I am a former protestant that converted to the Catholic Church after becoming immersed in Catholic teaching and especially influenced by the mystical saints, most notably St. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila.
My journey began in my early teens by a fascination with St. Francis of Assisi. In college, by chance I was chosen to pose for a statue of St. Francis for a new Catholic Church being built in Fayette, Iowa by the same name. I have never seen the statue and wonder if it is still there as the artist told me that I would be able to recognize myself in the likeness. If anyone can ever visit the church and send me a picture of the statue I would be forever grateful.
After reading 3 or 4 catechisms of the faith and hundreds of books on theology, spirituality and biographies of saints I came into the Catholic faith on June 19th 1992 and it was without a doubt the most joyous occasion of my life. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the feast day of St. Francis fell on my birthday, October 4th. It seems that I had a Saint in heaven leading me towards an end that I had sworn I would never consider. So much for worldly pronouncements.
My interest in politics is driven by my traditional Catholic beliefs and my witness to the errosion of moral values in this country. My faith leads me to a belief that I share with our founders that our government should be small, unintrusive and based on Judaeo-Christian principles.
At times I will feature a few guest authors and they will be given credit on their posts.