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Offline Jaynek

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Act of Faith
« on: May 05, 2015, 08:41:01 AM »
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  • O MY GOD, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in Three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I believe that Thy Divine Son became Man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.

    I am Catholic and this is what I believe. I was born to a Jewish family, but I renounced the religion of my family over 40 years ago in order that I might follow Christ.  There is no evidence at all that I am a crypto-Jew.  I might not be the best Catholic in the world, but I am a Catholic from the depths of my being.

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    « Reply #1 on: May 05, 2015, 10:09:02 AM »
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  • For the sake of your own soul, I hope you truly did say the Act of Faith with a true heart.

    As for every day kind of sins, there is always the Confessional for that sort of thing.

    Do you have the Apostles Creed memorized?


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    « Reply #2 on: May 05, 2015, 10:17:46 AM »
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  • On weekdays, when homeschooling my son, we start the day with opening prayers that include the Apostles' Creed and the Act of Faith.  We say the Act of Contrition too which I say again at bedtime.  I have the Creed memorized in both English and Latin.  I usually say it in Latin with my son and in English when praying the Rosary by myself.

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    « Reply #3 on: May 05, 2015, 10:20:17 AM »
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  • What brought you to Christ?

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    « Reply #4 on: May 05, 2015, 10:42:29 AM »
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  • I first learned about Christ in my teens.  It was from Protestant evangelical/fundamentalists, so I was taught a lot of errors.  However, I understood that I was a sinner and that my sins separated me from God.  I knew that if I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, His death on the cross could reconcile me to God.

    After a few years, when attending a Catholic church with my Catholic boyfriend I felt drawn by Christ's presence in the Eucharist.  I knew there was something here that did not happen at Protestant services so I became Catholic. Unfortunately, I was received at a Novus Ordo parish and I continued to be taught errors.  

    Only in recent years have I learned to seek out genuine Catholic teaching in the traditions of the Church and to compare any modern teachings against tradition.  Although I technically became Catholic decades ago, I feel like a new Catholic.  There is so much to learn (and errors to unlearn), not simply facts about the Faith, but how to live it out in my daily life.


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    « Reply #5 on: May 05, 2015, 05:48:03 PM »
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    Only in recent years have I learned to seek out genuine Catholic teaching in the traditions of the Church and to compare any modern teachings against tradition. Although I technically became Catholic decades ago, I feel like a new Catholic. There is so much to learn (and errors to unlearn), not simply facts about the Faith, but how to live it out in my daily life.


    Many of us with novus ordo background have this experience.  

    I'm always interested in family reaction with converts to the Faith. How does your family receive you?  What is their influence with your children?  

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    « Reply #6 on: May 05, 2015, 05:59:16 PM »
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  • My family was originally upset with my conversion, but the have been influenced over the years by the relativism of society.  They now pretty much believe that all religions are equal, so don't have strong feelings about me being Catholic.

    I don't think they have had much influence on my children.  The children identify as Catholic and Judaism does not play any role in their lives.

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    « Reply #7 on: May 10, 2015, 06:47:59 PM »
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  • Do people think it is possible that those calling me things like "Jew," "marrano," and "not really Catholic" don't mean it literally?  They almost never explain why they say these things so I am left wondering if I am, in my ignorance, getting something wrong about Church teaching.  Or perhaps they are thinking of things that I did or said when I was new to tradition.  Maybe it is even merely something to hurt my feelings because they don't like me.  I don't have any way to tell how seriously to take these comments.


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    « Reply #8 on: May 10, 2015, 08:12:54 PM »
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  • Both I think.

    I think some are mostly just trying to hurt your feelings.

    Others may think they have reason to doubt your conversion, but they don't.

    But then again, it's done in anonymous, so it really could be just one person with an ax to grind.

    Don't take it seriously.





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    « Reply #9 on: May 11, 2015, 12:50:13 PM »
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    Both I think.

    I think some are mostly just trying to hurt your feelings.

    Others may think they have reason to doubt your conversion, but they don't.

    But then again, it's done in anonymous, so it really could be just one person with an ax to grind.

    Don't take it seriously.






    JayneK,

    Take it seriously.  Be a devout and faithful Catholic and do not play both sides of the fence which wouldn't make sense anyway because the only "pretend converts" that can do any damage to the Church would need to be ordained.  As a laywoman, your best bet is to fully embrace Our Lord and Our Lady with all your heart, all your mind and all your soul.  

    See a Traditional Catholic Priest and arrange for a General Confession, this is a good way to clear the air and to clear your conscience.  If you have already done this, good.  

    Pray daily.


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    « Reply #10 on: May 11, 2015, 01:45:43 PM »
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  • She already does all of that. She attended an SSPX chapel for a while and still attends TLM exclusively. I don't think she needs us to tell her to go to Confession anymore than you or I need someone to tell us to go to Confession.


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    « Reply #11 on: May 11, 2015, 02:13:22 PM »
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    She already does all of that. She attended an SSPX chapel for a while and still attends TLM exclusively. I don't think she needs us to tell her to go to Confession anymore than you or I need someone to tell us to go to Confession.


    A little bit of fraternal correction is a good thing for all of us.  Since JayneK converted from Judaism, she should be especially cautious to not fall into any traps and I hope you are right, Wallflower, that she is already regularly attending the TLM.  

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    « Reply #12 on: May 11, 2015, 02:21:46 PM »
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    See a Traditional Catholic Priest and arrange for a General Confession, this is a good way to clear the air and to clear your conscience.  If you have already done this, good.  

    Pray daily.


    I did the St. Louis de Montfort Consecration to Mary this past Feast of the Annunciation.  The preparation for this includes a General Confession, so I did it then.  It was a powerful experience.  Pretty much everything involved in the consecration was powerful.

    And I wear a Brown Scapular so I have to do at least 5 decades of Rosary every day.

    I attend the TLM every Sunday and can usually manage a few weekdays as well.

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    « Reply #13 on: May 11, 2015, 02:31:59 PM »
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    She already does all of that. She attended an SSPX chapel for a while and still attends TLM exclusively. I don't think she needs us to tell her to go to Confession anymore than you or I need someone to tell us to go to Confession.


    Lately, I usually attend a diocesan TLM on Sundays (occasionally SSPX) and SSPX on weekdays several days a week.  I try to get to Confession once a month, so I don't depend on someone telling me to go.  But it is still good advice and a good reminder of how important Confession is.  

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    « Reply #14 on: May 11, 2015, 04:24:52 PM »
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  • This is all good to hear, Jayne!  

    God bless!

    I would also add that hanging a nice picture of the Sacred Heart in a central location of your home is a good devotional practice.  I will post a few good pics later on.

     

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