Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I Sing Whenever I Sing Whenever I Sing

Hikeeba everyone!

Damien here, welcome to my religious blog.
You see, when I was a young boy (queue blues harmonica) I was very involved in my church. I had close friends there and I really wanted to live my life serving others. I wanted to help people and religion played a huge role in my life.

Things went kind of down hill over the years, much my own fault and some blame I point a finger at.... ahhh... you... right there, the 2nd guy on the right in the blue blazer and the pink socks. I am staring right at you buddy.

Lately things have been changing in my life, through a tragedy and the kindness of those around us I have been expressing some interest in my wife's church.

I was raised Faygo....err.... Protestant and me own wee wife is Catholic. Ooooh Ahhhhh.... Duh Duh Duhhhhhh... Yeah as a Faygo, I mean Protestant I had been taught to hate Catholics.

Welp, these days I am a Deist. I don't know where I am going to end up... but it sure is going to be a wacky ride. I need some answers blast it, I have questions and you people are being dragged along on the back of my pickup truck while we blast early Kenny Rogers songs. Ok, I am just kidding about the dragging you part and the pickup truck and the Kenny Rogers.

Well mostly kidding anyways.

16 comments:

Trudy said...

Hi,

I came from the Dawn Patrol, which is a 'must read' blog, as far as I'm concerned.

Ask away, however, get a Catechism of the Catholic Church, so that you check out the accuracy of the answers that you'll get. :-) (Some of us know less than we think that we do.)

I'll keep you in my prayers, that you may find the true answers to your questions.

May God bless your search,

Trudy

Cane Caldo said...

I'm looking forward to this. I toyed with Deism once. Alright, that's not really true, but for awhile my examinations of the practice of my beliefs seemed to be nearly Deistic; but that I believe in Christ.

This could be a really fun blog.

For vetting purposes: I'm an Anglo-Catholic (an Episcopalian that longs to be a Catholic, but won't for a few reasons), who was raised Baptist, and married a Catholic woman. Also: a Southerner, from Texas. Remember the Alamo.

Therese Z said...

I'm also here from the Dawn Patrol. I look forward to watching you take a journey into Deism - did it myself in college, studied physics, did little sinning, lost faith, developed a belief in a passionless distant deity.....

Tell us your story!

nightfly said...

Not bad, sir - first post gets a reference from Dawn Eden her own self, and tons of people stopping by. I hope that it goes well for you.

First off - I am sorry beyond words for your recent loss.

As to the rest, we'll be glad to give answers when you ask, or just an ear when you don't. The big thing we can often forget in the blogworld is that answers are good, but not sufficient. We need to be there for each other and pick each other up. The faith is more about how we live our lives than passing a quiz on doctrine.

BTW, if you're a Satriani fan (or just a general fan of rockin' guitar) I can recommend the Half a Pica blog. Cullen's a good guy and a good writer.

nightfly said...

PS - I don't own the pick socks anymore. =)

Ben said...

What does Faygo taste like? Sounds interesting.

Matt G said...

I'm a cradle Catholic and regular reader of Dawn's blog. I kind of trended mostly to Deism during high school and then reverted back to the complete Catholic Faith, so maybe my perspective would be helpful to you.

I'll be happy to answer anything I can. My style is pretty matter-of-fact. If you ask me anything it might be pretty dry, but it'll be as complete as I can make it (with references, if possible).

Bender said...
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Bender said...

So, you have questions.
And you need answers.

Damien, you will find many of the answers or, rather, practical applications of those answers, in your namesake.

Reflect upon Jozef de Veuster, who took the name Damien upon his ordination to the priesthood, and later asked to be assigned to Kalaupapa, a leper colony on the island of Molokai, even though it meant certain death. In the example of the life of Father Damien, apostle of lepers, who "brought hope to that hell of despair" and "was a source of consolation and encouragement for the lepers, their pastor, and the doctor of their souls and of their bodies, without any distinction of race or religion," you will find THE answer to THE question.

Maggie said...

Cool! I found you via Dawn, too. I am a fairly recent convert from mostly "no name" evangelicalism to Catholicism and, I must say, that several years of interacting with Catholics on the Internet on blogs like "Catholic and Enjoying It", to name just one that has been important to me,did definitely impact my decision to convert.

I second Trudy's suggestion that you get ahold of the Catechism (since Josephine is One of Us, she probably has one, already, if not, her Church library must have them to lend). I also would encourage you to see if you can borrow a copy of "The United States Catechism for Adults".

There is one of these in every book holder in every pew in my church and it is *really* good. It is a very reader-friendly commentary on each chapter of the Catechism and has lots of extra information that I find helpful.

As a former Protestant, I do understand very well how many road blocks and prejudices there are to overcome. I am still not entirely over some things emotionally, though I am intellectually.

So fire away. Sounds like you have already gathered yourself quite a diverse group here. I rather expect to learn a few things myself.

Bud said...

Here's a site that should keep you busy for quite a while: http://www.fisheaters.com/

Yep, I'm another Dawn Patroler, which site will acquaint you with a bunch of good, thoughtful people.

Enjoy the ride!

Bud

Br. Francis J, OP said...

Hello. Another person coming over from Dawn Eden's blog here. Welcome to the wild journey of spiritual awakening (or re-awakening).

As a few other posters, I also am a convert from Protestantism to Catholicism (became Catholic in 1995)--via a stopover in the sea of ships without rudders. Next to life itself, I consider that the greatest gift I have ever received is the Catholic faith.

Also, though I was baptized as a wee lad and grew up marginally Presbyterian, the truth is up until I became Catholic I did not embrace the Christian faith in my own mind and was very much agnostic (does God really exist?) as an adult. I came to discover that the only sort of Christian faith I could whole-hog embrace without any reservation was Catholicism. It's the only sort of Christianity my soul was capable of going all-in for. And when it comes to something as world-shakingly significant as, you know, what human life is for after all and what happens when we die and if our soul continues on after death for an eternity and minor things like that, what's the use of skirting around things a teeny bit here and there? If Christianity (and Catholicism as its fullest form) is true, then why just take it on a little bit? If it's true, let's bring on the whole package! All the full bore value of the whole truth about life and God--that's what we are made for, after all (if it's true).

I only mention this stuff about myself because there may be some points of similarity to your own faith situation.

Here is a suggestion I think is very important: since you are at the point of being able to acknowledge that God exists (deism)--it will be very helpful if you begin to pray sincerely to God (if you haven't already). Don't worry about how. Just be totally real. This was the very first step I took after coming to believe that God actually exists. Heartfelt prayer, asking Him to lead you on to the whole truth, is a crucial next step. If He's real--He will answer this prayer (but be ready not to be able to predict just how He will answer it).

Oh, and listening to some kick-butt bluegrass music wouldn't hurt, either.

Scott J

Ron Van Wegen said...

Don't know what words to use to help so I'll just say that I've read about your journey and I wish you well.

Damien said...

@trudy - Thank you =D

@cane caldo - And thank you for coming on by.

@therese z - I am going to just bear my soul here. It does my heart good to know that there are others out there who thought or think like me.

@nightfly - thank you for thinking about us and that blog recommendation. I am going to have to check this out.

@ben - Kind of hideous these days. I would drink anything containing sugar a few years ago and it was all about attaining the perfect sugar high while one codes programs all day long which can be incredibly boring. So the psychedelic colors of a sugar high would entertain me for hours.

@matt g - Yes, your personal experiences will be very valuable to me. Thank you for coming on by.

@bender - I have read a little bit on him. I should do some more reading. Thank you

@maggie - It is really hard to overcome that mindset. Sheeesh, it is like it is stamped in the brain. Thanks for coming by.

@bud - Thank you for the link, I will most assuredly check that out.

@br.francis j, op - I love those protestant to Catholic stories as they are right in line with my life. I pray now, I tend to do it in the car while I drive for 45 minutes and I even yelled at him when the wife and I went through our tragedy... however in hindsight I realized that when I was yelling at him... that was praying as well. Thank you.

@ron van wegen - Thank you ron, I appreciate that.

Gail F said...

Hi Damien, I came here from Dawn's blog too. I will try to answer questions when you post them, but in the meantime here is something about Catholicism that might help you out: Catholicism is big. Catholicism is deep. Catholicism is for the engineer, as well as the artsy fellow. Catholicism is for the poor an uneducated as well as the highly educated. Sects and denominitions have little bits of what properly belongs in the Church. The Catholic Church has all of it. So you will find, as you read and ask questions, that there are two thousand years of answers.

I wouldn't start out with it, but eventually you should read St. Augustine's "Confessions" (I love Maria Boulding's translation). There is a lot there for the scientist, and St. Augustine was one of the smartest people ever born. You will find there a section in which he talks about the Manichean sect that he once belonged to, a group that someone could start again today and be popular with the New Age crowd.

They preached a lot about the stars and their influence on people's lives, and even in the 400s it was obvious to an educated man that what they preached about the heavens did not line up with reality. He was a subtle man, so he was willing to believe a wildlly convoluted explanation. as long as it fit the facts. But he couldn't get one. So eventually he realized that he was being asked to swallow an attractive (to him) bunch of metaphysical stuff that had nothing to do with the real world.

He became one of the greatest saints who ever lived. There is NOTHING new about people being asked to believe, in the name of the Bible (Manicheans also used the Scriptures), things that are obviously not true. And the Catholic Church does not and has never asked anyone to do so. Even Galileo (but that's another story...)

I know what it is to start asking questions and find that there are, indeed, answers. Smart answers. So I wish you the joy of that discovery.

JimmyV said...

Hello.

I am hear from Dawn's blog too. I think I know something about the faith, which only means I need to work on my humility. My wife converted from Methodism to Catholicism and I was raised Catholic, though I didn't embrace it until college. My interests are scattered from movies and books, to economics, business, and natural family planning. Check out my blog if you care to hear more.

I hope I can be of some small help on your journey. You are in my prayers.