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Name: Amber
Location: Reno, Nevada, United States

I am a 34-year-old single mother of three. I am a convert to Catholicism and came into the Church on April 7, 2007. This blog is a collection of thoughts and things I learn in my journey of faith. All comments are welcome!

Friday, July 13, 2007

We're all the same before the Lord!

I am constantly amazed by the stories of converts. Every one I read contains something I thought of or felt in my own conversion. A friend told me that what makes it so amazing is that it's not as if we're all forced to say the same things. We all come from different walks in life, different faith traditions, different cultures, etc. Yet, we all experience some aspects that are undeniably similar.

I suppose we can only attribute these things to the guidance of the same Holy Spirit and as my friend put it, "...it has nothing to do with either your religious or social or educational background... We're all the same before the Lord."

Amen!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Listen to Your Heart: Christine's Story

I interviewed a friend of mine, Christine, who is also a recent convert to Catholicism. Christine is going to be the Godmother to my three children. Read the short version of her story at CatholicDaily.org.

Listen to Your Heart:Christine's Story

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Dr. Francis Beckwith Comes Home

The big news the past few days is the almost "scandalous" reversion of Dr. Francis J. Beckwith, President of the Evangelical Theological Society, along with the conversion of his wife. Upon hearing the news, my first thought was the joy one experiences when they come home to the Catholic Church. Second, I started thinking about all this means for him and his family.

Conversion is NOT an easy thing to do. No one converts for reasons that are not well-thought out, especially when they stand so much to lose. Being in the position that Dr. Beckwith is in, I imagine it was a very long process, accompanied by many prayers: a decision not taken lightly by any means.

Please pray for Dr. Beckwith and his family. They are under attack by those who simply do not understand. The lack of Christian charity I've been reading from some has been disheartening.

Many of us converts/reverts understand the pain associated with these attacks. But we also know the peace and blessing from God that eventually follows.

This is a time to remember that our purpose in life is to love God and follow him, wherever He takes us, whatever the cost.

Welcome home, Dr. Beckwith and family! May God bless you richly in your obedience to him!

What Dr. Beckwith says about his reversion: My Return to the Catholic Church

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Cost of Conversion

One of the most difficult things that Catholic converts often face is the lack of support from family and friends. This comes in many forms and often leaves these converts on an anguishing journey with lots of ups and downs. One minute may be filled with joy as they discover something else new and wonderful in the faith. The next moment is filled with anxiety and sadness as they leave behind their old ways of worship and seek to find ways to "break the news" to their loved ones.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Grace to See

The reasons for conversion vary from person to person. For some, it's intellectual. For others, it's a matter of the heart. For some, it's a long process sometimes over many years. For others, it's a Damascus Road conversion, quick and unexpected. But one thing is certain. In every conversion, God has given someone the grace to come to the truth and that person has cooperated with that grace, often giving up a measure of pride.

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