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Sister Yolisa Rosario in Orocovis, Puerto Rico, shares her #WhyImCatholic story: When I first saw this post I thought: "That's a good question to ask ourselves." And I did. Why am I Catholic? First of all, I owe my faith to my family, my Puerto Rican culture. I am really grateful that I grew up surrounded by the values of our faith, with people that cared about transmitting it. That was the beginning. But... Why am I still a Catholic? And a nun, for that matter. I am Catholic and a Salesian Sister because I "met" God. To me, God is not a fictional idea or a philosophical or psychological comfort. To me God is real. I don't have a scientific way of proving it, but I know, because His interventions in my life are not fictional. I have lived them myself, nobody needs to tell me. Why Catholic? Because I believe in Jesus Christ and His Word. I believe what we can find in the Bible: the leadership of Peter, the intercession of our Mother Mary, the mystical and beautiful reality of the Eucharistic Presence. Those are gifts given to us by Jesus himself and, who are we to question him? I am Catholic because that is what my life is made of... and I wouldn't change it for the world.

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"I became a Catholic because my parents had me baptized and raised me in a faithful home. I'm Catholic now for the only reason any adult should be - because it's true. It's true that the Son of God became man, founded the Church, died for our sins, and rose from the dead. That was a painful and difficult time for the early Church. They shared their stories of faith, hope, and love, and the seed of the Church sprouted, bloomed, and flourished amidst persecution, heresy, corruption, war, ignorance, intolerance, and demonic attack. Those forces are still present in our world - even inside our beautiful Church. When I am confronted by doubts, I remind myself that our faith is not just a long history or a list of beliefs or a set of rituals - it's about a person - Jesus Christ, "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." I'm Catholic because it's true."

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From across the pond! Share on your own social account or submit to our site: cathext.in/2xBRxtE #WhyImCatholic “I was a communicant member of the Anglican church, but as such believed in all the Catholic faith teaches. When they ceased to do so I left them and was received into the Holy Catholic and Roman Church; I felt at home immediately—the Mass rite was the same (I had been in that part of the Anglican Church that used the Roman Rite) and the other Catholics were as my wife and I had known them, so it wasn't as such the wrench that it could have been. What I think is the glory of the Catholic Church though is her internationalism. A few years later I was helping at the local city university in their Catholic Society, and there I found Catholics of many nations, each group with their own faith traditions, but all united in the same sacraments under one pastor (as the old prayer for Christian unity has it). I remarked to the German wife of a visiting professor how wonderful it was to see; she replied that this is what it meant to belong to a truly Catholic church. We here in England have had our share of scandals that have rocked the Church and have caused some to question their faith, as is happening in America now. All I can offer is prayer, but linked with that I would ask you to realise that you are not alone—the whole Church is praying for you. The love of Our Lord Jesus Christ has spread across the whole world; hold on to Him because only in Him can true peace be found.” —Mel Harwood, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

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Submitted by Charlie Hallett:

"Today, many find it very difficult to remain Catholic amid the atrocities and abuses brought about by those who we may have always thought to be loving, close to Christ and perhaps most importantly of all, trustworthy. Many victims have been robbed of this idea, and consequently, many have been robbed of their faith. 

So why am I Catholic? I am Catholic because I believe the teachings of Catholicism to be true. I believe that Jesus Christ is begotten of the Father and is fully Divine. I believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus for my sin. I believe in the grace of the sacraments. I believe that Jesus founded His church on Peter, and that through apostolic succession, the Catholic Church founded then is the same Catholic Church we know now. This horrible sin that we see within our Church is not the Church itself, but it is evil within the Church that Christ founded. We need justice for victims, and we need healing in our Church. I believe the Church belongs not to the abusers or to those who cover up abuse, but to Christ. That is why I am Catholic."