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HOW A BUMPER STICKER CHANGED MY LIFE
I was born and raised Catholic and to this day I consider it the greatest gift that my parents have entrusted me with from birth. Not that I have always viewed my faith in this light, but now thanks to the grace of God I have a true understanding, love and appreciation for my faith. That is my position today, to really get the full force you need to understand what brought me to such a revelation and appreciation.
To preface, let me just state that my parents did an excellent job in raising me and my brothers, of course they were not perfect, but they did the best job of their ability. And we sure didn't make matters easy for them; I guess it never is when raising six boys! I guess you can say that my parents held to the standard in Proverbs, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" Proverbs 22:6. My parents entrusted me with the essentials of the Catholic faith and it was then up to me to put them into practice and safeguard them. And that was the failure on my part, and what brings me to this point in my re-conversion story.
Anyways, as I already mentioned my parents raised us Catholic, but after my brothers and I reached the maturity (or lack thereof) it was then up to us to carry on the faith and to put it into practice, we after all have free will and are able to make our own decisions. So I began slipping away towards my later years of high school. I began associating with the wrong crowd, listening to debased rock and rap music, going to parties with friends, watching immoral movies, spewing obscenities and being outright disrespectful of my parents and other authorities; is there really any question why or how I rapidly began to lose my faith. I was headed for a disaster if left to my own means or guided by those just as confused as myself, thanks a lot "friends". Anyone who knew me at that time (6-8 years ago) would readily agree that I am a totally different person today, than I was then. So you may be tempted to ask, if my parents raised me in the faith, what happened that caused me to falter in it? To give a short answer to that question; SIN. Sin is what caused me to abandon with sinful actions and fall in to the grasp of moral relativism where I no longer saw the problem with sinful actions, thoughts or views, but rather following the belief of the status quo, everyone else is doing it so it must be okay, and that is where you try and find comfort when you are living in such a way. It was a gradual digression in that I didn't just wake up one morning and quit practicing my faith, it was a rather a :slow fade" in which I allowed unrepentant sin to accumulate and slowly my standards began to disappear completely. Within a short amount of time things that I never would have dreamed about doing years before I was doing without even giving a second thought to. I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW LOST I WAS AT THAT POINT IN MY LIFE! There was a serious void in my heart and no matter what attempts I made to fill the emptiness (partying, drinking, music, working out, girlfriends, entertainment, etc.) it only left me feeling even emptier. Looking back, those few years were hands down the lowest part of my life. I WAS MISERABLE. Nothing this world had to offer could seem to fill my need for happiness, it was all fleeting. As St. Augustine rightly states, "You have created us for yourself, O Lord. And our heart is restless until it rests in you". Anyone who is in the position will be able to relate what I just said.
Once I met my future wife my life began to take a turn in the right direction, but there was still plenty of sins I was unwilling to give up. As my future wife and I grew in our relationship she began to take an interest in the faith of my family and started calling me on not practicing my faith and why I no longer attended Mass. So, I began once again attending Mass (although I still didn't have an apperception for the faith, I did it more as an obligation) and fortunately when I was attending Mass at this time I knew enough to not receive the Holy Eucharist in the state in which I was in; unconfessed mortal sin. So there was a glimmer of light here but not enough to bring me to a full-fledged conversion of heart. My fiancé began learning and went through the RCIA process and became Catholic, but at that point she as well as I was not serious about our faith.
Without going into all of the details once we were engaged and preparing for marriage I began to open my heart and really ask some sincere heartfelt questions. Then the true turning came one day, It was about two months prior to our marriage and I was driving to work as was my usual routine and on the car in front of me I happened to notice a bumper sticker that read, "1060 AM Catholic Radio The Truth for Northeast Ohio". I remember as if it were yesterday because to this day that bumper sticker is displayed on my car. So anyways I remember thinking to myself, 'I never knew there was a Catholic station, I wonder what THEY have to say'. It was purely out of curiosity that drew me into listening. And once I began listening I couldn't stop because I began to recognize the truths of my faith, and a lot of questions I once had began dissolving; things began making sense. And I began listening daily. At this point I still didn't tell my fiancé' out of fear what she would think, that I was some religious freak or something, but I think she was aware that I was changing from the inside-out. I was truly beginning to open my heart to the truth and allow God's grace to be re-activated in my soul. After a couple weeks of listening daily I had the strong conviction that I needed to "come home" to the Church. It had probably been 4 years since I received Holy Communion and I needed to do so worthily as stated in (1 Corinthians 11:27-32)
My fiancé and I began to talk about faith related matters and really experienced a spiritual connection. We both knew we needed to change the way we were living and make a true commitment to Christ. So it was the night or eve of our wedding that we took the final step in coming back to the Church and a commitment to turn our lives around. That night we both went to the Sacrament of Confession and her and I (by the grace of God) completely erased all of the baggage and accumulated sin that had strangled the life out or my soul. After that Confession I was spiritually restored to life and I was finally able to clearly and spiritually prepare for the greatest commitment of my life, awaiting me the very next morning. What an immense peace that was to experience Christ's forgiveness for years of sinful living. We wed the very next day in the presence of Christ, our family and friends and were once again able to partake of the Blessed Sacrament and a momentous day to finally do so.
But that's not where the story ends, but only begins. Like I previously said, it was after confession that I was able to clearly "see" again. I knew the NEED to live my faith. Shortly after our first child was born, and being a new father the need to take my faith seriously was becoming increasingly apparent. I began taking little steps to grow in my faith, I began watching EWTN and studying on the internet, going to Eucharistic adoration, reading the bible and of course listening to Catholic radio daily. I found myself yearning for more. I not only needed to know my faith to be able to hand it on to my children, I needed to know it for my own well being. And I deeply desired to obtain greater knowledge of my faith.
Today I have been back to the Church for over 5 years. I have learned so much and yet realize I have so much more to learn. I have been so abundantly blessed by God. I have a wonderful wife with whom we currently have three beautiful children, another on the way and love every day of life together. I could never imagine my life any other way; and quite frankly, wouldn't want to. I owe everything to the mercy and grace of God and how He has worked in my life. It is really quite amazing to think about the providential ways in which God places people (or cars with bumper stickers on them) in your life which can have life altering, fruit bearing results. I sometimes think about where I would be today had I not had this providential encounter, one can only speculate, but given the direction my life was taking, my path was less than promising, to say the least. And that is why I am so immensely grateful to Catholic radio, and am such a strong promoter of it. Since it is such a huge part of my life I often wonder how anyone could learn or grow in their faith without it. It has helped me to understand my faith and in turn go forth and share it with others. I carry 1060 business cards along with me every day and whenever I am given the opportunity to evangelize co-workers, friends, or others after a conversation I will leave them with a card and write specific show recommendations on the back. I mail 1060 cards along with my bill payments, I have links to Living Bread radio on sites such as MySpace, and use my profile to help friends and others see the truths about our faith (I actually edited this essay, it was originally written as my conversion story and posted as a blog for others to read, and God-willing to inspire to come home). I esteem to never exhaust the techniques or creative ways to inform others as to the blessing of Catholic radio; quite simply because it changed my life, and through the working of the Holy Spirit it can change others!
Now I teach 8th grade PSR at our parish, and I eventually would like to have a degree in theology in order to teach at most likely the high school level or in some other ministry. I just have a passion for reaching out to the youth (or any for that means) and helping them to realize the faith is relevant and is necessary and it is ultimately FULFILLING! There really is nothing that can replace the presence of God in your life. I hope that my return to my faith may be helpful to you and I hope that you too will open your heart to the calling of Jesus in your life. If there is anything I can share or anyway I can help, please feel free to contact me, I would be so grateful to help in whatever way I can. Thank you for allowing me to share this with you and may God Bless you!
Yours in Christ,
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