From Narnia to Middle Earth: An Unexpected Journey into the Catholic Church

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“It’s–it’s a magic wardrobe.  There’s a wood inside it, and it’s snowing, and there’s a Faun and a witch and it’s called Narnia; come and see.” –Lucy, from ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis

The Wardrobe to Narnia

Since my childhood, I always loved Lewis’ stories about the adventures in Narnia.  It was through stories like the ones about Narnia which helped me realize that this was the way we usually come to understand the real and true things of life.  As I began to wonder about who God is, I got to introduced to characters such as Aslan, Mr. Tumnus, and Lucy.  Through stories told creatively and beautifully, I came to not just know but also love the goodness and truth concerning the God.narniawardrobe

During my first 18 years, I grew up in a family that taught me to love Jesus and His Word as…

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4 thoughts on “From Narnia to Middle Earth: An Unexpected Journey into the Catholic Church

  1. I was so excited to read your story in the Coming Home Network Newsletter! I am a 1991 Cedarville Grad that came home to the Catholic Church in 2005 with my husband David (I think he may have already left a comment for you) and our 6 kids (now we have 9!). So glad to hear how you are in seminary!!! We have been praying for holy priests and nuns and we will keep you in our prayers. Let us know if there are any particular ways we can pray for you and if you are ever in Southwest Ohio we would love to welcome you into our home for a visit. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog posts. May God give you fortitude, perseverance and JOY in all your efforts of faith!

    • Linda! Thank you for your encouraging comments! It seems God always finds new ways to surprise us! You are the first Cedarville grad I have talked with who has become Catholic. Please pray that my heart may continue to be drawn closer to Christ while at seminary and that He may bring deeper conversion to the parts of my life that I struggle to respond with total “Yes!” to Him. Particularly ask for the intercession of St. Joseph, that He may pray for continued growth in the virtues so I may be a Holy Priest that can be a bridge to Jesus for the people I encounter in life.

  2. Hello Michael,
    I just read your testimony on the Coming Home Network website. My husband (Brett Smith) and I (Melissa Mathews Smith) are both 2008 Cedarville grads, so we were probably there one of the years that you were although I don’t recall meeting. Thank you so much for sharing your story. We are also on a journey towards the Church and just started RCIA this fall. It was encouraging to read your story which is similar to ours in many ways and realize that there is someone that understands what we are going through. We just wrote a letter to friends and family to explain our reasons for joining RCIA. The responses we have received have ranged from sad and bewildered to downright nasty. It has been difficult to concentrate on study and discernment ( there are still significant issues that we are theologically wrestling with) with all the emotional turmoil in our life. We would appreciate your prayers.

    • Melissa and Brett! Thank you for your leaving some comments! It is a joy to hear of other Cedarville Alumni who are seeking deeper communion with Christ in the Catholic Church. Since the posting of the article, I have heard from four or five graduates from Cedarville who have entered the Catholic Church. There is now even a small facebook group page where we check in with each other and see how things are going! Please know you are definitely in my prayers! The first months and years of conversion can be the most difficult! The relationship between my parents and I was very strained (we barely talked with each other the first year) and now being at Seminary my parents have come out to visit me at the seminary and have even sat in on some of my classes I am taking. There are going to be surprising joys and difficult pains on this journey. But these two realities are at the heart of our faith with Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection showing us the path we follow Him on. Christ is never far from us with the presence of Him in the Eucharist! He also will bring comfort in often surprising ways! I will pray that God will bring deeper peace and a desire to understand by those friends and family who are most hurt by your decision to seek communion! God bless you both!

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