Journey to Christendom – The Freedom Dance

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In accordance with c. 827, permission to publish is granted on January 13, 2010 by Very Reverend John F. Canary, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Permission to publish is an official declaration of ecclesiastical authority that the material is free from doctrinal and moral error. No legal responsibility is assumed by the grant of this permission.

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Journey to Christendom – The Freedom Dance

Journey is my first book. As the title hints, it is the story of my journey to freedom with Christendom as my destination. Christendom in the sense I am using the moniker represents a mystical land with a Heavenly origin. It is imbued with a sense of integrity, a place where Heaven meets earth, where we live as re-integrated beings, as manifestations of the prayer Jesus taught us to pray:

“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Journey to Christendom relates my conversion to Catholicism, the story of my own journey out of the dark forest of misguided and spiritually carcinogenic philosophies and into the sunlight on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed leading toward the mystical, Heavenly Kingdom in the distance. This is the telling of how my life came to be so very different than anything I ever imagined as a youth in the small town of Guymon, Oklahoma during the sixties and seventies. It is a story I felt compelled to write, one that I had a burning desire to tell that others might know  what has taken place over the course of my life:

“I had no idea growing up as a Christian-thinking, mainstream, and popular young man in the great state of Oklahoma in the 1960’s and most of the 1970’s that I would end up living a life that runs so absolutely obtusely with American culture. But that is what has happened, and I am writing to tell you how it all came about.” ~ From the Introduction

In Journey to Christendom, you will meet some of my Heavenly friends whose mission is to lead me to this Kingdom on the Trail of the Dogmatic creed:

One day
I was walking
Through a forest

In an open field I saw an
Unusual scene
There, a group of bright,
Smiling people were,
Dancing

I should say they were
Traveling
For they were dancing and
Moving toward
A destination I could not see

They were happy and danced
With freedom
You could sense the grace in
Their movements
I had never seen such beauty

~ From Chapter 9 of Journey to Christendom

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In fact, I relate how one of my Heavenly friends inspired me to start writing:

And so, one day as I was reading, and realizing that God always brings me the friendship of saints when I need them, strong souls having won the victory on earth and who join us in the Church militant to fight the battles history still demands of us, and knowing that Joan of Arc had been introduced into my life for a reason, I said a simple prayer: “St. Joan of Arc, pray that I might have the courage to follow God’s will faithfully as you did, give me courage, Joan of Arc!” Well, I picked up my book to read some more, and I got to the section where Joan, having been sanctioned by Charles VII to go forth and build an army, began distributing honors on those who would ride with her as members of her household. And the most prominent position in the household, being the standard-bearer himself, riding into battle at Joan’s very side, was to be the Paladin! And the words she spoke to him rang with sweetness and joy in my heart that leapt again as it had when I first heard of that blessed and heavenly icon at the church of St. Stanislaus Kostka. These words were:

“I watched you on the road. You began badly but improved. Of old you were a fantastic talker, but there is a man in you, and I will bring it out.”

After which Joan added:

“Will you follow where I lead?”

It was then that I put the book down and began to type.

~From Chapter 5

The book is filled with polemics:

Now, getting to my purpose of writing openly about this business that I have told you in the previous chapter, this living, burning Catholic Dogma in my soul and how it came to be there, that is quite straightforward, and it may surprise you. For, despite the firestorm of polemical argumentation to which you were just subjected, it is not for the sake of wearisome polemics or with the intention of proving a power-driven argument as many suppose is the only objective of the religious dogmatist. ~ From Chapter 2

But is driven by love for my fellow man:

“No, the reason I write the story of how this dogma of God’s Church came to be so alive in my soul is that it is driven by love, love of God and love of my fellow man, that is, a universal, objective, God-based love. ~ From chapter 2

Journey ends with what I thought was all I needed to say; though, not known to me at the time, I would find that this was only the beginning.

“The path of the Dogmatic Creed of the Apostolic Fathers, the great and holy Tradition, Scriptures and Magisterial teachings, handed down to us from the Apostles and protected by the Holy Roman Catholic Church, is the joyous path to freedom, and you have many friends waiting to dance with you to that great City of God. I am hoping to make it across the rest of the beautiful plain and to finally run toward the gates myself with my family and friends. I hope we all see each other there.” ~ From Chapter 12

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