Thursday, October 11, 2012

My Anniversary

The Holy Father has declared today, October 11, 2012, the first day of the "Year of Faith" but for me it's much more special than that- today is the 9th anniversary of me being fully Catholic. I'm thankful for my abnormal confirmation date (most people come into communion with the Church at Easter but I'm a rare exception) because it's in the month of the Rosary (October) and was in the year of the Rosary(which ended at the close of October 2003). Just recently I consecrated myself to Jesus through Mary on the feast of Our Lady of the most holy Rosary(October 7th). I was made to be a mamma's boy! That is why I feel called to spread devotion to the Rosary and why I feel called to the P.O.R.N. Militia.
I have grown and seen a lot over these last nine (Catholic) years:
  • I've witnessed the death of a charismatic pope and the election of a scholarly pope
  • I've gotten to experience the Sacrament of matrimony
  • I've sponsored 4 people as they became fully Catholic
  • I started teaching R.C.I.A.
  • I started receiving the Eucharist on the tongue
  • I've been blessed to battle infertility with my wife- and as a result have learned true sexuality and  NFP (Natural Family Planning)
  • I've fallen many times, but have gotten TOTAL forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • I've seen the translation of the liturgy change
  • I've become a God-Father to 3 wonderful baptized babies.
  • I've attended several A.C.T.S. retreats
  • I've started receiving the Eucharist while kneeling
  • I've lost a job
  • I've gotten to experience the Mass in Latin
  • I found out that my Bible was missing books
  • I've met wonderful patron saints: Fulton Sheen, Francis De Sales, Josemaria Escriva
  • I've found a new more God friendly job
  • I've lost friends because of my faith
  • I've started a blog
  • I've fallen more in love with C.S. Lewis as a Catholic than when I was a Protestant 
  • I've gained brothers and sisters because of my faith
  • I prayed a the abortion clinic and worked at the soup kitchen
  • I helped lead Life Teen 
  • I lost my mother
  • I accepted Mary as my personal spiritual mother
May this Year of Faith be a blessing to you all!


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