Our Roman Roads

Ultimately, social media is a man-made tool, our modern Roman roads. It can be used by the likes of Bishop Barron to reach those who might otherwise never know of Jesus. It can also be used by ISIS to broadcast hideous beheading videos. Its creators can ban users as they see fit, even for highly prejudiced or nefarious reasons. And you and I find out about those bans – you guessed it – on social media.

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Feminist Approved

When I started researching the sympto-thermal method (the one my friend was using in her marriage), it didn’t take me long to understand that this method was NOT the rhythm method, and that it COULD be effective. And NFP was more in line with my feminism than birth control anyway. After that, I understood that Catholic feminism was more in line with my values after all – in all areas of faith and life.

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Homecoming

I always like to think my whole life and relationship with Our Lord was building to my conversion. Truly no detail was insignificant. I had a solid faith foundation being raised in a devout Christian home and being surrounded by people who loved Jesus and the Gospel. I just always had a sense that there was something more, and while I never purposefully went out looking for it, and there was never a desire to reject my upbringing I was simply hungry and waiting for Jesus to reveal Himself more fully.

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So Worth the Wait

From Genie Shaw: My love for the Church was nurtured more and more as I learned about church history and the liturgical year in the Christian education class (the equivalent of RCIA) at our parish. But the reformation, especially the teachings of Luther and Calvin that some parishioners believed, never sat right with me. Also the lack of what I soon learned to be the Magisterium was a great void.

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Led by Love

From Bonnie Way: When I got back from Australia, I went for coffee with my Catholic friend and finally asked him for his conversion story. He said what had ultimately attracted him to the Church was the Eucharist: “If that’s where God is, then that’s where I want to be.” That awakened a hunger in me because that was what I’d experienced in Australia — this desire to be where God is. We kept talking about faith and began dating.

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