When you become a Catholic, it may be that Mother Church gives you a spanking. That is to say, you may find things difficult and not to your liking. Many converts discover that things do not go their way. They are disappointed and let down. They are unappreciated. The church is bigger and stranger and tougher than they thought.
If so, don't be discouraged. It was so with the great Cardinal Newman. Everything he tried to do was undermined or misunderstood. He was suspected and ostracized and pushed to one side.
Father Peter Cornwell is an English Catholic priest who was once the vicar of the University Church in Oxford, as was Newman. He writes here of Newman's struggles.
So if you are in a similar situation, and the Catholic Church doesn't give you all the love you thought you deserved, take heart. If things are difficult and you feel 'far from home', dig out your hymnal and sing Newman's hymn Lead Kindly Light in a loud and hearty voice. If the Catholic Church is not all that you wanted it to be, stop and ask yourself…
What did you want anyway — a bed of roses or a Crown of Thorns?