I Want to Be a Catholic

I was raised in the Catholic faith, and retain to this day a strong reverance and perhaps a calling to the Catholic Faith. I was divorced at the age of 32, and therefore exiled from my church. I remarried a protestant and between us we now have 4 beautiful children.

As I age (I am nearing 50) I am increasingly drawn to the Catholic faith and especially to the Virgin Mary. I want to belong to the faith again. I have tried to be a member of a protestant church, but it makes me miss my own religious practice, its rituals, prayers and especially its reverence to Mary.

I spoke to a priest about 10 years ago and he said I have to get an annullment to be a practicing Catholic again. I know this is true but I also know that an annullment is not possible for me. I don't know what to do because I love the Catholic faith, it allows me to worship God and revere Mary. It connects me with our creator and makes me happy and at peace.

I feel shunned when I attend Mass and can not truly take part. What should I do? How can I be accepted in my church? I know that God loves me, and Mary intercedes on my behalf regularly. So how can I be a Cathlic again?

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Thank-you, Anonymous, for your kind comments. I realize that I do practice many many Catholic rituals, and I feel Catholic in my soul. I believe the church to be a beautiful, forgiving and soulful place, and if that is so, you are right that I am a good catholic, am devoted to the religion and feel so very blessed to have been born into this community. Your words are comforting, wise, and I believe that they are inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Thank you, I feel I have been given a gift.

Mar 27, 2011
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You ARE a Catholic!
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I am touched by your sharing and your deep desire to be a Catholic. All I can say is that with your DEEP desire and longing to be a Catholic, you ARE in essence a Catholic!

There is nothing which will prevent you from going back to beautiful Catholic practices, such as:
- recitation of the Rosary
- attending Holy Mass
- going to confession
- others

The only limitation is that you cannot receive the Eucharist during Holy Mass because of your divorce and re-married state. However, you CAN still attend the Mass and receive SPIRITUAL COMMUNION. Research on "spiritual communion" and you will find that you can receive Jesus in your heart through spiritual communion.

The Catholic Faith is a beautiful Faith, and the one true Faith. Jesus is a kind, loving and forgiving God and Friend! If He were still walking in this Earth, He will personally hold your hand, embrace you, and bring you inside His Church so that you will feel part of the Faith again. He forgave an adultress and many sinners - He even forgave those who killed Him. How can He do any less with you?

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