I am proud to proclaim
I am a Catholic.
A saved, born again, Spirit filled, lover of Jesus
who expects to be accepted
by Protestant lovers of Jesus
because I am a sister in Christ.
BUT, my culture and way of expressions seems odd to Protestant ears,
So I am misunderstood.
Perhaps in the Body, the Protestants are the feet and mouth carrying the Good News
and as a Catholic I am an ear.
I might not look like I belong but trust me,
although I look foreign I AM part of the same Body.
May my small acts of unity reverberate throughout the entire Mystical Body of Christ.
Before I discovered Catholic sites, I posted on secular and Protestant sites. I felt I had to hide my Catholicism. When I finally wrote about my Catholic faith, I was immediately grilled and interrogated by shocked readers and co-authors. Yet God had His own agenda and through the moderator, forgiveness and unity began. Of course, the site decided to simply ignore my Catholicism and centre on my love of God.
When I discovered Catholic sites and was accepted as a writer, I was thrilled to finally be free to write about my faith without filters. Of course Protestants and agnostics sometimes still take a swipe at me but I feel I am defending my faith on my territory. Of course, the tears still come at times because I know exactly how they feel about the Catholic Church. I too once reviled Catholics and thought they had corrupted true faith in Jesus.
It really does take divine revelations to break down the ingrained prejudices against Catholic tradition. I am a convert only because of divine intervention. My sister and I met the Lord when we were 16 and 17. She became a Protestant Missionary and I became a Catholic mother of nine. She prays for my salvation because she knows about my deep relationship with Mary.
My tears and pain are my silent prayer, whispered from the depths of my spirit as I choose to let the pain flow from me to the heart of Jesus. I cannot change people. Only He can open eyes. I yearn for the day the God reveals His Mother to our Protestant Brethren.
“WE can be right.
We can be dead right and
bring death to all those around us.”
( Jean Vanier, founder or L’Arche)