As a child, I was raised in church.  My mom went every Sunday morning, and often times Sunday evening and Wednesday nights.  I was taken with her to every church service she went to, so going to church was pretty “everyday” for me.  As I got older, there were some teachings that were brought up that I didn’t necessarily agree with, and as time passed, I became more and more disillusioned with the church we went to, and with organized religion overall.

As time passed, and I’d been away from our church for a number of years, I began to feel as though something was missing from my life.  I’d hear friends talk about their relationship with God and feel as though I wanted that as well.  I wanted the sense of community that a lot of people have with the other members in their church, as well as the sense of peace that came along with knowing what you believed in.  But, the timing never felt right, and I never really took it beyond thinking about how having that relationship would be nice.

Lately, I’ve been feeling the pull more.  I’ve been talking with some of my friends who already have found this place in their lives and are comfortable discussing religion with me (and answering my six billion questions), and I’ve been really appreciative.  I’ve been to a few Catholic churches before, and I’ve always felt very comfortable there, so I think I am going to go “check it out” (so to speak).  I’ve emailed the church to ask if they have any sessions for people who are interested in learning more, and I was told they hold sessions on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm.  Unfortunately, I can’t go this week, as I’ll be returning from travel in North Carolina, but I’m hoping to make next week’s meeting to sort of test the waters.

Any of you out there experience this in your life?  I’m always curios to hear more!

Much love,

5 thoughts on “Searching…

  1. I grew up going to Catholic school for 13 years and it pretty well cured me of any desire to seek our religion. I hope your experience with the church is better and you find what you are looking for! I always wished (and actually prayed) to believe in god (during recovery and in AA) but it just doesn’t work for me. I’m curious, what kind of questions have you been asking friends?

    • Basic questions of catholic belief. Sort of “so…tell me what Catholics believe about X and Y.” And just sort of questions about the overall structure of the church and worship. I really just wanted to know how it differs from Protestantism and how it’s similar. Stuff like that.

  2. I was just about to write a very similar post to this! I have felt that my life lacks in some way, lately and so am trying to find it in me to start believing again. It’s proving to be a bit more challenging than I thought…

  3. I was raised in the Catholic church. I almost felt forced to go to CCD (Catholic Christian Doctrine). I am almost jealous of the people who go to RCIA (right of Catholic Initiation of Adults). They tend to be more involved and seem to have a deeper connection to the church than those of us who were raised in the church. At least that has been my experience. When I was a young adult, I kind of grew away from the Catholic Church. When I met my husband, he invited me to go to his church, which is Baptist. And, honestly, I feel more connected there than I do the Catholic church. But, this is not because of the Catholic church teaching, this is because his church has so many adult fellowship opportunities and so many more available children’s activities other than CCD. To find a Catholic church here in the South that has things outside of mass and CCD is very rare, and I haven’t found one where I live yet. So, I continue to go to his church, but will have my children receive their Catholic sacraments because my parents are still alive and it means a lot to them.

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