I wanted to call this blog work in progress, but that name was already taken so I called it Scot in progress. I’m a Scottish mother who’s made the difficult journey from Calvinism to Catholicism, with a long spell in agnosticism along the way. The Catholic church has given me the freedom to still be a work in progress. I don’t have all the answers, I’m still struggling, but I’m trying to turn towards God.
I’m writing this to share, as well as better understand myself, where I am now, and how I got there. I’m not good at theology. This is just a personal point of view. Part of the reason I started writing this blog was that other people’s stories about how they struggled with the differences between Protestant and Catholic teaching, helped me when I was thinking about converting.
I’ve written some articles on the big issues I struggled with and I’ll link to them here. First of all, if anyone wants to know how I went from wanting nothing to do with churches to becoming Catholic, I’ve written about it here.
The real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
The Virgin Mary
Confession is now known as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I’ve come to prefer the second term, because it offers an opportunity to become reconciled with God at times when we feel that we’ve drifted away. This was a big stumbling block for me, although I look back now and see that it was absolutely necessary.
The Communion of Saints. I struggled a lot with this one, too. Well, to be honest, I retained my pride and prejudices and didn’t think it was important.
Saved by grace or by works? I’m not going to pretend that I understand this one. This blog post is just about my feelings after experiencing both the Protestant and the Catholic side.
Being received into the church didn’t by any means mark a point where I had it all sorted. The journey is still going on and I’ve been struggling with doubt. I felt that it wouldn’t be fair to write a blog about faith without also writing about the difficult bits. Here are links to a few of these posts.
My blogger name Canach is the Gaelic word for bog cotton, a small white flower which grows on the moorland in the spring and summer.