I was raised Protestant, attended parochial schools, and graduated from a Protestant college. Coming from that strongly Protestant background, it took a lot of study for me to decide that Catholicism is the right place for me, and I came into Catholicism through the Byzantine Rite.
I now live in a city that doesn’t have any Eastern Catholic parishes, so I attend a Roman Catholic parish, which has allowed me a much deeper understanding of the crisis faced by the Roman Rite parishes in my beloved Catholic Church. Recently, my priest became a victim of false allegations, and at this point I am determined to help correct the crisis the Church is currently undergoing.
The theme of Christianity is that redemption was acquired for us by Jesus. We Christians all realize that His death brought us salvation, but we rarely think about the fact that while He was “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross,” He actually started out in obedience to the Father’s Will by condescending to become one of us in the first place! The essence of Christianity is, indeed, following Jesus’ example with the attitude of “Thy Will be done.”