Originally Posted by cagnew
Shellie: COngrats on coming to the Church! Welcome home
It can be very frustrating looking for a Catholic Church that is orthodox. I would just pray and ask God to lead you where He wants your family to be. In the meantime, it's good to be on guard when learning about the faith. One of the awesome things about the Catholic Church is that all Her teachings are there for you to look up. If something doesn't sound right (right advocating vasectomies), you can look it up pretty easily in the catechism or other Church documents. It's all written down
As for the veil, you can wear one even if others don't. It's a little uncomfortable, but you get used to it. A handfull of women wear them at my Church, so I don't mind, but when we travel I always dread going to random churches b/c I feel like I stick out. I wear it anyway and offer it up....
That being said, I am preparing for a VBAC and I am terrified. My last birth was very traumatic
I am NOT looking forward to birthing this one. At all. I'm happy about the baby, I just wish it would just, uh, appear one night instead of having to be birthed,
I am only 15 wks so I have plenty of time to get revved up....
I love the fact that everything is there for me to look up if I have questions. It feels so good to have that firm foundation after having been to so many churches who's teachings are based on peoples interpretation of the Bible, which can differ so much from others.
Is the Latin Mass all in Latin or is it a mix of Latin and English? How else is it different from the English one?
I'm not sure how I'll deal with it if dh wants a vasectomy after we have our third baby (if it's God's will that we get pregnant again). He has been saying since before our first was born that he wants one, and it comes up after each birth. Once our very colicky newborn was about 8 months old dh agreed to go off birth control and trust God (or the Universe in his terms), but I dont know if that will last after another. Pregnancy and birth are pretty hard on my body (nothing major, but almost constant sciatica pain, insomnia, hard births, etc) so that would be difficult for him to watch happen over and over again. I guess I'll just deal with it when the time comes and may be posting for advice when/if it happens.
I read a lot of Mother Teresa, Teresa of Avila, and other mystic and spiritual writings and really am inspired by them. They stir devotion in me that has been dormant since I was a madly-in-love-with-Jesus youth who wanted to be a missionary pilot (I did end up a pilot, although I'm not flying now), andI want to be around other people who feel that way. It makes me feel disappointed when I see so many people come into mass late and leave early, and not seem too interested to be there, but I know there are a lot of people there who are devout, whether it's obvious to me or not, and think I need to focus on my own relationship with God & not let the status quo keep me from opening up & growing as much as I can.
I was quite happy with my last RCIA evening actually. There were different leaders and I felt very enriched by it, as well as having some of my many questions answered. I think I'll try out at least the other parish near me, and see how I like it, but will keep going to this RCIA & Sunday mass unless I feel like the other would be better.
Would any of you Catholic ladies find it presumptuous of a newcomer to be wearing a veil? I almost started head covering before I was going to a Catholic Church, since I'd been reading about it in the Bible, and from different headcovering womens blogs, but have been unsure if God wants me to or not. I feel like I would like to during prayer but try to pray throughout the day so would have to wear one all the time, and don't know if I'm comfortable doing that yet. If I was single or married to a Christian I would probably be, but don't want dh to think I'm strange.
My VBAC was very difficult but I always felt like it was worth it to birth my little girl vaginally & am thankful I was able to. I pray for God's will in yours, however it plays out. I know that fear though, and think I'll probably go through it again next time I see the two pink strips! If ONLY those little ones COULD just appear in our arms!
I don't know how to get quotes from two different posts so may do another reply later.