Why I Became Catholic (and Not Buddhist)

One of the questions I get most often when people hear I’m a convert is, “Why did you choose to become Catholic?” I’ve been asked this question by Jews, Baptists, Mormons, atheists, and even Jehovah’s Witnesses. The person who asks the question never says the rest of it, which is, “Why did you choose to become a Catholic INSTEAD of what I am?” These are people of genuine faith, who believe they have found and are living by The Truth. So naturally they want to understand how someone educated and sane could believe so differently.

It’s always a hard question to answer, because I’m sensitive to that unspoken part. I don’t want to insinuate–even accidentally–that they are less intelligent, less holy, or inferior to me as a Catholic. I usually give the “safe” answer, and talk about how my husband and I were drawn continuously to Jesus in the Eucharist. But part of me always yearns to say what G.K. Chesterton said so beautifully:

The difficulty of explaining “why I am Catholic” is that there are 10,000

reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.

I never wanted to be a Catholic. I never even wanted to be a Christian. When my husband convinced me to join him on a quest through major and minor religions nearly 15 years ago, I did it mostly to humor him. I had lived as an avowed atheist for more than a decade and couldn’t imagine that The Truth even existed, much less it could be found. Especially when I couldn’t even accept that God was real.

Fortunately, God literally changed my mind about Him with a thunderbolt. One day, I was reading an article about the human genome project (I was a technical writer), when I was drawn to look at my own hand. What had before been a clever machine of flesh and bone was suddenly revealed to me as a pure miracle of creation. It was truly that instant; one second I was an atheist, and the next I was a believer. I knew with absolute certainty that only an intelligent designer–God–could have created something as incredible as me!

But accepting God’s existence didn’t solve anything; in fact, it created new problems. I’ve had friends who are Deists, who believe God created the universe (including humanity) and then left it alone…much like a clockmaker might create a masterful clock he sets into motion and then ignores. To me, it was simply unthinkable that God would create the glorious universe–including all the amazing people such as my husband–and then just walk away. I realized that the beauty that had brought tears to my eyes even as an atheist could only be interpreted as the uniquely personal stamp of a loving God who delighted in His creation. If God created the majestic earth, gave us the joy of music, and gave me the mind to appreciate it, then it made no sense that he’d create all that just to turn His back on it.

So my agnostic husband and I started questioning the people who claimed to know something about God: the believers. All believers. Every time we encountered someone of faith, we invited them to dinner and then respectfully grilled them on their beliefs. We visited their churches and temples, went to services with them, and read ad nauseum about what and why they believed and how they lived out their beliefs.

I wanted to be cool, but God made me Catholic instead. Le sigh.

We were initially most attracted to Buddhism, no doubt because its adoption by prominent Hollywood celebrities made it a “cool” religion. But despite our best efforts, we just couldn’t accept that Buddhism was true. For one, we found it too morally fuzzy. We had both come around to the pro-life position a few years earlier; even as an atheist I could see it was a human rights issue. So we were disturbed to hear a Buddhist woman who claimed to respect all life describe assisting in an abortion.

When we talked to Buddhists about morality, their answers were relativistic: “It’s only wrong if it’s wrong for YOU.” This never set well with us; either abortion is wrong in all cases because it takes a human life or it’s never wrong. The idea of basing the morality of an action on whether I want it to be right or wrong just seemed ridiculously self-serving. We shuddered to imagine a world where people get to decide for themselves whether lying, stealing, or killing are right or wrong.

There also was the problem of access. When the local Buddhist temple brought in a Buddhist master for a few days, the temple charged several hundred dollars for a guided retreat. While the temple likely would not have turned away a person who couldn’t afford to pay, the wisdom of their living saints ordinarily came with a hefty price tag. My husband simply couldn’t accept this. “So the poor get Truth at the charity of the wealthy?” he asked. This became an insurmountable barrier to him.

For me, it was what Buddhism said was our ultimate destiny that proved the real stumbling block. The end goal of Buddhism is extermination of the self, to annihilate your consciousness by entering “Nirvana.” You’re reincarnated again and again until you learn to eliminate all desire from your soul, at which point your “consciousness” diffuses and becomes one with the universe. Unlike in Christianity, where the goal is union with God (but you are still, in essence, an individual named Susan or Richard), Buddhism’s goal is to destroy the self.

When I considered the people I loved, I found it terrifying to think that what makes them who they truly are–the soul–would just disappear. As atheist convert Jeff Miller (the Curt Jester) said in his conversion story, “Facing death, I found that I did not really believe that if I had been killed that my existence would have winked out of the universe. The soul is not just some metaphysical idea.” Even for myself, I could never understand how spiritual extermination was a palatable goal.

My coffee addiction would have caused serious problems for me as a Mormon.

So we stopped going to Buddhist temples and asking Buddhists to dinner. And it was nice, because I could now serve meat to our guests again. But it was actually a Mormon who made us realize Jesus of Nazareth was the key. One night we had dinner with a faithful Mormon family. The father spoke about Jesus so tenderly that his love for Him was almost palpable.

I can only describe what happened to both my husband and I at that dinner as “Love testified to The Truth.” We knew that Jesus was not just real, but that He was–inexplicably–ALIVE and that this man had a relationship with Him. It was like reading about Abraham Lincoln your whole life and finding out he was actually still alive. And that there were people among you who were friends with him!

While we were strongly attracted to the Church of Latter Day Saints because of its emphasis on family values and strong sense of community, we’d done enough research to know we did not accept Joseph Smith’s claim to divine authority. So we went looking for Jesus in the only other place we’d seen His friends congregate: Protestant churches.

Why not the Catholic churches? Because most Catholics we knew believed more in Luke Skywalker than Jesus. Even those who participated externally in the faith, such as the coworker who went to Mass each week and never failed to show up with her annual ashen cross, told me she didn’t need to believe “all that stuff about Jesus” to be Catholic. “I just like the idea that God came down to live with us,” she said. “But I don’t care whether it actually happened.”

We knew just two young Catholics who practiced their faith, but their quiet reverence was eclipsed by the Protestants we knew, who unabashedly talked about their love for Jesus and whose churches were vibrant and welcoming. When you showed up at their services, they were on you like white on rice and never failed to invite you to their spiritual family. We’d attended several Catholic Masses to learn more about Catholicism, but we’d never once been approached by a welcoming Catholic. In fact, when we’d asked one priest if he’d meet with us to answer questions about the faith, he gruffly told us, “Call the diocese.” Catholics seemed to worship more as individuals, even in Mass.

I’ll never forget our first Easter in a Christian church. We attended Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia, an on-fire congregation that has since left the Episcopal Church. The line to get in wrapped around the block, with so many children you’d swear there was an orphanage on grounds. In front of us, a little boy played with action figures. Not of wrestlers or superheros, but of Jesus and the apostles. When the priest entered the church and processed down the aisle shouting, “Christ is risen!” the place erupted with so much excitement you felt like you were at a rock concert. These were people truly joyful to be Christian.

But for us, it wasn’t just about which group of believers impressed us. After all, we had been most impressed by the Mormons, but the teachings of Mormonism were a showstopper. The same thing happened with Protestantism. We’d call up churches and ask the pastor to meet for lunch. We’d meet, interview him about the church’s beliefs, then attend services the following Sunday. And we just could not accept that everyone gets to discern for himself what the truth is in the Bible. Everyone claimed their church was “Biblically-based,” yet every one taught something different. Even within the same traditions: Episcopalian Pastor A told us that abortion was always wrong while Episcopalian Pastor B told us it was sometimes acceptable. So remarriage is wrong in this church but not in that church? Women can be priests here but not there?

How can the Holy Spirit be leading so many people to different and even conflicting truths?

The more we read about Christian history, the more we realized that Protestant churches had changed “The Truth” to whatever was culturally acceptable at the time. Far from being immutable, Protestantism teachings were only true for as long as the congregants said they were. And if Truth really existed, we intuitively knew it wasn’t decided by committee.

That’s when we began seriously researching the teachings of the Catholic Church and discovered that the teachings of Catholicism today are the same as taught by the earliest Christians. We read that early Catholics—people who lived just a century or two after Jesus—believed in the Eucharist as the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus. They believed in infant baptism. They believed in Confession. Purgatory. Hell. They were against abortion and yes, even contraception. That the Bible canon was compiled because the books supported the oral traditions of the Church and not the other way around.

For us, it was the historical consistency of the Catholic Church—that the teachings are the same today as they were in the first centuries after Christ—that led us to it despite the poor experiences we’d had with individual Catholics. We believed firmly in objective truth: that was what morally true thousands of years ago for humanity is still true today. If the nature of marriage and sex made contraception wrong 2,000 years ago, then it’s still wrong, because the essential nature of sex and marriage is the same.

So Catholicism is true after all. Crap.

It’s one thing to intellectually accept a religious institution has divine authority. It’s another thing to live that out. We’d decided at the beginning of our quest, though, that if we ever found Truth, we intended to live by it. Integrity, for some strange reason, was critically important to us both. If Buddhism was true, then we’d shave our heads and wear robes to work. If Mormonism was true, we’d give up coffee and Coke and wear sacred underwear. Probably even move to Utah.

But then there was Catholicism…and we realized that being faithful to Catholic teachings was the hardest path to follow as far as religions go. The bar is set very, very high for a person who wants to be a genuine Catholic—it’s not that there are so many rules about what you can’t do, but the call to holiness in Catholicism demands more of you spiritually than any other faith. C.S. Lewis called this the “weight of glory.” Were we ready to never tell a lie again? To avoid gossiping? To attend Mass every weekend after years of sleeping in? To eschew contraception for NFP even when we didn’t want to abstain?

By the time we were done RCIA, we were beating down the doors to become members of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.

We realized that if we believed the Church spoke with the voice of Christ—and we did—then we had to submit to all her teachings, not just the ones we found convenient or easy. We realized that if we decided, for example, the Church was wrong about remarriage, then we were undermining the Real Presence. If the Church is wrong about contraception, then how can we have faith it’s right about baptism taking away sin or about God or even heaven? We had rejected, over and over, faiths that taught we could define morality on our own. But with that Truth facing us, it was a frightening prospect to submit our whole lives to it.

In the end, we did. We became Catholic together, surrendering our wills to the Church because we knew it was the same as surrendering them to Christ. That alone made it possible for us to accept all the teachings of Catholicism. And all along this hard road to sanctification, we’ve relied on our love for Him–and more importantly, His love for us–to live out the gift of faith He gave us.

Some people are amazed we were so resolute in our search for truth. But really, we did not choose Him–He chose us. Like Aslan in The Horse and His Boy, Jesus was there the entire time, nudging us this way and that, ensuring we had the grace to find the truth, accept it, and live by it.

Thank you, Jesus, for loving me even in my sin and for calling me home to You. What a gift it is to be Catholic!

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About Misty

Misty converted to Catholicism from atheism 10 years ago, just a week after becoming a mother to her first child. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, she worked full-time as a magazine writer and editor. She has been married to her best friend for nearly 15 years and looks forward to many more decades by his side. Her days are now spent cooking, doing laundry, freelance writing, and homeschooling her four children. After spending so much of her life in spiritual darkness, she revels in the joy of being Catholic. Without a doubt, the Lord’s greatest gift to her has been saving her from a life without Him.

May 17, 2012 - 3:56 am

Susan Parker - Misty, I relate to this post and like it more than any other one posted by Catholic Sisters. I went around the block to get to here also. I am so glad you got home, and for me too.

May 17, 2012 - 6:39 am

Adrienne - Thanks for the post, Misty! Although I’m a cradle Catholic, much of your journey resonates with me because I too went through many of the same thought processes as I figured out the answer to, “Why I am Catholic”. I love that amongst all of the thousands of Catholic conversion stories out there, the answers for “Why I am Catholic” always boil down to the same answers, summed up as you said, “Catholicism is true after all.” My Saturday post “Statements of Faith vs I’m Catholic” dovetails with a section of your article, the question of whether truth is individually discerned or universally taught? It is a critical question to ask and answer in the search for truth!

I love your journey and how committed to truth you two were! Few people would have been committed enough to invite so many guests into their homes or to have done so much research into all of those different faiths. I don’t think anyone can rightly accuse you of making an uninformed commitment! Thanks again for sharing!
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May 17, 2012 - 7:07 am

Gina Nakagawa - This is a truly beautiful story of a journey initiated by Jesus Himself and traveled by two determined searchers for the Truth that is Christ. I have been Catholic all my life, at times fallen, but He has picked me up and dusted me off and sent me back in the right direction. This journey should be undertaken by everyone just to remind themselves what a beautiful and valuable *Treasure* we have in the Catholic Faith, and that God is a Person who truly loves His wayward children. Many, many thanks.

May 17, 2012 - 12:01 pm

AnnMarie - Misty, you are so right! It’s not about the people…it’s about the TRUTH! Glad you and your husband made your way home :)

May 17, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Tiffany - Beautiful!

May 17, 2012 - 1:12 pm

Megan - Amazing conversion story! While it isn’t easy I’ve never felt more sure about my faith in my entire life! Thank you for sharing!!!

May 17, 2012 - 9:04 pm

Courtney - Loved this post! Catholicism is really not cool or trendy compared to the church down the street with its multimillion dollar facility, billboards, bands, etc etc etc. But it is a deep and reverent faith. It isn’t about an awesome worship band, a convicting preacher, study groups or how many fun activities a church can plan. Most of my friends are Evangelical Protestants, because that’s what I was for 20 years of my life (although I was baptized Catholic and received First Communion). A lot of those friends don’t know that I went back to the Church (for the same reasons as you), and in the coming weeks, I’m gonna have a lot of explaining to do. The truth is just overwhelmingly obvious for anybody who cares to find it, but it is also the hardest to accept for many!

May 18, 2012 - 5:01 am

Harry - It is so nice to read about your spiritual journey. I am also a Catholic, and I also had the same experiences as yours.
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May 18, 2012 - 7:52 pm

Laura - Misty, I’m new to this site, but I find that I consistently appreciate your writing and your thinking, whether it’s about your intellectual and spiritual journey to the church or your thoughts on the origins (and mistakes) of feminism. I’m in the academy (well, on the fringes right now while I have small kids) and recently recommitted to the church, so I appreciate the intellectual weight you bring to these issues. I look forward to following your writing. Blessings!

May 19, 2012 - 7:59 am

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May 19, 2012 - 10:22 am

Richard Collins - Thank you for this post, it is beautifully written and sets out the route to Catholicism, the only way, brilliantly.
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May 19, 2012 - 2:18 pm

stefanie - As a ‘re-vert’ to Catholicism and currently, as the RCIA director at our parish, I really appreciate your story because it ‘lines up’ with my own experience and those of the people who come to the Church.
You write of that experience much better than I could.
I tell everyone (who ask me how in the world could I believe all that Catholic stuff) that I am in the process of being ‘constantly converted to the truth’ of the one,holy,catholic, and apostolic Church. Always walking with my ancestors’ search for THE One to acknowledge and adore — while with one foot, stepping gingerly into the frontier.

May 19, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Wendell Clanton - “The difficulty of explaining “why I am Catholic” is that there are 10,000 reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.”


Thank you for a Truth-full and uplifting post.
- from a fellow convert.
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May 19, 2012 - 3:04 pm

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May 19, 2012 - 3:19 pm

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May 19, 2012 - 5:39 pm

Rachel - Wonderful post! Thank you so much for writing!

“The difficulty of explaining “why I am Catholic” is that there are 10,000 reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.”

Thank God for the Catholic Church and Jesus Christ! I just entered the Church this Easter Vigil, and the (fill-in-the-blank) questions:

“If God really is ____________, what should I do?”
Jesus Christ
In the Eucharist
Right in front of you
The author of the 10 Commandments, written with the finger of God
My best friend
My Father

really shaped my journey! I believe a true commitment to finding the Fullness of Truth will lead you to the front door of the Catholic Church! Getting “in” requires some perseverance and patience, but it is WELL worth it!

Let us pray for Unity, that all churches may be one!

May 19, 2012 - 7:00 pm

Megan - I am almost speechless after reading this. Your story is amazing and your dedication to the truth inspiring. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your testimony.

May 20, 2012 - 7:20 am

MPQ - Wonderful post, just wonderful.

May 20, 2012 - 1:09 pm

Allison - Hear, hear. From a fellow Alaskan and a fellow convert who studied and came in with her husband, also!

May 20, 2012 - 1:39 pm

Zuzana - +JMJ
Thank you Misty for your honest and most enlightening telling of your journey to the Catholic Church and the Faith in which we Baptize. I was baptized in the Methodist Church, earned a degree in Religious Studies, married a man who became an ELCA Lutheran pastor, raised our six children to adulthood… and then, because I could not deny the ever-growing, inner spiritual longing to become Catholic, was Confirmed into the Catholic Church in 2002. The chain reaction set into motion against me, because of my conversion, is too involved for this ‘Comment’. Simply let it be said that my husband, children and other family members and friends would never allow me to speak to why I became Catholic. It is only because of my ultimate belief that I have found TRUTH… and that this THRUTH, which I receive every Mass in the very Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ in the Holy Eucharist… is what sustains me in my isolation. BUT I am hopeful that your writing, because my children are interested in Buddhism, might be something which they might actually read… and, by the working of the Holy Spirit which was theirs at their baptism, they might come to understand me to the point of having conversation together. THANK YOU

May 20, 2012 - 3:29 pm

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May 20, 2012 - 4:43 pm

Daniel B - Beautiful!

May 20, 2012 - 9:15 pm

Imelda - Dear Misty,

u know, ur writings is one of the most writings I love about catholics. Ur writings give me new strength to face the reality.
And then that I should glad that my mam introduce me to catholic since I was 5 yrs old.

And though so many people are questioning my own faith, I will still be a catholic hopefully until my time to the Father. And let me say : Welcome home to u and ur husband. Hope that with ur testymony, many people would come home as well.

Best regards,


May 21, 2012 - 1:21 am

RX - Truly inspiring. As a cradle Catholic, this post gives me material to defend my faith.
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May 21, 2012 - 3:50 am

Dex - Welcome to the true Holy, Apostolic Church Misty. Although I am a Cradle Catholic, it is stories such as yours which give me all the more inspiration and affirmation that I am at the right place. I don’t condemn others but I pray for them to see the light.

May 21, 2012 - 9:46 am

David - So Catholicism is true after all. Crap.

Wonderful quote! That should be on a t-shirt, or one of those motivational posters! Great article, and thank you for sharing it.

May 21, 2012 - 10:55 am

Therese Z - David beat me to it. “So Catholicism is true after all. Crap.” – great way to describe that moment in the heart and mind!

May 21, 2012 - 11:53 am

Michael - I enjoyed reading this post, as I’ve enjoyed your other posts!

I can relate to this experience as well, although for me it was different. It was Mortimer J. Adler’s wording of the cosmological argument that got me to realizing that God existed–it’s still one of the best arguments for God’s existence that I know of, and I couldn’t find any counterarguments that refuted it successfully (most failed to understand what it was actually saying at all).

Then I found Peter Kreeft’s argument for the Resurrection, which took into account all other possible explanations for how Christianity exists, and that combined with C. S. Lewis’s “trilemma” about the identity of Jesus given His claims to divinity convinced me that Christianity was true.

As for why the Catholic Church, that was harder because I didn’t have enough information–I had enough to narrow it down to either the Catholic Church or the Eastern Orthodox Church but found it harder to choose between them. Indeed, I was often tempted to go with the Eastern Orthodox Church, but I never took steps towards conversion. But if I’d known then what I know now it would have been no contest at all.

In fact, I wasn’t even sure of which Church was the true Church when I went back to regular Sunday Mass a year and a half ago. And when I took confirmation classes I was determined to learn as much as I could about the faith, to make sure that I wasn’t making a mistake–and at one point I almost had a crisis of faith because I didn’t understand what Papal succession was. But I’m more convinced than ever before of the truth of Catholic Christianity and am grateful that Christ found me and that I responded to His call!

And bless you and your husband for doing the same!

May 21, 2012 - 1:31 pm

Jane Hartman - As a convert to Catholicism from Baptist/Anglicanism, this explains so beautifully the reasons why I am a Catholic. It’s all about “What is truth?” And the church, not just the Bible, has it. Thank you for this inspirational conversion story.

May 25, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Joseph Márquez - Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

May 25, 2012 - 6:06 pm

Mauro Miqueias - Amazing! i love our church.

June 6, 2012 - 10:29 am

Elli - Your testimony is one of the most inspiring testimonies I have had the pleasure of reading. I enjoy the humor that you bring along with it and hope that you seek to have your testimony written as a book, so that it might be a light to non-believers of the Catholic Faith and in Jesus Christ. I am so glad to have more sisters and brothers in faith and will keep you in my prayers.

God Bless and thank you.

June 11, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Jennifer Lade - Beautiful post and a great reminder to me why I have stayed Catholic after being raised in the faith. The only thing that made me sad was your experience with Catholics before your conversion. Now I’m thinking of how I never stop to introduce myself to newcomers after Mass, nor have I been especially open about my faith to my non-practicing friends. Of course, your diligent search for the truth and God’s grace led you to Catholicism just the same. But I’m sure God would be pleased if we Catholics helped nudge people along with a welcoming attitude and willingness to share our faith.

June 23, 2012 - 1:13 pm

julie - Misty,
I too am a convert. You have so beautifully put into words what I have never quite been able to. Thank you!

I am, however very sorry your early experiences with the Church were so negative. I have been extremely lucky to have found Church Families that have been welcoming to me.

July 3, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Ann - I am married to a sincere Buddhist. I cannot fathom how he could ever believe in trying to achieve “nothingness” and accepting that life is “suffering”. Very pessimistic view of life.

There is joy and happiness in life too. I am Catholic and believe in moderation in every sphere of life.

Nirvana is “nothingness”. I wouldn’t want to meditate and try to achieve this aim. Sounds irrational.

Isn’t the joy of Heaven and seeing Jesus and the Saints more attractive?


July 16, 2012 - 10:20 am

Agnikan - Just to clarify Ann’s 3 July 2012 comment, I would say that “nirvana” is not “nothingness”. The Buddha Himself criticized those who believed that the state after death was a state of “nothingness”; in short, the Buddha rejected what today we would call the “atheistic” or “materialistic” (not that the two ideas are necessarily the same, though) viewpoint. “Nirvana” is described in many ways, including “the Deathless” and “the Highest Happiness”.

The Buddha never said that “life is suffering”. The Buddha said that there is nothing that we can possess, that will give us total satisfaction. If one’s life is a life of grasping for impermanent things, hoping that they will satisfy you, then yes, you will find that your search for satisfaction in things that are impermanent, will not be a successful search. In that sense, one’s life will lead to an increase of dissatisfaction, frustration, and confusion. But life itself is not “suffering”: it is your approach to life that produces dissatisfaction. Change your approach, the Buddha says, and you will encounter the Highest Happiness.

January 7, 2013 - 11:03 pm

Nhi Pham - Thank you, Misty. Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful and profound article. Over the years, my faith had been challenged by the times, by people, and even by love. But reading this has made me realize that everything you’ve realized and written is true. So I cannot put into words how thankful I am to have been able to read this.

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February 5, 2013 - 11:42 pm

Hansol - Explaining your position always feels like an unintended insult to the other’s belief. It also doesn’t help by the fact that explanations never feels adequate nor completely justified…

March 6, 2013 - 11:21 pm

JD Fajardo - I am blessed by your words. Thanks Misty!

March 20, 2013 - 4:35 pm

Michael Kent - Great post! I traversed a similar path. Raised Southern Baptist. Agnostic phase after going off to college. Majored in the study of eastern religions. Got into Buddhism. Even studied Tibetan with Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns at the graduate level. Then converted to Roman Catholicism. Ultimately, I came to view — and to experience — Buddhism as a hall of mirrors.* No “there there”. And by “there” I mean no love. No heart.


*Of course, that’s the Buddhist view of reality itself, isn’t it?

May 26, 2013 - 11:41 pm

CG - Simply beautiful :) Thanks for opening your heart and sharing your story. I was born Catholic and I have always been a strong believer, but I became an even stronger believer last summer after some amazing dreams I had. Jesus is love <3 Let us pray for our Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, two amazing men.

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