My Anniversary… belated.

Ugh, this is like a bad joke about husbands forgetting their wedding anniversary! I’m usually so good (exacting, even!) at remembering dates. Yet, without fail, I always remember the “anniversary” of my reconciliation to the Catholic Church a few days AFTER the fact. It’s such an important anniversary, and I could kick myself for failing to remember even a few days before! Somehow I am going to make myself a reminder for next year.

Anyway…

As of July 1, 2010, I have officially been reconciled (and a fully practicing Catholic) for 8 years! Deo gratias!

I try to keep track of my anniversary so that I can not only remember and give thanks to God for the grace He has given me; but also to give myself a little hope. I have come a long, long way. If ever I look back and discover my faith hasn’t grown, I’ll know I’m headed in the wrong direction.

One thing I can witness to as being true: you ask God for grace and He will give it to you, without fail. Give Him the smallest opening, and the Holy Spirit will flood your soul.

“Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.”

Matthew 7:7-8

I have come a very long way in 8 years. I am intensely grateful for the grace that God has given me, and I pray that He will continue to bless me and keep me open to His will and Divine Providence.

In thanksgiving, please pray for the priest who heard my Confession that day 8 years ago.

O Jesus, Eternal High Priest, live in [Fr. E], act in him, speak in and through him.
Think Your thoughts in his mind, love through his heart.
Give him Your own dispositions and feelings. Teach, lead and guide him always.
Correct, enlighten and expand his thoughts and behavior.
Possess his soul; take over his entire personality and life.
Replace him with Yourself.
Incline him to constant adoration and thanksgiving; pray in and through him.
Let him live in You and keep him in this intimate union always.
O Mary, Immaculate Conception, Mother of Jesus and Mother of priests, pray and intercede for [Fr. E]. Amen.

For what it’s worth, I updated the “About” section to include my (not so sensational) “conversion story”. Or at least the beginning of it. Enjoy.