On January 20th I was confirmed by Bishop Coyle. No longer am I in a state of reconciliation with the Roman Catholic Church; I am reconciled. Catholic. Sealed by the Holy Spirit, chrismed with the name of Saint Jude, and permitted access to the holy Eucharist. No longer Protestant, but reconciled to Mother Church and granted access to the fullness of our Faith and Practice.
I feel different…free.
Free from conmen and novelty. Free from sects who are nothing more than a law unto themselves. Free to meet with God unhindered and unveiled. I am welcomed freely to come to the Altar.
I feel as if I have been given new life. No need to keep running away from a cult whose hands have been around my throat for too many years, for I am part of something much bigger than I. Something that does not need me to defend it, or come to its rescue, for it stands as it always has for over a thousand years.
I thank God for this place; for guiding me to where I can gather with the saints -living and long passed, the angels, and Mother Mary to worship Christ our Lord. And for the first time, I don’t feel alone.
Thanks be to God.