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By Elina Simon, Executive Assistant to the Vicar General
I have been combing the internet, googling Why Catholic, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), and several other subjects to come up with an appropriate cyber synopsis for Becoming Catholic. Why? Because I didn't become Catholic, I was born Catholic, so in order to understand why someone who wasn't born into the faith would become Catholic required some research.
For my family it was tradition to be baptised as infants, attend catechism classes, experience first Holy Communion, and Confirmation. It became tradition to go to Mass early on Sunday in order to spend the afternoon in front of the television watching football with daddy and all my siblings. It was how the family celebrated the holidays and built memories - vivid memories of antics before Mass, after Mass, and yes, sometimes during Mass.
Granted, I strayed from active participation during my college years, slowly diminishing to attending Mass only on Christmas and Easter, but I eventually came back to church when my mother came to live with me. I was relieved to find that the Mass had not changed; I could remember the prayers. But what was most surprising and deeply comforting was the flood of memories from all those family Sundays past and how soothing it was to pause for an hour in what had become an increasingly hectic life and listen to the word of God. It was and is a beautiful thing to witness.
So, for those people not born into the faith, I found anywhere from 8 to 150 reasons to become Catholic. Reasons cited ranged from 2,000 years of tradtion, to saints are great role models and God's BFF's. Then I stumbled across a quote from the man Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) refers to as the Apostle of Common Sense that summarized everthing for me:
"The difficulty of explaining 'why I am a Catholic' is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true."
It is my sincere hope that while you explore our site that you will discover that same truth for yourself. In his letter on the Year of Faith, Bishop Silva urges us to, "Go out beyond our comfort zones to share the gospel of Jesus with our families, friends, coworkers, and neighbors." Well, this is me attempting to do just that.
Click here to learn about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).