Why I am a Catholic
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I understand the difference between God's willing something and God's desiring something. I understand the difference between God's ordained will and permissive will. I understand God's hardening of Pharaoh's heart, the blindness of Israel et al. I understand God's giving grace, sustaining us with grace, and withholding grace, for whatever his reasons. And I understand that if God withdrew his grace from me, I would fall as quickly as if the sun ceased to shine.

And I can understand that it was God's ordained will to knock St. Paul off his horse, temporarily blind him, and fill him with enough grace to make him a great apostle. But would not St. Paul still be free to reject God's grace and walk away?

INPEFESS said “I am Catholic because God wills it.” To me it makes more sense to say “I am Catholic because God desires it and sustains me with his grace.” The other way sounds like I have no free will in the matter.

Everyday in my prayers I thank God for “making” me a Catholic, meaning I thank him for willing or allowing me to be born in a Catholic home with good Catholic parents. This could have been a result of God's permissive will or ordained will. Yes, it could be that he predestined me that way. I feel very blessed and thankful. But I still have the responsibility to respond or cooperate with the measure of grace that God has given me.

I don't ponder too heavily on why others were not blessed or given the same measure of grace. Why does God allow (or will) some to be born in Protestant or Jewish or Muslim homes? Why does God allow (or will) some to be born in dark corners of the world where the name of Jesus is unknown? I have to believe that God loves them – that he desires their salvation too.
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Why I am a Catholic - by cassini - 07-28-2011, 03:29 PM
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Re: Why I am a Catholic - by Vetus Ordo - 07-28-2011, 03:46 PM
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Re: Why I am a Catholic - by SCG - 07-28-2011, 05:08 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by obscurus - 07-28-2011, 05:09 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by JacafamalaRedux - 07-28-2011, 05:12 PM
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Re: Why I am a Catholic - by dan hunter - 07-28-2011, 05:17 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by SCG - 07-28-2011, 05:17 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by JacafamalaRedux - 07-28-2011, 05:19 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by INPEFESS - 07-28-2011, 05:20 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by Baskerville - 07-28-2011, 05:21 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by SCG - 07-28-2011, 05:23 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by Mithrandylan - 07-28-2011, 05:24 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by INPEFESS - 07-28-2011, 05:24 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by Vetus Ordo - 07-28-2011, 05:26 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by INPEFESS - 07-28-2011, 05:26 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by SCG - 07-28-2011, 05:27 PM
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Re: Why I am a Catholic - by obscurus - 07-28-2011, 05:39 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by dan hunter - 07-28-2011, 05:42 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by Mithrandylan - 07-28-2011, 05:43 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by INPEFESS - 07-28-2011, 05:45 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by Mithrandylan - 07-28-2011, 05:47 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by dan hunter - 07-28-2011, 05:50 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by Vetus Ordo - 07-28-2011, 05:53 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by Mithrandylan - 07-28-2011, 05:54 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by INPEFESS - 07-28-2011, 05:55 PM
Re: Why I am a Catholic - by Baskerville - 07-28-2011, 05:55 PM
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Re: Why I am a Catholic - by Edward - 07-28-2011, 06:48 PM
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