My personal Faith Journey as a Roman Catholic Utilizing Fowler's Stages of Faith

My personal Faith Journey as a Roman Catholic Utilizing Fowler
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My Personal Faith Journey as a Roman Catholic in the Context of Fowler’s Stages of Faith Name of the Student Religion and Theology Name of the Concerned Professor November 4, 2011 My Personal Faith Journey as a Roman Catholic in the Context of Fowler’s Stages of Faith I was born in a typical middle class Irish Roman Catholic household, and my parents were devout Catholics…

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I distinctly remember one day I picked up a candy from a store, and my mother took me back to the store, to return the candy and to apologize for stealing. For days I believed that I had tainted my soul, for which I needed to beg forgiveness from God. During my childhood days the Church services were very traditional. I still remember that at that time the Mass was said in Latin. I attended the Mass more out of an allegiance to family practices, without really understanding as to what was being said. The Church fascinated me and I listened to the Jesus stories with rapt attention and interest. I very soon realized that there existed different approaches to faith such as the Catholics and the Protestants. However, my grandparents being from Ireland often spoke unfavorably of Protestants. So in a way I preferred to imitate their views regarding religion by holding that there was only one true approach towards faith as espoused by the Roman Catholic Church. I must say I experienced an exposure to different religions not until my teens. Most of my friends were Catholics and we avidly participated in the activities organized by CYO (Catholic Youth Organization). At the age of 13 I felt a strong desire to devote my life to the service of God and humanity. ...
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