Friday, September 23, 2011

From Baptist to Catholic

by Steve Ray on September 23, 2011

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Stacy Trasancos

Stacy is a Catholic convert from the Baptist tradition. A former chemist, Stacy is now a stay at home mom pursuing a MA in Theology at Holy Apostle’s College and Seminary.

I am Catholic, simply, because I am alive. I began conversion in 2004 and entered into Communion with the Catholic Church in 2006. That I know of, I have a full decade of children to remember when I pray the Rosary, seven whom I am raising and three whom I never held in my arms. My life these 42 years has been full of self-induced pain. Today I know deep joy and peace because I am accepting the abundances of Truth and Love. I’m telling my story because as shameful as it is, it is real and needs to be told so others will know the dangers of life without a moral compass.

I grew up as the oldest of three in Texas with a loving family and wonderful parents. Some people say that babies are born atheists because they can’t believe in God, but my first memories were naturally of God, of being awed by the world and my ability to do new things, and of loving my family with all my heart. I spent a lot of time outdoors and on my paternal grandparents’ farm with their young daughter who was like a big sister to me. There was never any doubt that I was loved and that I could make people happy. Those are my first memories.

I was a naturally shy child. The first time I remember fear is not from a dangerous or physically painful situation, but at my second birthday party surrounded by so many people. I didn’t know what they expected of me, and I remember hiding in my room with my maternal grandmother. She is the one who later taught me to read my Bible daily and write down my prayers. I still have them because my mother saved them for me.

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Our pilgrimage ended with blessing the religious items purchased, a delicious and bitter-sweet farewell dinner, an evening walk thru Krakow Central Market and farewells.

A lot of pilgrims offered comments and praise for this remarkable pilgrimage. Everyone was surprised by the cleanliness, friendliness, spirituality and enterprise of Poland. All said it far exceeded their expectations.

We plan to organize another Poland trip in the near future. Keep your eye on on our website for pilgrimages to Israel, Rome, St. Paul Cruises, Ireland, Lourdes & Fatima, Poland and more.

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