This article was written by Joshua Dotson.
So I’ve been going through RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) since November. I came in a little late. Quite honestly I learned some from RCIA but I learned most about the Catholic faith from books I own. The Baltimore Catechism led me to the Catholic faith.
RCIA is helpful but I encourage all Candidates and Catechumans to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Holy Ecumenical Councils. RCIA only goes on for so long and it only touches a couple of important Catholic points of doctrine and the church.
I’m a writer, and I write Historical Novels, based on the Crusades. My knowledge of the Crusades was one of the things that led me to the Catholic Faith. As a Protestant Baptist I read about how the Catholic Church was the defender of all Holy Truth in the Middle Ages. As I wrote my books I learned of how the Catholic Church was the defender of life. It was the church that was always there. None of the Protestant ones were there in Ancient or Medieval Times. The more I dived into the Crusades back in 2010 while writing my books the more I learned of church history. Over time, I read more of the Church Fathers and found how the Catholic Faith of Ancient and Medieval Times is the same as the dogmas and teachings of the church today. St. Francis of Assisi, and his pure innocent love for mankind had a great impression on me as I learned more of the Medieval Church. The more I learned of church history, the more I learned it was the Protestant Reformers who changed from the faith, not the Catholic Church.
Making this as brief as possible I faced much resistance for my pilgrimage. Many Protestants I knew in the Hyper-Calvinist church I went, saw the Catholic Church as much apart from them as any non-Christian, or perhaps worse. They sent out missionaries to turn Catholics to their beliefs though not non-Christians.
I turned Anglican for sometime, I left the Calvinist Reformed ways, and eventually Protestantism. Having been raised Baptist, I was raised with Conservative values. Much of this is lacking in the Anglican Church. Many Anglican Provinces accept contraception, divorce, remarriage, women ordination, and some even deny Orthodox Christian teachings like the Virgin Birth.
I believe the Holy Spirit led me to the Catholic Faith. This Easter Vigil I shall be Confirmed. I have known Catholic History, like the Early Church, and the Crusades for a long time. But I also want to be officially part of it, and to receive the Holy Sacraments of our Lord.
I ask for prayers on my journey.
May the Lord Jesus Christ bless us and keep us in His arms.
Praise be the Trinity!