I am what is known as a “revert” to the Catholic Church. That is a person who was raised Catholic, but then practiced in another Christian faith tradition and then returned home to the Catholic faith.
I was raised in the Catholic faith, attended weekly Mass with my family, recieved the saraments of baptism, reconciliation, first eucharist. I went to CCD classes and then recieved the sacrament of confirmation at the end of 8th grade. Toward the end of High School, my mass attendance started to drop. Later, I then met my wife and eventually we were married in the Catholic Church. She had been baptized in the Catholic Church, but as a small child, her parents started attending the Southern Baptist denomination. A couple of years after our first child was baptized in the Church, we were invited to worship at a large Southern Baptist Church and eventually became practicing members. It was at this point in my life that God started to send me on the path to where I am at today.
While attending the Baptist Church, I started to actually study the Word of God in Sacred Scripture. Through my study, prayer and reflection on Scripture, my love for Jesus grew deeper and deeper. My relationship with the Lord allowed me to start to turn my whole life over to him and to seek what He wanted for my life, instead of what I wanted. Then, all the things that I had learned through my Catholic upbringing began to surface. My Baptist Men’s Bible Study group couldn’t answer all the questions that I started to raise about key aspects of belief. So, I started to investigate on my own; and, it all started to make perfect sense. The Eucharist, our Lord’s Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, along with knowing the Catholic Church is the true visible Body of Christ, called me back home. I am sure if I had connected the meaning behind what I professed to believe as a Catholic growing up, I would have never ventured from it. After coming back, my wife converted to the faith and our family has been worshipping in the Church ever since.