Welcome to my kitchen. Sit down and share a cup with me. My name is Kathy, and I desire to share my conviction with fellow Christians or anyone inquisitive about the Catholic way of life. And especially, I wish to reach out to those who might be searching . . .

I’ll tell you a little bit about myself: my formative years, a glance into my past, and the reason I wish to create and contribute to this website.

My father and mother lived and died as devout Catholics, giving their five children a great foundation. It saddens me now to realize that my four older brothers who grew up in the sixties and seventies went their hippie ways in those days of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, and that I, too, started to lose my footing. Only three years after my Confirmation in the Church, still a teen and not quite married, I became pregnant while engaged to a non-practicing Christian.

I fell away from the Catholic church when we got married by a Justice of the Peace. Not long after, while we were raising two young children, my husband joined his sister’s religion, Jehovah’s Witnesses, of which I was vehemently opposed.

A friend of mine advised me the best thing I could do was to study the Bible for debating my husband with confidence. My friend was a Baptist, and I soon found myself attending her church. Oh, how convoluted our lives became!

I have a lot more to say about the twists and turns ensuing from all of that, but let’s simply fast-forward to 2009 when I got the courage and the welcomed nudging of the Holy Spirit leading me back to my beloved Catholic church.

And now I feel a sort of calling to bring God and Christianity back into dialog in a troubling autonomous society that has little knowledge of, or concern about God and God’s love, mercy and strength while journeying here on earth and into all eternity.

What is your story?

Does it feel as though the mere mention of anything Christian is received like taboo, like an awful stigma that must remain suppressed? May your faith and joy be shared and not marginalized. I care. I pray for the faithful. Catholics should encourage one another.

Or, my Friend, are you trying to find your way back to God who loves you more than you could ever imagine, but are stuck in a holding pattern for some reason? I pray for you above all.

Both of these circumstances I know well. Come back for a visit. I’ve so much to share!

Kathleen Bennett