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?