Johnny was a Pentecostal when he married his wife, Josephine, in 1978. It was only during Ascension Mass in 2016 at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea that he felt drawn to Catholicism. The main challenge he faced during his RCIA journey was understanding the role of Mary.
I spent most of my life not truly knowing Mary, even though I knew all of her prayers by heart. But a personal relationship with her only began a year ago, when I was struggling deeply with my history with men.
I was born in a non-Christian family, with parents who are devout Buddhists. As I grew, I had a negative impression of Christianity due to the - to put it bluntly - 'cheap marketing' of Jesus by the Evangelicals and Pentecostals.