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My Last Day with Catholicism. Our Last Day with Project Conversion.

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The first time I stepped into a Catholic church was November 30th of this year. It was the feast day of St. Andrew, and I was told that he was the first called of the disciples of Jesus. During the […]

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The Eucharist: Symbolic or Reality?

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I saved the subject of the Eucharist for last because I’ve spent most of this month trying to wrap my mind around the concept (thanks Mentor Jason for being patient with me!). Honestly, it’s nearly as frustrating, amazing, and poetic […]

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The Church, Huh, Good God. What is it Good For?

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Few organizations or groups are teased or scandalized like the Catholic Church. On the other hand, with 1.1 billion members of the Church (1/6th of the global population) which constitutes the largest faith community on the planet, I suppose it’s […]

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The Fight for Life. A Catholic Perspective.

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We’ve all heard the jokes about Catholics and their policy on birth control/contraceptives. Even though I support this policy this month, it’s still a tough pill to swallow. Every time I think about the sanction against birth control, I get […]

The Protestant Reformation: A Divorce for Christianity

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With a split-up this epic, it’s a good thing kids or alimony wasn’t involved. The Protestant Reformation, as it is with many great stories of history, began with one character. In this case, a monk named Martin Luther. Most Christians […]

A Former Enemy of the Church Makes Room for Christ.

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My wife, Heather, is currently obsessed with a song by Kutless called “This is Christmas.” The lyrics suggest, as many Christian songs and clergy do around this time every year, that Christ is missing more and more from Christmas. Whatever […]

The Pope. Antichrist or Legitimate Leader of Christ’s Church?

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For years, I thought the pope was the antichrist. More accurately, I was told he was the antichrist and never actually looked into the matter myself. Looking back though, it’s funny that I even entertained the thought. After all, the […]

Gregorian Chant: Does it Still Have a Place in the Modern Church?

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In the recent shake-up of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) regarding the substitution of Latin from the liturgy, one is hard-pressed to find any old school Gregorian chanting in the Church today (outside of older, traditional churches). In an […]

Heather’s Voice: How Project Conversion has Forever Changed Our Family…

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Today’s post is written by Heather Bowen: How in the world could a year where some of the days seemed so incredibly long pass by so quickly?  Here we are with only 11 days left in 2011, and Project Conversion […]

Confession: Replacing Christ with a Middleman?

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No one likes a middleman. We constantly hear or see advertizements from merchants who “cut out the middleman” in order to save you money. Middlemen are also present within heavily bureaucratic systems (such as government) where one must cut through […]

The Sanctity of Doubt: A Thank You to Christopher Hitchens

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I was in the middle of writing a post about God and art when I discovered that Christopher Hitchens had died. The typing stopped and the reading began. Once upon a time, ol’ Hitch was my hero, along with the […]

Road Trip II: A Tour of Catholic Churches

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Jason, my Mentor this month, once explained the concept of the Holy Trinity (God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) by alluding to the notion that we humans are made in God’s image. He described how we ourselves are mind […]

Praying the Rosary, Understanding Christ

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I’ve got a thing for meditation/prayer beads. It all started in January when I began meditation on a string of 108 rudraksha beads, said to be sacred to Lord Shiva. Ever since, I’ve looked for them each month. Catholicism doesn’t […]

Advent: Welcoming Christ into the World

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Any of us with kids probably remember those last few weeks before our children were born. I was stressed out and excited with both of my girls (and it hasn’t let up yet). There was so much to do and […]

The First Ten Days: A Reflection on Being Catholic

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We are now ten days into our month of Catholicism (specifically Roman Catholicism), but as usual, it feels like a lifetime. I believe this feeling–this sense of being out of time with the rest of the world–comes from the intense […]

Hail Mary, Full of Grace…And Controversy.

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My wife, a fairly liberal Christian, is reading a novel called “My Son, the Savior” by Melody Carlson. The book is a fictional account of the Gospel and of Jesus’ life from Mary’s point of view. We get to see […]

Field Trip with my Mentor: Mepkin Abbey, South Carolina

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I love the monastic life. Ever since I stayed with the Buddhist monks at their monastery in Bolivia, North Carolina, I’ve contemplated their lifestyle, their values, practices, psychology, and devotion. In another life, I may have been or will become […]

Calling on the Communion of the Saints to Help with a Cold. Idolatry?

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Looks like I caught a nasty cold over the weekend. I rarely get sick, but when I do, I look/feel like death warmed over. You know the feeling: weakness, headaches, fatigue, sore…symptoms which inhibit an otherwise busy and vibrant daily […]

Laying Project Conversion at the Altar of my Marriage.

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My wife should have never married me. In fact, she should have said said no when I got particularly drunk on the night of September 23, 2003 and asked her out. I tried to break up with her, but she […]

Defining the Catholic Church. An Attempt to Pigeonhole 1/6th of Humanity

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What is the Catholic Church? Who is a Catholic? These are important questions, ones that I must understand as fully as possible if I am to successfully practice their faith this month. The first time we hear the term “catholic” […]

First Day as a Catholic, Last Month of the Year

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Good morning and welcome to my first day as a Catholic. This is also Project Conversion’s last month of the year. That statement seems impossible. Did we really make it this far? Are there really people who have followed me […]

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Today marks my official declaration of fidelity and discipleship to the Path of Immersion. Along with that declaration, I also invite you to join me in whatever capacity feels the most suitable. The Path of Immersion is not one which demands ...

posted 6:00:19am Jul. 09, 2012 | read full post »

Farewell, Project Conversion: The End of an Adventure
When I converted to Christianity at the age of 15, I assumed the faith with a passionate resolve. Despite the positive instruction from my pastor and others, I (for reasons I cannot explain) transformed into a fiery evangelist, launching ...

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