We live in a secular culture that constantly bombards us with subtle messages that tell us we aren't good enough, we don't have enough, and we need something new to make us happy. But having more is never completely satisfying. In our technological world and it's capacity for instant communication, we often feel alone. When we begin to search for deeper meaning and purpose, we discover a spiritual dimension inside ourselves that has never been explained before.
We may begin to long for an experience of God.
This search involves more than looking for a Church with friendly people. The search for God almost always involves a struggle with questions and doubts. Some of us wrestle with the image of God that was installed in us as children. Some of us find ourselves wanting to know more about Jesus Christ. We may begin to pray, read Scripture, and ask other people about what they believe.
We soon realize that our feelings of emptiness can only be filled in a faith community where people center their lives on Jesus Christ. We yearn to be part of a group of people who share the same beliefs and pray together, celebrate joys and grieve losses together, and offer support and receive strength from one another.
The quest for truth solely through history, literature or theology, often brings to light misconceptions about Catholic beliefs that have no basis in reality. In fact, the teaching authority of the Church has continued in unbroken succession for more than 2000 years. For example, the Catholic belief of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist can be traced back to the earliest Christians and the Gospel of John (6:51-58).
Catholicism is a more truthful light.
Embracing Catholicism is not an event with a defined beginning or ending. Catholics believe conversion is an ongoing process that continues throughout a person’s life. All these encounters with Christ bring us into closer union with God.
Our Catholic Charismatic parishes provide obligation-free counseling and guidance in your search for a meaningful and fulfilling relationship with Our Lord, Jesus Christ. We invite you contact a parish near you, or, you may wish to reach out to our Patriarch, Augustine, directly.