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A Note About Catholic Internet Forums
I was very hesitant to put links to online catholic forums because ,frankly, I don't like them and I don't think they are a very good way to introduce people seeking information about the RCC to the catholic community.
There is a very popular forum that I won't name that everyone is steered towards when they first inquire about becoming a catholic or returning to the faith. This forum along with most others I've been to is populated by people who may call themselves catholics but who are anything but that. Kindness and charity go out the window on these forums as soon as someone makes an unpopular opinion known or tries to inform someone of an error they've made when trying to engage with visitors. I had been a heavy user of that forum for a few years and finally had to leave it as it became more hostile and unwelcoming. There is a saying and I will paraphrase it here: "The quickest way to get someone to not become a christian is to introduce them to a christian."
If anyone has ever been on facebook or twitter you know what I'm getting at. Catholic forums usually start out with the best of intentions but soon become overwhelmed by arrogant people who want to flex their muscle by bullying and besting everyone else around them. It doesn't help when the founders of these forums gain some celebrity in catholic circles and let too much of their influence drive what goes in the forum. When a celebrity apologist with his own forum decides to make that an extension of his public persona, nothing good comes of it. Instead of open, honest dialogue meant to engage new seekers and welcome back our fallen away brothers and sisters what viewers are treated to are egotists who are bent on scoring points with their cadre of followers instead of evangelising visitors with warmth and compassion.
If ever this forum turns over a new leaf and gets back to its saner, more humble roots I will be the first to shout it from the mountain tops. For now I suggest staying with the blogs, reading good books and actually getting out and talking to real catholics in the flesh.
Go to the Mass. No one will jump on you asking if you want to join up-I promise.
Go to a catholic bookstore. The people who work there can steer you towards appropriate books on catholicism.
Talk to a priest or other religious at your nearest parish or at your diocese. They are their to help anyone who has questions or a need that they can't get help with anywhere else.
Holy Spirit has a way of guiding you towards the right places to start your journey. Ask Him for guidance and where to find appropriate role models-people living a life devoted to Christ.
And remember above all else, God adores you just how you are and is ready to walk alongside you as you seek a deeper relationship with his son Jesus Christ and a deeper spiritual friendship with his Blessed Mother Mary.
Thank you for visiting and Many Blessings and Love. Gabby