I signed up a sponsor, and have decided on “Thomas” as my confirmation name, so it’s all taking concrete form.
A couple of people have asked me why I’m converting. I’ve told them it’s because Christianity is the Incarnation, and the Incarnation makes no sense unless it’s very important for God to have a particular concrete presence among us that can be recognized and relied on. But if that’s so, it’s hard to see why the necessity would vanish with the Ascension. It seems then that the divine presence must continue with us in some concretely knowable and authoritative way, but I don’t see how that can be unless the Catholic Church is what it says it is. I don’t see any other good candidates.
If there is no one with ultimate teaching authority, Christianity eventually becomes—like Protestant Christianity—a sort of combination of philosophy and poetry. If that’s enough for us, it’s not clear why Plato and Confucius weren’t enough or why we needed Christ instead. Becoming a Catholic is really, I think, the only way to be coherently Christian
I continue to read the catechism for my tutorials in the faith, and just finished the section on confession. Since I’ve never done it, it seems like my confession before getting received and confirmed will take a while. Will I have to say 100,000 Hail Marys, or is there a quantity discount? No doubt all will be made clear.