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Ray - 7/28/2011 9:13:41 PM
   
My Story Way back in the early 1980's, I got a divorce and an anullment from my first wife.  I then got involved with a very sexy woman who gave me all I wanted and more.  One night, while she thought I was asleep, I saw her do some very strange things with her hands over her very wide eyes..I think she was putting a spell on me or something.  Whether or not she was a practicing witch is anyone's guess, but I think she was, because she was definitely two different people - a funny nice girl most of the time, and a wicked one behind closed doors.

One day, she left me for someone else, and I had a nervous breakdown. On the darkest night of my life, when I heard strange voices, I struggled to wake up and when I did, I saw the shadow of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Wall.  I believe she saved me from hell.  My mom, who was 250 miles away and knew nothing about what was going on, awoke at that minute to tell my Dad that there was something wrong with me.

I wound up quitting my job, and going home to live with Mom and Dad at 30 years old, being severely depressed with headaches for about 6 months. Luckily, I found another job, and was able to move out within a year. My escapades with women weren't over yet, though, but I eventually married a good Catholic woman 4 years later.  Another 10 years passed, and I started watching Fr. Corapi on TV, and reading Michael Brown's book, the Final Hour.  Both of those things changed my life, and I also attended a Life in the Spirit Seminar.  I eventually put together my website, Catholic Bible 101, which is dedicated to Mother Mary and St. Michael. Its purpose is to gain as many souls for Christ as I can, in atonement for my many sins.  

After a second Life in the Spirit Seminar, I awoke from a nap the next afternoon to see the western sun reflecting off of some CDs I had left on the window sill onto the ceiling, in the shape of a white shimmering dove in the middle of a circular rainbow...

So that's my story, and I hope it inspires people out there to pick up your rosary and your bible and get with it! The time is getting shorter with every day...Peace - Ray


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Midget01 - 11/17/2011 12:48:25 AM
   
RE:My Story Dear Ray I believe that is wonderful that you were brought back to the church and things are finally working in the right direction but also that peace has returned along with faith. 

I was baptized a Catholic at the age of 5 but my parents were not allowed to marry in the church and my mother was not allowed to be baptized.  As a youn child I did not understand this.  Yet it was the way it was.  My sister and I attended Catholic School and never thought this was strange.  We just saw it as the way things were.  Later I discovered the reason was because my father had been married had a child who died before it turned 6 months old.  In anguish it led to divorce and a tour overseas in the South Pacific for WWII.  He met my mother married her and had 2 daughters who got baptized and were raised through school by the Catholic  Nuns.  It wasn't until I was on the verge of divorce myself that we moved to another town almost across the state where I found my true Catholic community.  I was asked to teach and like Peter I denied my knowledge of my faith 3 times.  Finally I wondered what it was that they saw in me and agreed to take classes and serve as an room mother.  Well the Catechist moved in December and I was placed in Charge.  It was amazing.  I was being fed through my courses and communicating at the level the 4th graders needed to hear.  I not only served as a Catechist for 12 years but became the DRE a few months before my divorce was final.  I even told my pastor that perhaps his offer was too generous because I am getting divorced and my parish might not want me.  He informed me that they already knew me and if I wanted the postion he would agree.  I took the job.  While taking one of the courses I met a priest who studied in Rome and brought up the subject of my parents and how after all of these years could they get an annullment so my mother could be baptized. she has prayed all of these years for that.  Another priest friend about 4 years later picked up on my questioning this subject and invited me to bring my parents to him. After a talk with him they were told that perhaps they needed to be updated on the teachings of the church and then we could set a date for my mother's baptism, my father and mother's communion, confirmation and finally their marriage in church.  My mother was so elated at the age of 78 for this to happen.  I was blessed not only because of her joy but also the pastor handed me a RCIA Book that I had showed him earlier that day and he told me infront of my parents that I would be their teacher.  We met at my home every sunday for 6 weeks and answered some really silly but serious questions and on Feb. 13,2000 my parents were reinstated in the Catholic Church my mother is now turning  90 and Home bound receives communion through a Eucharistic Minister.   I have had a few vision type things but for some reason at this point while I feel close to God it is more important how God has allowed me to bring my parents back to church. 

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ComingHome - 1/17/2012 1:52:44 PM
   
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Midget01 wrote: Another priest friend about 4 years later picked up on my questioning this subject and invited me to bring my parents to him. After a talk with him they were told that perhaps they needed to be updated on the teachings of the church and then we could set a date for my mother's baptism, my father and mother's communion, confirmation and finally their marriage in church.  My mother was so elated at the age of 78 for this to happen. 


This is amazing :) How wonder for all of you.

You touch on a key point in this. SO many people need to be updated on the teachings of the Church. So many people rely on rumor or old information. Information that was probably shared by some one ignorant of catholic faith. Only enough information to be dangerous.



No longer a 'non-practicing Catholic'. Thank you Fr. Barron, the gently push came directly from you.

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joy4ever - 1/17/2012 4:27:19 PM
   
RE:My Story Your story is a wonderful one, and so is your blog. I especially like the section on the Holy Spirit since, at this time, I can't get enough of the Holy Spirit! So much joy in heaven over how your life has evolved!

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Ray - 1/18/2012 8:50:56 AM
   
RE:My Story Thanks Joy...Added a new page on "Photo Comparisons" which you might like....

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Alexander - 3/24/2012 4:55:35 PM
   
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The Bible is filled with stories of people at rock bottom who God has miraculously rescued & saved. You are like them, More of these people are in the bible than powerful successful people. Jesus life as well hit rock bottom. Many of the Saints did as well. The same opportunity is available for all who go to God for help. We all hit rock bottom many times.Your life is a lesson for all of us. Everyone's life is a great lesson for others. Thanks for sharing it. Thanks be to God.


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