Converting to Catholicism, and keeping the good from Adventism

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Mike Senseney wrote the following on a Facebook forum, and he’s given permission for me to share this. He’s an ex-Adventist who found his way home to the Catholic Church.

Crucifixion, from Polittico di Valle Romita

Crucifixion, from Polittico di Valle Romita

Hi Teresa! You are absolutely correct about each of our personal limitations, and the need to learn and grow in and through the Bible and The Church and all who believe in Jesus regardless of the faith community to which they belong. When I was considering conversion to Catholicism, the dear priest with whom I spoke on several occasions told me to not forsake what I had learned as an SDA. This surprised me to hear coming from a Catholic priest. In fact, 10 years after those conversations, I am in a position where much of what I learned in Adventism, I find to be very beneficial. Our Parish recently began a door to door ministry in our community. It is growing in the number of Catholics who desire to participate, and it is being well received in the community. I am able to share with my brother and sister Catholics participating in this ministry, much of what I learned in the SDA denom as a student Literature Evangelist, as well as personal evangelistic techniques. The summers I spent in college working as a student LE were perhaps some of the best faith formation events of my life. And now as a Catholic, I can give a great big sincere thank you to Seventh-day Adventism for this gift of sharing the good news of Jesus door to door! I so strongly believe that with all the forces opposing those who believe in Jesus Christ, it is time all of us who proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior, begin to work with each other and not against each other. For all of us who profess that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, and the only way to eternal life, we should rally around that shared belief and join hands in this present, and rapidly approaching, age of darkness. God bless all!!!

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