Joy Beyond the Cross had asked for my conversion story so.... Why the quotes in the title? Because as I was a baptized Christian before coming into the Catholic Church, I don't consider it a conversion. I look at as a mutual acceptance. I accepted the Church, they accepted me. So, please don't get your hopes up about my story as it's not nearly as touching or exciting as others you've read.
I was a Metho.dist and then I attend a Presb.yterian Church in college. Then after college, I was deeply involved with an Episcop.alian church and then I bounced between the three until I met my husband. But, I'd briefly toyed with the Orth.odox Church and then met a seminarian right after college who I performed yoga with on the beach and he said since I was going to an Anglican church, I might as well go all the way and be a Catholic. I didn't really concern me much at that time but I kept it in the back of my mind.
One of the major reasons I pursued my husband (and not just date him for a few months) was that he was a believing Christian. Where ever you are from, Church-going men might be in abundance but in the big cities where I was living, it was rare. And they might have some wacky beliefs they stray too much from what I think is basic Christian doctrine.
When we talked about getting married, my husband and I arrived at the decision that I would do the RC.IA class. At least that's how I remember it. It was just kind of easy. I wanted us to worship together and Catholicism wasn't foreign to me and I think it's important to assimilate in marriage. The latter just always felt like a good marriage principle to me. Romantic, no but practical, yes.
I was not impressed with the R.CIA class as they seemed to jump to odd topics and never followed a logical program like I was used to in other learning situations. However, my sponsor was my sweet, special friend Holly and we traveled that journey together and learned a lot about each other. She is a deeply faithful Catholic with a tremendous amount of love in her heart for all of God's creatures. Holly's the best!
In short, I'm a Catholic and I appreciate the Church in many ways such as how they support marriage. As you've read before, I don't believe Church teachings should push into the legal sphere. I recognize that it's a human organization and people make mistakes and large organizations make big mistakes.
My relationship with Christ is something I'm constantly working on and I take a lot of comfort in knowing that He's in my life and I can depend on him, even though sometimes I don't. Wow, I'm starting to sound really pedestrian. Anyhow, that's my story.