Let me start by saying I have always loved the liturgy, and still do, of a Catholic Church service. They vary slightly in style, but there is always a depth and beauty that I find amazing.
So for me it began when I was going through a horrendous time in my life. My wife had survived cancer (praise be to God) but still had severe health problems. One year she had a tooth pulled and it would not heal!
That same year there were 2 times we thought the cancer was coming back. One doctor told us that was a strong possibility. Yikes!
On top of all that, a particular catastrophe occurred to me which I am still trying to recover from. It might take years. And that wasn’t all.
My wife and I were arguing big time and it was all about what kind of church we were going to go to. No I’m not kidding. It was ripping us apart.
This was all happening in the same year! So yes I was searching. And there were some people at work that I noticed, that had strong faith, and you know what? They didn’t curse. Their faith seemed beautiful.
I was not impressed with the Protestants there at all, and some of them did curse. One Protestant woman in particular cursed, and criticized others almost all the time!
So I started asking the Catholics about their faith. One woman gave me some books to read about the Saints of old, and I soaked them up like a sponge! They were fascinating.
The Saints of old had such a deep love for God. I believe this is where their strength came from.
And then in 2013 Francis became Pope! I was stunned……in a good way.
This became much longer than I expected….so Part II will be tomorrow! Stay tuned.
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