You know how it is. You always forget or miss an important part of the message you want to convey when you talk publicly. Well, that happened to me this morning. Soon after the interview ended, I realized I did not bring out my Before & After Conversion/Reversion snippets. Then I remembered I have a blog! Thanks be to God.
Here they are. God truly works wonders.
After I had the Faith, I went to, and continue to go to, Eucharistic Adoration for an End to All Abortion.
Before I had the Faith, I shouted for the right to have an abortion if that is what I wanted.
After I had the Faith, I founded and held the St. Gerard Walkathon five times to raise $17,000 to help pregnant girls and women in need. The money went to a local shelter for women facing crisis pregnancies and to the local Birthright crisis pregnancy counseling center.
Before I had the Faith, and I was growing up, I made fun of my aunt and uncle for their display of Christian items in their home.
After I had the Faith, I display many of the same items in my home, such that when the furniture delivery man dropped off an end table, he asked me if I was a Catholic Sister.
Before I had the Faith, I shunned the Pope for what I perceived to be his controlling and oppressive authority.After I had the Faith, I breathe a sigh of relief that the Pope is guiding me and the whole Church in a trustworthy fashion founded on Jesus Christ. I do not have to figure everything out myself anymore, which was certainly not trustworthy.
Before I had the Faith, I could not integrate and move on after my father's suicide.After I had the Faith, I pray for the salvation of his soul, I visit his grave site, and now, I am writing a book about my experiences with that aspect of my life.
Before I had the Faith, I believed women should have the opportunity to become priests.
After I had the Faith, I wrote a newspaper and magazine article entitled, A Woman In Support of the All-Male Priesthood.
Before I had the Faith, I shouted for my right to have premarital sex and to use artificial contraception.
After I had the Faith, I wrote about living a life of chastity before marriage, as well as within marriage. It does not include artifical contraception, but suggests Natural Family Planning via the Crieghton Model FertilityCare System.
Before I had the Faith, I complained about having to go to Mass and I even stopped going.
After I had the Faith, I go regularly to Sunday Mass, I also go to Daily Mass when I can, and, I attend the Eastern Catholic Melkite Sunday Divine Liturgy and other services as well. God is so good. I love all of Catholicism, East and West.
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