Battles Converts Must Fight, Part I

In Catholic, Christianity on April 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Let me be clear:  Christianity Richly is about the joys of life in Christ—the rich interior and communal life in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

Having said that, depending on your faith tradition (small “t”), if God is leading you to become a Catholic Christian, you will fight battles almost every day until you enter the Church.  Some of those battles, even if graciously contested, may be with family and friends.  But most of the battles will be with yourself.  You will experience moments of interior discomfort no one would believe, unless they have been on the same journey.

What kind of battles?  You will find yourself in conflict, not because the Church is difficult to enter, as a result of her doctrine or rituals.  Rather, with study, you are quite likely to find the Church is difficult not to enter!  Her joy in Christ and the beauty of holiness, her aids to spiritual growth, and the Church’s  biblical foundation will begin to almost irresistibly draw you.

The pilgrim who prays daily, “Show me the way, Lord; show me any untruths; show me any lack of conformity to scripture; show me any error in this way,” will be led to see that the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church is the Church established in Matthew 16, verses 13-19.

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