Rosemary is author of six books on mental health and inspirational poetry. She is a motivational speaker and a volunteer peer advocate.
Hello dear friends and family and hubpage writers,
I have gone back and forth about this for a long time.
I was saved (born again) on 12/26/2009.
I felt moved like never before. I had a moment of bliss that lasted two hours. I felt like an alien or a person whose home was not on earth, but in heaven, and that I was only to be here for a certain amount of time. I truly felt for the first time that heaven was my home, and this was not my home.
It was remarkable. I suddenly felt less depressed. Which led to me getting on better meds and my life gradually improving over time.
I feel now at this moment, on this very day, that this day and time in my life is the most spiritually evolved I've ever been, and healthiest mentally and emotionally, that is to say I've matured and feel like a real adult.
Benefits of both
But why the born again the catholic you say?
Well, I was raised catholic and I know the catholic church has a lot to offer. It has SCORES of saints and heroes who gave their life for God. This is what inspired me in the first place at age 15 to offer my life to God, for God, and for not only my own salvation but to help others get there.
A year later I got bipolar. Before that I was completely healthy.
Well. So, that being said, the catholic church was my foundation. But I wrongly was taught that I was earning my way to heaven. Which is false.
Ephesians ch 2 says, "By grace are ye saved thru faith not by works lest any man should boast".
We cannot earn heaven. It's a free gift from God of salvation that when we ACCEPT Jesus and ask Him to forgive us and save us and enter our heart, HE WILL.
On that day in 2009, my life really changed.
So, yes I will say, I really benefited from the born again way of life, "Unless a man is born again, he shall not enter the kingdom of heaven".
So, yes. But even after I was born again, I still find protection and consolation in Mary's arms, so to speak.
I wear the miraculous medal and when I do, I feel safer and less depressed.
It certainly works for me, as a sacramental.
I don't worship Mary. But the thing I know about Mary is that satan is most afraid of her. And that is WHY I cannot let her go. I need that in my life.
She being a human BLESSED by God in many ways, and chosen by God to be the mother of the God-man, Jesus, is the MOST FRIGHTENING THING TO THE EVIL SPIRITS, because Mary crushes the head of them. She DEFEATS THEM. She is not more powerful than God, but because God allows her to crush them, they are so HUMILIATED.
You recall how the main sin of Lucifer is pride? So you see how his most pain is brought on by humiliation.
Sometimes when you're not sure which one is right, or you don't feel fulfilled by one or the other, I say do both. So, I feel I get benefits from both.
I am just going by what I sense and feel. I don't have all the answers. I am just sharing my thoughts with you.
schoolgirlforreal (author) on April 12, 2021:
Thank you so much for your comment, and viewing my article, I appreciate it!
It's complicated. All I know is that having a relationship with Jesus is my #1 priority.
I also find good things in the catholic church like Mary as an example of many virtues and the saints.
It's not easy doing what is given to us in the 10 Commandments.
if it weren't' for Jesus, we would still be in Judaism sacrificing animals for sin, when Jesus died for our sin and became THE sacrifice- we got the gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell in us.
All we have to do is ASK God to come into our heart and forgive us our sin, each time we sin. And God , once we invite Him in, will help us, even though we all fall at times.
We need God desperately, especially in these crazy days.
Psalm 91 the psalm of protection "we shall be protected from plagues"
God is good
Let us praise Him!
I love the bible and I love bible churches.
Mark Richardson from Utah on April 11, 2021:
The older I get, the more I want to build on common beliefs and to be inclusive, rather than divisive. While I am not a Catholic, there are aspects of it that I believe to be true. I think the Pope is doing great things and doing the best he can.
schoolgirlforreal (author) on April 01, 2021:
I think part of it is my family.
Some are catholic some born again. I just try to follow Jesus
schoolgirlforreal (author) on April 01, 2021:
Hi DW Davis ,
My mom taught me and yes she is/was wrong.
I think she understands better, but not positive
I agree with you,
Thanks for pointing that out
It's also a misconception many born agains believe
Although many Catholics go to mass out of obligation and therefore are not sincere
So we need guidance and integrity.
In order to become heaven bound, or a saint, we MUST ask God for it SPECIFICALLY and be willing to suffer our cross as a result.
However I found my life improved after my born again experience.
I have tried both seperately.
My personal fulfillment is with both or combination of the two.
Ive in other words learned from both.
Therefore i keep both.
DW Davis from Eastern NC on April 01, 2021:
If the people at your Catholic parish taught you that you had to earn your way to Heaven, then they were ill-informed and, you are right, they mis-educated you.
This is not consistent with Catholic teaching. The Church teaches that good works follow from faith and wanting to live one's faith.