My Spiritual Beginnings – Part Two

When I was about 5 years old, while sitting in the back of the car, my dad drove by a Knights of Columbus Hall on it with a big colorful shield on it.  I asked my dad about it, and his comments were along the lines of “Oh, that is a Catholic Men’s group, kinda like the Masons.”

In my mind I said “I will be able to go in there some day.  From that day forward every time I passed one of those Halls, I would think, some day I would be going in there.  For a while, not too long ago, and before I started looking at my faith even deeper, I lived with my sister in Maryland, and not too far was a Knights Hall.  I told myself specifically that one day I would be able to go into THAT Hall…

That said, at the time my family was Methodist and didn’t have a good thought about Catholics, not that I knew the difference at the time.

As I finished high school, I joined the Army and went off on my own to face the world, and for several months did not go to Church, except at Basic, just for the break.  After all my training I was initially assigned to Germany, were a few months after I got there, I was assigned a new room mate, Charlie, who was Native American, of the Mescalero tribe of the Apache Nation.  We became good friends and I liked what I saw in him.  Due to a family death, his father, he returned to the States after only a few months however.

When I left Germany, I had a short layover in El Paso Texas, which I still kinda call home, why who knows, and while there, Charlie showed up on my door step and asked if I would come to the Reservation with him.  I did, and ended up spending my entire leave time up there.

Stay tuned for part three! 😉

In Christ!

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My Spiritual Beginnings – Part One

I was born into a Methodist family, and raised in the Methodist Church.   For many years I went to Sunday School most weekends, and many summers were partially spent in week long Bible Study Day Camps.  (We went home each day, but came back the next day.)  It was, and is, a good foundation in the Christian faith, but didn’t feel right as I came into my teenage years.  I still went to Church with the parents, but inside I wasn’t sure I was in the right place.  Even in high school I started looking at other faith systems through the library and friends at school that went to other Christian centric Churches and participated in other faith systems.

During this time, from my 15th Birthday (that night actually) until the night before my 18th Birthday I dreamed, EVERY NIGHT, of being clothed in a white robe with a brown hooded thing over it, and a blue belt holding it all together.  Hanging on the rope was a beaded item with a crucifix (I called it a cross in my dreams not knowing the difference), and around the neck was another, oddly (to me) shaped crucifix as well.  I can remember in this dream trying to change the “habit” as I now know it from what it was to an all back or all brown habit, with a white rope, as that was what I had seen in the movies of the time, with Friar Tuck, and others.  It never worked though, I kept coming back to that habit…

This is what I saw myself dressed as!

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