“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow if I can.

The advice and poem of Bilbo Baggins represents my feelings.

I grew up American Evangelical Protestant but the road of research I started took me down a strange road which led to the Roman Catholic Church. It was not the goal I had intended. When I discovered certain history I jumped into it believing my American Evangelicalism would be confirmed. It seems I was wrong. As the road of exploration and discussions with family continued I soon saw the Vatican in the distance.

This blog was originally begun with the intent of putting some thoughts out there and dialogue with some non-Catholics who might convince me not to convert. Some interesting discussions happened. The “help” of at least one Catholic nearly put me off from Catholicism while the “help” of a couple Protestants practically guided me right across the Tiber. The paradoxes of Catholicism apparently never end.

So I was finally confirmed into the Church on November 1, 2015, All Saints’ Day.

Posts to this space will probably be infrequent but I don’t see a need to end the blog. The title still seems appropriate to the Christian life; “I must follow if I can.”

Edited: November 2, 2015

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  1. I just found your blog thanks to a recommendation by Ben from Frontier Ruminations’ blog. What an amazing blog! Thank you for your awesome witness! As a “cradle Catholic” is fills me with an energetic joy seeing people like you proclaiming the name of Jesus and the Church he founded with such boldness, joy and charity! It really does build the Body of Christ!

    God Bless!


    • Hi Caleb.

      Technically I’m not even Catholic yet. I’ve been doing a lot of studying but have not yet made a decisive decision. This blog was meant to give non-Catholics a chance to present arguments to the contrary. The last few posts have had very interesting conversations. Maybe you’d like to check them out.

      Thank you for your encouragement! Feel free to get involved or recommend resources anytime. 🙂

      • Thank you for the invitation! If I may the waters of the Tiber are warm and we certainly need people with your zeal for Christ to as the catechism says to Boldly confess the name of Christ!!! I will keep you in my prayers my friend may this time be a time for growth closer to Christ and his body!

        God Bless!!!

  2. I am a convert also and the Catholic Church has been the greatest blessing of my life! I as you, did/do a lot of studying and there was no way I could deny that what I found was the “truth.” It took me a year.

    I also wanted to stop by and tell you, I read your response to sdcharg and it was beautiful. Very well written and very well said. Sorry for the response you got back. As far as you, it was great! Good luck to you and if you have any questions please feel free to ask me. There is no question or thought you can have that I did not. http://livingtherealityofjesus.wordpress.com You can read my conversion story in my pages at the top of the blog. God Bless, SR

    • Hi SR,

      I just read your conversion story and actually remember reading it already a couple years ago. I was just beginning to dabble in Catholicism, wondering what it was all about, and I remember finding your blog and reading your conversion. I moved on to other things but never really forgot your story of Mary’s pursuit. Apparently, the blogosphere is a small world, too.

      Thank you for your kind words about my comment to sdcharg. My issue with people like that is their insistence on how we should only believe what is in the Bible but they ignore vast swaths of it because it does not fit their theology. One time I had a similar back-and-forth over baptism and I simply gave Bible verses, to which I was then accused of defending the Catholic Church’s teaching on baptism. Ironic….

      I will definitely ask any questions I have. There are a couple I still struggle with but I’ll post later about that since I’ve got to go right now.

      God bless.

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