Alpha testimony from a cradle Catholic

Recently, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa tweeted a link to this testimony by a cradle Catholic who had a life-changing faith experience after participating in Alpha.

Since I recently discussed Alpha here, here, here and here as a possible tool for ordinariate parishes to consider in evangelizing, I thought you might find this testimony interesting.

I converted to the faith in 1961 when I got married. That’s when I became a “church-goer”. When it was Sunday, I was supposed to go to Mass. It was my parish, so I was supposed to serve. I believed what I was doing was my religious duty—just fulfilling obligations. I see things very black and white, and this was no different in my religious life.

I thought of church like a job, no different than going to work. Even still, I thought I was doing things right and that I was a good Catholic. But in attending Mass on Sunday, never did I think of, “who am I going to Mass for?” In all of my service, I was never thinking of Jesus.

My experience of Catholicism was completely devoid of faith and completely separate from someone to love, or be loved by. This didn’t change until 2018 when I discovered there was more to Catholicism than being a “church-goer”.

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By the end of the 10 weeks of Alpha, my view on religion had changed. I realized there was a lot to this faith that I didn’t know. I wanted to continue my journey, so I decided to take Discovery next. It was in Discovery that my idea of God transformed from an outside influence to a partner and a friend. My perspective of religion changed from rules to follow, to a person I understand and know and love. I learned that Jesus knows me and loves me personally.

A verse of Scripture that influenced this second conversion in my life was Revelations 3:20, “Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come into you and eat with you, and you with me.”

I chose to open the door. I chose to place Christ at the centre of my life. I know now He was there on the other side of the door the entire time. For those 57 years, He was waiting for me to let Him in.

Our whole journey as Christians, in prayer, is to constantly and gently place Christ in the centre of our lives, through thick or thin.

2 thoughts on “Alpha testimony from a cradle Catholic

  1. As a cradle Catholic, I grew up with a religion of obligations rather than a personal relationship with Christ. At 31 years old, Christ became my inner peace and strength. It was as easy as being anxious for nothing by casting all of my care on the Lord (see Philippians 4:6-7; 1Peter 5:5-7; Psalms 37:7; 55:22; Proverbs 3:5; Isaiah 26:3-4; 55:7-9; and Galatians 5:22-23).

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  2. Hi Fellow ChristiansVery interesting the testimony from below. I can’t quite understand someone who was Catholic being ‘completely devoid of Faith ?? I converted to the R Catholic church in 2011 at age 61 and it was the most wonderful and spiritual thing I ever did in my life. I saw how The Lord is the only one true God who is central and the most important Deity in the world. I attend Mass in St John The Baptist Cathedral Norwich Norfolk UK and I adore it, our priests are so wonderful and the Mass is so very sacred and Divine, it is like being in Heaven itself.The Week for Christian Unity is this week and The Anglican Cathedral in Norwich is having our brilliant choir singing for Vespers at 3.30 today— after their choir and scholars sang at St John’s on wed this week.Thank you for your regular messages to me and it is lovely to hear from yourselves  !Blessings and prayers to you allMrs Jo SparkesMattishallNorfolk(01362 850564) Sent from Mail for Windows 10 From: Anglicanorum Coetibus Society BlogSent: Saturday, January 25, 2020 6:01 AMTo: josparkeswolfetone65@gmail.comSubject: [New post] Alpha testimony from a cradle Catholic Deborah Gyapong posted: "Recently, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa tweeted a link to this testimony by a cradle Catholic who had a life-changing faith experience after participating in Alpha. Since I recently discussed Alpha here, here, here and here as a possible tool"

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