautiful* (when not having to chase after kids… and, if I didn’t have to worry about them interfering with others, it would be beautiful with them, too! 😂). There are many reported miracles, and people being brought into the Faith by spending time with Him there.

      I wrote a post about “Peter did What?!” just over a year ago. Essentially, in Brant Pitre’s book “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist,” he discusses exactly what you said – Peter said something to the effect of, “I may not know fully what You mean or are saying, or understand the how, but I believe because You said it’s true.”

      I am so glad you found my site, and will continue to pray for you as you make your way Home!

      And, I, too, am still in awe of the mystery and beauty of the Eucharist! The Catholic Faith is like an onion… it has so many layers to unfold and unpack, and although difficult to understand at times, she (the Church) has amazing wisdom to impart – on each of us individually, and society!

      Thank you for stopping in and sharing your journey with me!

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  10. I also found my faith challenged in college. My roommate was also a cradle Catholic but of the cafeteria type. 🙂 We had many debates and it was a time for me of claiming my faith for myself as an adult, of deciding I didn’t just believe in it because it was how I was raised. Then I met my husband, who was an argumentative Protestant (now a convert!), and I had a lot more explaining to do, especially in convincing him that raising future children in the Church was a non-negotiable! I fell away a little up until the time our daughter was born in that I wasn’t faithful about Sunday Mass attendance, but my faith in the truth of the Church thankfully did not waver. I loved reading your story (and all the others in the hop!) and I’m sorry you had to deal with the negativity above. You are way, way nicer than I would have been in your shoes!

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    1. I loved hearing your story!!

      Thankfully, my husband and I had the “raising kids Catholic is non-negotiable” talk as we were dating, and then I reminded him before he asked me to marry him, and it was reminded throughout our pre-marriage courses conversations! 😂 He has been nothing *but* supportive of my Faith, and he challenges me (in a positive way) to be a better Catholic – and amazes me with how he lives such a beautiful Christian witness to our children (and Catholic, but without his conversion… 😉).

      Thank you for taking a moment to comment. I truly am inspired by your testimony of Faith and your spiritual journey – and, that of your family (and, husband)!

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