Comments: Finding Rome

Wow, what a story. I was curious, but often feel that a religious journey is something rather private so I was hesitant to ask. As for me, I grew up thinking I was Catholic, even did my first communion and related catechism courses... only to find out we were Presbyterians and that I was baptized a Nazarene. Not sure what that makes me since I really like both the Presbyterians and the Catholics. However, I am raising Squink in the Catholic church.

Posted by blair at October 10, 2007 07:44 PM

Thankee, Jordana! I can think of certain members of my own family who would do very well to read this post.

Posted by Robbo the Llama Butcher at October 11, 2007 10:28 AM

That hymn was always a favorite in the community in which I was reared. That, and my mother's favorite, Just as I Am, which I think was always the invitation hymn at Billy Graham crusades.

Obviously this story resonates strongly with me. I know the shock of discovering that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom", i.e. that having what I want because I think that's how it's supposed to be... well, that might not actually be The Way.

Posted by Patricia Tryon at October 11, 2007 10:27 PM

I dunno - I think it's pretty spectacular, especially when you think about the position the Catholic Church holds in the minds of many Protestants (cf. Kennedy, John Fitzgerald -- election of)

I'm now most curious about your husband's desire to do this, which seems to have been the trigger for your search. Plus that WWCoG is the first I've heard of (other than Seventh Day Adventists) who are Christians practicing like Jews.

As I said the last time, it's a little different compared to Judaism; these spiritual journeys are just not as common. Good luck with it, and I hope you've found the right spiritual place.

Posted by skinnydan at October 12, 2007 07:25 AM

I think it's very brave to enter into Catholicism, especially when you live in the middle of the bible belt. Don't fret the birth control thing too much. Many contemporary catholics practice what they call Natural Family Planning http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFP in which they only make love during the part of her cycle when she is least likely to conceive.

In my opinion there is no moral difference between this and other forms of birth control since in the end all of them aim to deliberately avoid pregnancy but if NFP can ease both your anxiety about becoming pregnant again AND help you feel more sincere in the practice of your faith, I'd say hop on.

Posted by A at October 13, 2007 12:01 PM

Thank you for being transparent in sharing your journey. I'm staunchly Presbyterian (don't "staunch" and "Presbyterian" fit well together?) Yet, I know that God has His sheep in other folds. May God continue to bless you and yours.

Posted by TulipGirl at October 13, 2007 06:34 PM

You describe the last year so calmly and with such beauty. It's amazing to think how much your family has absorbed.

Posted by Meredith at October 13, 2007 08:09 PM

Catholicism a pit-stop on the highway to Episcopalianism, right? As Selimovic put it, "The circle is not round". Glad to see you are still blogging. I'll be down on the Domain for Croom's retirement celebration in a few weeks. Maybe you guys are going? Anyway, I hope you and your family are doing well. Drop me a line sometime if you guys are still in N'ville. Cheers...

Posted by David Royal at October 15, 2007 05:52 AM

Jordana: Congratulations on your homecoming. I encourage you to study Natural Family Planning, which is not considered by the Magisterium to be sinful if done for appropriate reasons. (And no, despite some people's objections, it is not the same as birth control.)

Tulip Girl: I was a staunch Presbyterian once myself. We make the best Catholics...

Posted by Christine at October 18, 2007 11:44 AM

Thanks for writing this - it was interesting. By struggling with the words hopefully it will help strengthen your faith. May you continue to draw closer to the Lord and all that He has in store for you.

WWCoG should not be confused with Church of God. I have heard of the former, and while I can appreciate what they're trying to do they run the risk of legalism getting in the way of worship.

Posted by MarcV at October 19, 2007 10:51 AM