As a child I was told the Catholic Church was an outdated greedy institution. I never thought about being Catholic, in fact, I didn’t think about church at all. I had a broken home where my dad began to sell drugs which eventually landed him in jail. My mother was busy with being a waitress so there was no parental guidance. My older brother really didn’t like me and there simply was not a relationship with my older sister. I was truly at a lost with anything in life, it simply did not make sense. In high school I grew tired of being the typical jock and by second semester of senior year I knew I didn’t want to accept any scholarship offers to play football in community college. All of my friends went that route but I felt something different. It was June 6, 1999 and I came to be baptized in a protestant church. I found a peace I had never known, but it was short lived. After falling away into drugs and alcohol I ended up married. This went really bad as I was far away from God once again. As you might expect within a couple of months of being married we were not speaking to one another. I was tired of drinking and the night life. I turned to God once again at a protestant church. This only divided me all the more and one night during an argument she told me to choose between God or her. I yelled “I CHOOSE GOD!” I left the house the next day and we divorced. About a year later I met a lady (my current wife) and we bonded immediately. She was the first Catholic that could answer questions about the Church. She invited me to Mass while in perfect charity she would attend my church with me. It was shortly after this that through my girlfriend God gave me a spiritual slap in the face and I realized for the first time in my life the beauty of Holy mother Church. We were married in Dec. of 2007 and I was received into the Church during the Easter Vigil of 2008. I just started a men’s group at my parish where I meet with men every week to discuss the issues and challenges we face as men. I’m a Eucharistic minister, I have a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament, I’m a EWTN media missionary, I am a member of the Rosary confraternity, I’m a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus member, and I am working on a Theology degree so I can teach religion in a school. I am a father to two beautiful daughters and we are anticipating the arrival of our 3rd child any day now. I am so appreciative of being a New Creation in Christ!