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2/26/14 7:54 P

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Yep - it means to be born into a Catholic family.

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yea for another cradle catholic - i love those. u all have a wealth of catholic goodies within u
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Hi,
I hope I understand that being cradle means born into a Catholic family, baptized, did first communion, confirmed and married in the Catholic church..so I am cradle.



Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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thanks cj

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emoticon Welcome to the Family.

Cheryl - neat new picture.

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ditto - welcome to the family AMANDABANANA80. i am SOO excited for you.
hugs and prayers
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Congratulations! Glad you are officially joining the family!

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Soon-to-be convert!

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Oh good. I don't think it is an "official" word or anything, just one that some have coined to explain their circumstances.

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yes cj, thank u. i appreciate the explanations for those things that r not familiar to me. and i appreciate all my catholic family, everywhere u r emoticon

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Cheryl - basically, a re-vert is one who was born into Catholicism, but turned away, and then returned to the Church. Therefore, not a true "convert", but many do not consider themselves a cradle Catholic when they have turned away at one point.

Does that make sense?

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emoticon Cheryl!
It is SO good to be where you know God wants you to be!

Step into the unknown with confidence! Trust that in the darkness of that first step there will either be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly!
Nothing tastes as good as living with less pain feels!


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emoticon You're so right!

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that is great burningthyme, Isn't it interesting the journey we take and how God brings us back to where we need to be. i am glad u r back emoticon

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I was basically born into it but taken away from Catholic religion by my mother when I was very young. Over the course of 50+ yrs. I visited many churches, coven & temples. I then found my way home at my mother's dismay. Hope this makes sense to you
Now I am apart of the Legion of Mary in Sebastian, Florida....I did my own 360. emoticon

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alright, whats a re vert?

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're-vert

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Convert...about 26 years ago!

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ANDI_3K - my comment is similar to Cheryl's, but she said it so much better than I could. I am so glad that your faith in God and Jesus has remained strong despite the huge shortcomings of humans!

Beulah - congrats on being a wannabe convert!

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Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
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Cradle.

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Do not reward yourself with food - you are not a dog.

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.



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Thanks, read Rome, Sweet Home about a year ago--a co-worker convert lent it to me. I love their story and enjoy Scott's other books--he makes everything easy to understand.
RCIA going well and becoming active in the church. I'm a nurse, so I joined the faith community nurses of our parish. With the healthcare changes, churches will need a health ministry.
Need your prayers!!!
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Hello again, Beulah and all on the thread. Just finished Rome Sweet Home by Scott Hahn. It is the story of how a Presbyterian minister and his wife converted to the faith. You may enjoy it.

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welcome wannbe convert emoticon
that's great... welcome to the family, how exciting. i remember the great anticipation of learning and growing and waiting to be able to partake fully of the faith, and the euchrist...
my prayers are with you.
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Yes, you are! How is RCIA going? Congratulations!

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Hoping to take first Eucharist at Easter Vigil this year--so wannabe convert?



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alright another convert... emoticon

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thank u for sharing and I am so sorry for the pain that people and priests have caused you,
and so glad that you continued to believe in God and Jesus, and are finding your way in the faith, despite people.
unfortunately, people hurt people. I too have suffered many forms of abuse at the hands of a number of people, one was a deacon in the church. I too have continued in my Journey with Jesus, as He continues to heal me and restore my relationships with people, ongoingly.

I pray that God will continue to heal and guide you.
I am glad that you did not give up and that you are continuing in your Journey with Jesus.


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I was a cradle Catholic who was very hurt by the priests growing up. I was born with several birth defects and the priest told me that I was not welcome in Sunday School because "God did not make" me. He tried to keep me from sacraments and we had to go to the Arch-bishop to get premission for me to make First Communion. By the time I was 11 I wanted out of the Church. God, I believed in, Jesus, I beleived in - the Church not so much.
I converted to Orthodoxy for a bit, but did not feel welcome there, really. And I took vows as a Buddhist Monk. I still missed having a relationship with a Catholic community.
In the Spring semester of 2013 I took a graduate school course in the Reformation and it really made me examine what *I* believe and what I wanted. A friend ( who is not Catholic, but very active in her church) said she'd go with me and we started going in February. I want to find a "home" church, but for now I am going where ever I happen to be at Mass Time (for me Saturday evening).

God bless you all for the support you give

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1/2/14 11:15 P

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That's right - when one of us is missing, it does not feel the same ...

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lcubed, so glad you came back 'home' to the faith. we need you emoticon

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Cradle Catholic but left for a number of years and became a member of the Moravian Church. Wonderful people but, and this took me awhile, very sterile feeling church. What was missing---the true presence of Our Lord and I returned -- back for almost 10 years.



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I love how you said it that way! So many people keep congratulating me, and I have to tell them it had very little to do with me personally! Without God, I can do nothing.

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thats fabulous cj.
God is Good. recovery works. faith works. and the two together work doubly good.
emoticon for you... 50 lbs+ !!! Praise God, Praise God emoticon

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Yes! My faith has improved marvelously, I have stopped eating compulsively, and I have released over 50 lbs with my group's, God's and my sponsor's help.

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thanks for sharing that cj
yes, 12 step programs encourage a personal inventory in step 4 and sharing it with someone in step 5/admitting the exact nature of our wrongs...
and it does go along with the catholic faith so well. the 12 step program originated from the oxford movement, ya know. it think they were similar to presbyterian.

I do it annually or bi annually now in advent and lent. it is very soul cleansing and healthy, isn't it?

I looked into OA before spark people but we do not have any groups around me. do you find it helpful?

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Cheryl - my sponsor for Overeaters Anonymous and I often mention that there are similarities with 12-Step programs and parts of the Catholic faith. I remember hearing one woman share her story with recovery from overeating mention that she goes to confession frequently and she explained that it was like a 5 Step.

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I converted around 1995-96 after attending a curcillo. although, I have been journeying with Jesus since I got sober in 1979 in various protestant religions, was raised methodist, but attended mass and practiced catholic traditions with some friends growing up. when I got sober, I always felt at home in the catholic church, often went there to pray, light candles, be with God... I even went to confession before joining the church as part of my recovery inventory. I love the catholic faith. it is so rich and deep in both scripture and tradition. It continues to strengthen my journey with Jesus and soo much more.
I so appreciate cradle catholcs; they have so much knowledge that I feel like I will never really gain, but will enjoy the journey of learning.
Nice topic. I enjoy everyone's sharing.
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Cradle.....My Mom was a huge influence in my faith; dad was a convert and did not convert until my older brother was around 4 or 5; God has always been a huge presence in my life, and I can't imagine my life without Him!

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

Make it a blessed and healthy day! IT IS YOUR CHOICE!

Remember how special you are and how you are soooooo worth it to be healthy and fit!!

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Don't lose heart, GOBBLER. Remember St. Monica and St. Augustine :-)


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I am a cradle Catholic, married a cradle Catholic ( though not from a serious Catholic family) in the Church.
We fell off attendance for several years as young married couple.
I returned alone after the death of my dad, when I realized without God following a loss, there is no real consolation.
We raised three children who no longer attend, even though it was a household requirement during their youth. I continue to go alone; I am distressed that my family does not attend, but know this is best for me, and pray daily that they will follow my example.
The strength of my faith makes life so much easier!

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Living a life a little less ordinary!

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outposts in your head!"


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Convert. I was raised Lutheran but married a cradle Catholic. We actually attended both churches together each Sunday for a while. We got married in a Lutheran church with both the pastor and the priest officiating together. After we'd been married about a year I went through RCIA and converted. We figured that would be easier when we had kids as far as what religion to raise them in.


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I'm a cradle Catholic, but never had a strong faith until some Evangelical friends were witnessing to me in my early 20s. They convinced me that I had to get out of the Catholic Church, but I wasn't sure which church taught the truth. In studying various things I had questions about, I came to realize that I was already in that church, lol!

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Born a Methodist, converted to the Catholic faith while in college, in 1978, and now I am studying to become a deacon in the Church. My ordination date will be May 2016, God willing..

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I converted in 1999. After that I did fall away for a few years, but came back stronger than ever. I love the Church!

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Converted in high school. Married a non-catholic and went to his church with his family (although he didn't go) Didn't go to church for many years. Came back 2 years ago. My attendance has fallen off though. I do pray everyday and follow the teachings.

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Our new thread for this topic.

Tell us here if you were born into a Catholic family (so have been one since in the "cradle"), if you are a convert, or were Catholic, then lapsed or left the Church, and now have returned.

Share a bit of your story if you like ...

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