WELCOME! Here is my not-terribly-eloquent attempt to grow closer to God via... blogging. Unfortunately for you, I'm not sure what that means either. I guess we'll find out!

I'm 30 years old, married to an IT Guy and a stay-at-home-mom to two spectacularly gorgeous children. While we attend Mass on Sunday mornings, I spend the entirety of the Eucharistic Prayer focused on making sure the baby uses her crayons on the bulletin, not the pew

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07/18/2011

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Lindsay

I was just thinking about this blog today. I always enjoy what you write here,and today I like the reminder about the power of prayer. Praying for somebody is a huge something. And Happy Birthday too!

Laura

I'm a cradle Catholic but have helped with RCIA over the years. One thing I heard a priest say to the inquirers that made SO MUCH SENSE is: "Can you say the Creed and believe it? Can you say 'yes' to that? If you can make that profession of faith, you believe what I believe about being a Catholic. That's enough."

We baptize infants and give communion to 7 yr. olds; grace for the journey, right? Loved this post!

Lindsay

Came back to read other comments. What Laura said is exactly what my mother says to me too.

Megan

I spent a huge part of my life being nothing. That is, I was baptized Catholic and did 1st communion and age 7 or so, then NOTHING ELSE. In fact, I would have categorized myself at that time as being anti-organized-religion. So, I sort of got to have this conversation with myself when I got married in the church and then again when we started having and baptizing children.
When we got married I went to confirmation classes but when it came time to be confirmed I just couldn't do it. I felt like there were all these rules and beliefs that came with being Catholic (or at least how I understood Catholicism then) and I just couldn't get behind them all. I felt like if I went to the confirmation I would be lying, in church, and even if I wasn't completely sure being and honest to goodness Catholic was for me that still seemed like a very bad idea. The priest was so nice and thanked me for going to the classes and being so thoughtful about it and for being honest. We were still able to get married in the church.
Then when we had our second son I went through the confirmation classed again. I don't know if the teacher was just better at explaining everything or if I was just in a better place to hear it but I was really overjoyed to find that Catholicism to me seemed to me like, well, like coming home. I BELONGED there.
A big part of the difference was a conversation I had with a (different) priest about my concerns and what had held me back the last time. His point to me is that we are all imperfect Catholics, that I don't have follow every rule perfectly all the time, that as long as I try to look at an issue from all sides, keep an open mind, and prayerfully and respectfully give the church and it's teachings extra "weight", then it is ok not to be 100% there on the day of my confirmation. This advice has helped me so much, and I have found that as my faith grows and my knowledge about what the church actually teaches and why grows, the amount of weight I give it has grown as well. His point was, I believe, not that it is ok to not follow the teachings of the church, but to recognize that I am on a journey of faith and not to deny myself the chance to learn and grow in faith because I was worried about not doing it right or the "requirements" or not being 100% there in my understanding. There are still some things I am struggling with but I simply ask God to help me understand even when I can't imagine how exactly I am going to get there.

OK, wait, what was the question again? Am I even still on topic?

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