Catholic Convert Eric Neubauer and His Amazing Story

I think it is always nice to hear from people who have converted to Catholicism. Being raised as a Catholic I don’t necessarily have the exact same experiences as them, and I love hearing about what drew them to convert and join the Church. It is amazing to hear their stories, and how much their change has affected their life. Often these are stories that inspire me to become more faithful, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the inspiration.

I recently read a post titled, “5 Year Later: An Inspired Catholic Convert”, and felt that it was worth sharing on the blog. The author Eric Neubauer has now been a Catholic for five years, and he has truly amazing story. Eric has already done so much for the Church, and this post describes his plans to do even more. He really is an impressive individual, and you should take some time to read about his conversion story and plans.

Actions Really Will Always Speak Louder Than Words

Spreading the word of God is something that all Catholics should strive to do in their lifetime. Sharing the happiness and grace of God’s word should be something that brings you great joy. I know I struggle to find ways to do this as often as I’d like to though. Nobody wants to be outwardly pushy about their faith, mostly because of how much that is frowned upon in American culture these days. I read a post recently that made me look at this in a different light though.

The post is called “What is Catholicism?”, and it talked a bit about how a wife influenced her husband to convert to Catholicism. It took her until he was 76 years old! That is a really long time, but apparently she never so much as spoke about it to him. She led such a good life that her husband was convinced by her actions alone that Catholicism was the right choice. I thought this was so powerful, and in line with the old saying “actions speak louder than words”. Sometimes that seems like an old cliched saying, but in this case I felt it couldn’t be more true. So be mindful of your actions, they might be having an effect on somebody!

Soccer Superstar Recently Converted to Catholicism

“The Argentinean daily La Nacion featured a story this week on the Dutch soccer player Wesley Sneijder, who scored the winning goal against Brazil in the World Cup quarter finals last week. The article revealed his conversion and baptism, which took place shortly before he traveled to South Africa for the tournament.

In an article entitled, “The Spiritual Goal of a Dutch Soccer Star,” journalist Mariano de Vedia said Sneijder arrived at the World Cup “completely renewed.”

“At the end of May he converted to Catholicism and was baptized in a chapel in Milan, where the brilliant soccer star plays for the Inter Soccer Team, receiving endless accolades.  He was influenced in his decision by his girlfriend, Dutch actress and model Yolanthe Cabau, who was born in the Spanish city of Ibiza and who he has decided to marry in the Church after the World Cup ends.”

“The faith gives me strength,” Sneijder said.  “My convictions often keep me strong and give me determination.  Everyday I pray the Our Father with her.  Before each game I always seek out a place to pray,” the soccer star added.”

I found this inspiring post over on The Catholic News Agency, it is titled, “Dutch soccer player who scored winning goal against Brazil is Catholic convert”. This soccer superstar has found strength and solace in being Catholic and it seems to be helping his already sterling playing abilities. Scoring the game winning goal against the Brazilians is quite a feat seeing as they were one of the top teams in the World Cup until Sneijder put them away with his goal. His teammate on his club team, Inter, as well as his wife-to-be were responsible for showing him the benefits of the Catholic Church and all it has to offer. It is great to see even successful athletes being brought to the faith even in their later years in life. It just goes to show that it is never to late to convert to Catholicism.

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