You want to become Catholic??? But wait a minute….you’re black.

I’ve heard that (or some variation of it) for a while.  Someone is always surprised that I would convert to Catholicism because I am black (and I live in the South deep in the bible belt). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_Belt

What they don’t know is I was introduced to Catholicism by my husband.  He is a cradle Catholic and he’s black (shocking, I know.)  His mom converted before he was born.  He fell away from the Church for a while and ironically, when he was away from the Church was when we got married.

About a year after we were married, I committed my life to Christ (got saved; became born-again; whatever you want to call it) and I started attending a non-denominational church.

[Just a little backstory: I’ve attended church all of my life – my mom grew up in the church – so church was no surprise to me. I’ve attended Holiness, African Methodist Episcopal (AME), and non-denominational churches throughout my childhood.  I was baptized in my mom’s childhood church when I was a baby. The church I attended before I was born-again was a predominantly black non-denominational church that acted much like a pentecostal or holiness church.  After I became a true server of Christ, I began to search for another church – all of the hooping and hollering and running around the church and “catching the Holy Ghost” wasn’t me (not saying anything is wrong with that.) Every time something like that would happen in church, I would sit quietly amongst all of the chaos and just pray. I just didn’t seem to fit there, so I went searching…]

I ended up in a really nice non-denominational church that was mixed, culturally – White, Black, Asian, Filipino, Latino, etc. all attended that church.  I loved it for the first couple of years, but something started to bother me. That church did not celebrate communion in a way that, I thought, Jesus commanded it.  It was more of an afterthought – it was done at the same time as the collection of the offering and it was optional. It was not done as an entire church.  So, I went searching again…

To make a long story as short as possible, I visited several churches including Lutheran, Episcopal, and Catholic churches.  At first, I did not like the Catholic Church. I didn’t feel the Holy Spirit there during the mass.  I really like the episcopal service, because of open communion and the movement of the Holy Spirit – BUT, I did not like some of their decisions of late – the openly gay bishop and the women priests (yes, I said it! Maybe in another post, I will explain my belief on this.)

Anyway, some time went by (maybe a year) and I was still attending my non-denom church. But I knew I couldn’t stay there.  Well, it was at this time where God planted a seed in my heart for the Catholic Church…

…to be continued…

-Part 2 of this story will be in my next post.-

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