My name is Thomas Andrew. After two years, I am finally getting around to launching this blog. I am not really sure what I want to do with it yet, maybe a bit of everything, so I suppose it will be a great adventure. In the meantime, here is a little about myself:
I am a 31-year old convert to the faith. I was born and baptized into a loving Lutheran family. While still in elementary school, my parents left the Lutheran church to join an Evangelical Free “non-denominational” church. I have very fond memories of my time there, and was encouraged in my faith by some wonderful Christian men and women. My Christian upbringing would best be described as fundamentalist in its outlook. When I graduated from high school and went to college, I found myself unprepared for the challenges of reconciling this point of view with the real world. My faith was shaken and finally lost as I struggled to unite my understanding of faith and reason.
Upon graduation, I was commissioned into the US Air Force. At this time, I considered myself an agnostic. A few years later, my cousin came to a renewed Christian faith in the Orthodox Church. He encouraged me to give Christianity another shot, and to investigate the Bible, along with the numerous writings of the early Church Fathers. This gave me a far different perspective of Christianity than I had previously known, both in terms of belief, morality and Church authority. Though I still struggled with my fundamentalist upbringing, especially when it came to how modern science fit into the Genesis account, the desire for God in my life put my doubts on a temporary hold. I was consoled in that the more I learned about ancient Christianity, the more I realized that it was so much more than a literalistic rendering of certain scriptural accounts. Three years later, in 2008, I was received into Catholic Church. It was the best day of my life.
I am unmarried, and still praying about vocations. I intend on going to law school next year, but want to spend time on this blog for my own sake, and to bring others to the wonderful truth that is Jesus Christ, and his Church. I hope to share my thoughts, my struggles, and my journey with whoever wants to read. I try to follow God’s will, but I admit that I still greatly struggle from time to time with my own shortcomings, and even with my faith. Still, I believe that with Jesus Christ anything is possible.