pray that as we initiate a new convert
into our faith, I hope You will bless
my own words of welcome.
Convert to Catholicism,
receive the joy and personal good wishes
of a fellow believer, on the occasion
of your conversion to the faith.
of us came to the Church through
our parents and learned the details of
our belief from "the good sisters,"
or from faithful lay teachers in Catholic
elementary schools or in weekend Catechism
perhaps like you, come to the faith
as adults and study through RICA,
the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
have the advantage of absorbing
these profound truths with a mature mind
and a life of many experiences.
you have the merit of having chosen
for yourself, in adulthood, to come
into the Church.
will find much more to learn as you travel
on your spiritual journey:
the Lives of the Saints, the somber prayers
and sacrifices of Lent, the grand rituals
of Holy Week and Easter, and, of course,
the joyous celebrations the Christmas
wish you Godspeed and happiness on your
sacred journey, which will be unique:
your very own!
will follow spiritual and intellectual
paths which many have taken before you,
but your own journey and Catholic experience
will become your particular, personal,
relationship with Christ and his Church.
would caution you to remember that Faith
is just that, not a certainty which can
ever be proven by scientific or material
means, but rather a divine gift and a
in the brevity of this world, the certainty
of eternal life, and complete trust
in the promises which God has made to
us through the Scriptures, and through
the life of Jesus Christ.
am happy for you, and I extend my deepest
Christian love to you as you embark on
your own new and personal Salvation Journey,