Preparing for Baptism as an Adult: My Decision to Become Catholic

I was an adult when I made the decision to become Catholic and prepared to be baptized.  In fact I remember the exact date:  December 13, 1979.

Those who attended, thought it was because I was getting married, but in reality, my then boyfriend and I had not decided to tie the knot at that point.  We waited several months before we became engaged.

You see, becoming Catholic was not something I did to get married.  Oh sure, I could have done that, gotten married and never set foot in a church again until the next wedding or baptism, but that's not how I wanted to do it.

I wanted to take it seriously.  I was going to become Catholic whether I got married or not and that was kind of scary.  I knew God was calling me, but I didn't know what was going to happen after that.

Pandora Bracelet

Faith, Hope & Charity

Looking back, I would have hoped that I would have joined another parish and continued my journey, but to be honest, I think I would have found it a lot harder without my husband.  I'm an outgoing person, but walking into a strange church by myself would have been a bit daunting.  My husband gives me confidence without even saying a word.

When I told our daughter that my baptism didn't guarantee that her dad and I would have gotten married, she was blown away!

In the end, it worked out for all of us. ;-)


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