Amanda wrote:

Hi, guys —

My name is Amanda and I am currently a college student living in the USA. I was raised in Protestant, Evangelical churches at a young age and was baptized at age 14.

Since then, my opinions have changed quite a bit and I haven't attended a church service since
I was 15; I'm now 21. I feel like I'd make a horrible Catholic but lately I have been strongly drawn to Catholic Churches and the feeling I get inside of them.

I want someone to talk to, about how I feel and about questions I have, but I have no Catholic friends and the thought of talking to a priest seriously intimidates me.

  • Do you have any advice on where I can find someone to talk to?

Amanda

  { Since I'm being drawn to the Church, where can I find someone to talk with who understands? }

Mary Ann replied:

Dear Amanda,

The attraction you feel inside a Catholic Church comes from the presence of the Lord, who is all good and all beautiful and who loves you with an everlasting love.

He is there in the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament, the Host in the tabernacle. Most universities have a Newman Center or center for Catholic students nearby. Ask your administration or goggle it for your city. The priest, chaplain or students there may be good resources. Don't be afraid to talk to them.

First, I would pray, telling God that you want to find Him and to please lead you.

He will!

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Hi, Amanda —

I have several suggestion you can try that are site-specific.

  1. Get on our Wannabe page, and sign up!, and
  2. Sign up for the COCFF'r Close Orthodox Catholic Friend Finder. From the home page near the bottom.

There is no such thing as a horrible Catholic, if you:

  • strive to love the Church as much as you love Jesus, and
  • pray for help and discernment over teachings you may find difficult to accept.

As Blessed John Henry Newman once said:

Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.

If you run into a teaching you are having a hard time with:

Tell the Lord in your personal prayer to send the right people into your life and to help you on your journey.

If you wish to go deeper, consider buying a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to learn everything we believe as Catholics.

Mike

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