From Cocaine to Catholic

by Steve Ray on February 4, 2011

cocaineREX1510_468x334Rob Grassley wrote his conversion story and posted it here. It was very popular. Now he wrote a letter to a friend explaining in simple terms why he became Catholic — and why they should to. You might enjoy this short defense of the faith written in a kindly way to a good friend.

It starts out: “A Gentle, Loving, Inclusive Apologia to an ex-Catholic Friend

I woke up thinking about one of our conversations last night. Which I had a blast doing by the way. I wanted to say that even though my research has lead me to the Catholic Church, I by no means think that there aren’t people living the Christian life better than a lot of Catholics. Maybe even most Catholics.

You guys are an example of that, as I’m sure a good portion of your church is. My whole thing is  purely factual. I, if you didn’t notice, have a serious case of OCD.

I have to know all that can be known about something before I can believe it (Thomas). I had to research to see if Jesus started a Church, if so, what did it look like, and is it still around today.

To read the whole letter, click here.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

ogunsusi vincent adedeji July 14, 2009 at 1:31 PM

your write up reminds me of my memories when i was in school it was where we develop our act of devotion and it was very memorable, a lot of people came to know much about the church because of our relationship with them and they embrace the faith

Rose Figtree July 15, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Thank you for the article. Having been raised a Catholic without much spirituality in the mix of strict dogma and adherence …. I have only recently found my Grace and returned to my Catholic Church and Faith… full of tradition, harmony, dysfunction and perfection…..but above all a place of sanctity to find a counterpoint to the balance and imbalance of daily life. Your comments sit well on reading but forget the special magic of Grace that descends on you when found. The awareness of signs sent. The answering of prayers in gentle quiet reminders of your specialness and place in the cosmos. The support of the Church is well and good but don’t override the dreadful wrongs of the Church and its responsibility and role in the divisive split from Martin Luther onwards. As the saying goes… Power corrupts and ultimate power corrupts ultimately…how clearly has the Catholic Church shown this adage to be? . Great wrongs have not been put right….humility of service, openness and the recognition of the many rooms of Gods home need to be addressed to welcome back all the many Protestants for they still have much to protest about. All Catholics must remember what it is that fuels the protestations and in your apologia give recognition to the fact that all is not right and listen openly to the protests and ensure avenues are open for dialogue of understanding and correction and for the Church to find its own humility and give its own penance. I think you were far too glossy with the truth in your comments regarding Poor Martin.

David February 4, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Hi Steve, the two links that appear on this page direct the reader to the same document, his conversion story. I think you intended to have the second link at the bottom of the page direct the reader to his gentle letter to his friend.

Thanks for all you do!

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