69, Reseda, CA
In 1978, I was blessed to be in Turin, Italy. I was Protestant Evangelical, also Pentecostal, but in Turin, and in Assisi, I was at heart Roman Catholic. Decades followed and my interest in that unique relic continued, but I did not become Catholic. Today, after having enjoyed in the Spirit numerous televised Masses over EWTN, and evaluating narratives and testimonies offered over so many programs aired on that network, before which my spirit sensed mature expressions of genuine faith, I have prayed to become Roman Catholic. So, I am, I suppose, yet to be in 'the Church', but in heart I already am. I will study and show myself approved, seek confirmation, and then move as quickly as I can to be baptized in the faith, and to attend Mass to receive holy communion regularly.
In this turbulent world, is there any institution like the Church of Christ? And is there any representative church on the earth as definitively situated as that one whose holy father is the Pope in Rome? I was blessed to be there when Pope John Paul II greeted the Church for the first time, and in the broadcasts of Mass from Rome today, there is another who follows in the same spirit, though perhaps with different gifts, but my heart is drawn deeply into the Roman Catholic faith because of the clear evidence of the Shepherd of the Church in Pope Francis. With such difficult trials facing all, in our day, I cannot imagine another than Pope Francis, and our prayers must be fervently directed to our Lord in his behalf.
It instills hope in me to know that throughout the world, our Lord has planted a vast host of orders, whose purposes are many, whose vigils in prayer, constant, towards the end that every matter in the hearts of the faithful are covered, because the Roman Catholic Church is a praying body on the earth. Mother Church she is because Mary in heaven nurtures the Church as the body of her dear Son himself.
I pray to be a useful servant of his Body, which is the object of my interest. I pray he will bless that offering, in his time. Thinking about it is what I do, though the Lord himself has not asked from us mere words but actions. May I be faithful. May I do.