Right now my life is going through an overhaul.
I am once again taking charge of my physical well-being.
I am being proactive in taking care of my emotional health while grieving and working through the stress of this time of my life.
I am also leaning on and building up the spiritual part of my life. It is not actually a “part of” my life, it is my foundation. I have never been very open about my faith life on this blog, but if I am going to continue to grow I am going to have to talk about it a bit more. To do that I am going to have to tell you a bit about my worship tradition in order for you to understand some of what I talk about in future posts. First and foremost I am a Christian – I profess without hesitation that my entire life is influenced by Jesus. I attempt to follow him, though I am only human and fall many times, DAILY! But because of his forgiveness and grace I am able to get up and try again, knowing that he is always there for me. The way I worship is guided by the Roman Catholic Church. I was baptized as an infant into the Church, and have been a practicing Catholic my entire life. I went through the normal teen and early adult years where I questioned not only my faith tradition, but also Christianity as a whole. It was only through this time of questioning that I was drawn back to my faith and the Catholic Church and have been able to embrace it with my entire heart and soul. That time of questioning, exploration, and even flat-out denial gave me the chance to step away from the faith that my parents spoon fed me and return to it as an adult making a conscious decision to enter into a relationship with God and accept the traditions of the Catholic church.
There are many traditions that Protestants object to in the Catholic Church, and there are many misconceptions about the Church. There will be times that I discuss specifics of the Catholic church as it relates to my growth journey. I will explain those specifics so that anyone who is not intimately familiar with the traditions of the Church can understand why it is important to me. But never is my intention to preach or try to convert anyone. I am merely speaking from my heart about my personal journey. I may point out differences between my faith tradition and those of another denomination only to make a point, but never, ever to denigrate anyone else’s beliefs. I would hope that my journey would encourage others to seek out their own spiritual path no matter what belief system.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church in order to understand a bit more of my point of view and my origins, there are many really good books out there. One series in particular is very good at explaining things, and is in a format that I really appreciate…..