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 Post subject: Catholic Jew? Oy Vey!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:49 am 
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Hi Everyone,

I too, as another person on this forum, will be boarding the RCIA train this Fall and I'm very excited!

I am Jewish and I connect with the Jewish community locally by attending ocassional services and holiday events. I love studying Torah (the 'Old Testament'), Talmud (Jewish law), and Hebrew. I am facinated by Jewish history, Rabbinical scholarly debate, holidays, and laws etc. I fill my intellect with that knowledge. But, what is missing for me in the Jewish arena, is a strong spiritual connection. Don't get me wrong. Prayer with God moves me, but I don't feel full of God's spirit like I see happens with my Christian friends.

So I asked myself: Am I missing something? Have the Christians got it right about Jesus being the foretold Messiah?

That led me to reading books about Jews who have converted to Catholocism. I wanted to see what their experiences were. Then, I read books about Christians who converted to Catholocism. Then I read about Maximillian Kolbe who died in Auschwitz in the place of a Jew. The more I read, the more fascinated and intrigued I became with the Catholic Religion.

To be clear, the reason that I chose Catholocism over other Christian religions was:

Catholocism is the oldest Christian Religion so it seems to me that Catholocism flowed from Judaism.
Catholics and Jews use ritual prayer to foster a type of meditational connection with God.
Catholics and Jews use their Sabbath services primarily for prayer with minimal 'preaching' to the congregation.
Priests wear zucchettos. Rabbis wears Kippahs. (Toe-may-toe, Toe-mah-toe) They're both skull caps.

Need I go on? You get my drift. Catholocism has the strongest history and theology of any Christian religion that I've looked into. If I'm going to convert, I want to do it right and that's means Catholic for me.

I am already devouring Catholic books and magazine articles, surfing catholic forums, and praying to God for guidance. I will be taking the RCIA classes in the fall at the beautiful Basilica of Sts. Peters and Paul in Chattanooga.

Here's a link to a beautiful mini-tour of the Basilica.
https://youtu.be/WWCgENoRwrc

I'm very excited about this new journey in my life!

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic Jew? Oy Vey!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 4:24 pm 
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Shalom, my friend! :wave

You will find many worthwhile church writings, but may I be so bold as to recommend that you read Essential Writings of St. Edith Stein? https://www.amazon.com/Edith-Stein-Essential-Writings-Spiritual/dp/1570754284

Many Catholic converts find it helpful to identify with someone who's had a similar faith jouney. A lot of times Matthew Kelley, Jennifer Fulwiler, or the founder of this board, Steve Ray's books about their faith journey are recommended. Being so new to the faith, I thought you might not be aware of this brave and faithful martyr and her brief but remarkable life.

And no question is too basic or too outlandish. Many of us (myself included) are converts. We've "been there, and done that." We're here for you!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 5:26 pm 
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Thank you all for your warm welcomes!

Mrs Timmy, thank you for the book selection. I will check it out today.

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:wave Hi, AbigailSaintMichael! Welcome to the board.

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