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      This website is dedicated to Saint Irenaeus of Lyons. It was his  
witness to the truth that led me to the place of peace and  
understanding that I searched for all my adult life. I have chosen him as  
my patron saint because he is the lynch pin of my theology. He has  
been called the Church's first systematic theologian because he  
certainly had a very deep understanding of the scripture and quoted  
from it often in his works, something that I deeply admire. He was the  
first to affirm the four gospels that have been passed down to us. He  
was also a second generation bishop with one direct descendant from  
the Apostle John. Irenaeus was a disciple of Polycarp, a bishop and a  
disciple of the Apostle John. He is primarily responsible for refuting  
the Gnostic heresy that had become so common in the second century  
that denied the oneness of God. He defended the Catholic faith that  
was taught by the Apostles as he received it from those who were his  
predecessors. For Irenaeus Apostolic teaching was everything. He  
believed that the Apostles were given a perfect knowledge of the faith  
by the Holy Spirit. For him what he received was to be believed. This  
website is also dedicated to those who like I seek the truth. Whether it  
be by Scripture or Holy Tradition, the  things passed on orally.  
Modernity or modern thinking has abandoned early Church history  
and thinking  for the most part and reduced truth to one's personal  
interpretation. Thus Christianity has been reduced to a mere rational  
ascent of the mind. In other words we have gone from a supernatural,  
revealed religion to a naturalistic religion that denies authentic  
Apostolic teaching.  Click on the underlined link to the left for a short  
biography of Irenaeus.
“Error never shows itself in its naked reality, in
order not to be discovered. On the contrary, it
dresses elegantly, so that the unwary may be led to
believe that it is more truthful than truth itself.” ---
-- St. Irenaeus of Lyons -----
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         This website is meant to win souls to the Roman Catholic Faith and to help restore the unity of the
Church that she enjoyed for the first Fifteen hundred years of her existence. This is also the story of my
conversion to the Roman Catholic Faith and an explanation of how I went from being an Evangelical
Baptist Christian to embracing the ancient faith of Catholicism. This project is in two parts. The first part
is my personal experience and the second part is apologetic in nature. I decided to share my journey with
those of you who may be interested in order to make it a story that is personable. Facts are indeed
necessary for finding the truth but by themselves facts can leave us in a cold sterile environment that will
leave us un-inspired and perhaps even less motivated. For myself finding the truth has been a long arduous
journey in my quest of becoming what I ought become as a Christian. It has been a very lonely road  at times
as a disciple of Jesus Christ because the world wants nothing a Christian has to offer. It has also been a
very joyous road filled with friends and laughter as I have had fellowship with others of like mind and heart.
At times I have been full of sorrow as I have had to leave friends and say goodbye in order to continue my
quest for Truth. There have been times when I strayed from the path and went down roads and went to
places I never should have been that left me with only heartache and trouble. There have been times of
penance when I confessed my sin and knew the forgiveness of God in an ever deepening way. I have learned
His care and love for me is beyond anything I can understand or comprehend for that matter. I have been
understood by so few and loved by so many that have crossed my path and vice versa. I have been despised
by some who disagree with me but that is OK. I am comfortable in my own skin and I want the praise of God
more than the praise of men. I have no need to be right anymore. It doesn't matter what people think of me
that counts. It is what God thinks of me that counts. The very first bible verse that grabbed me was
Genesis 5:22 Enoch was the friend of God. I somehow knew going into this thing called discipleship that I
would not lead an ordinary life in the sense of marriage and family. I was a bi-vocational minister at one point
and thought that was what I would do with the rest of my life but it was not to be. I put on a collar in
obedience to Christ and then laid it down in a greater obedience to answer the call of Truth and become a
layman in God's One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do in my
life. Has it all been worth it? I would have to answer, "Yes Absolutely." The first major epiphany that I had
as a young man was the verse in Genesis where God tells Abraham, "I shall be thy very great reward." I
realized that to have God was to have everything. To want God just because He is God is where I want to
be. To want God simply because of what He can do for me is indeed a shallow faith and friendship. I can
say with Polycarp, "He has done me no harm." Above are the navigation buttons to my site. They are
arranged  to make it easy so a visitor can find what he needs or may be looking for. It is my conviction that
the Protestant Reformation planted seeds that have led to the condition of our world today and its spiritual
poverty. It is noteworthy to see that the reformers never believed or agreed on the scripture which they
claimed to be the sole rule of faith. Thus the fragmentation of the church into denominations. The ultimate
question is one of authority. Did Jesus send the Apostles or did Jesus leave a grass roots movement to
spread the word? If we are to be one Church again as Christ Jesus intended, and regain our voice in the
world, we all need to find the truth of the matter. As a Catholic I believe in both the Holy Bible and the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and I believe in the Oral Traditions passed down through the ages from the
Apostles. Jerome was absolutely right when he said that ignorance of the scripture is ignorance of Christ.
It is the combination of the two that contain the fullness of the faith. When one sees the authentic Catholic
faith for what it really is one will grow in the depths of understanding and love that he or she could ever know
otherwise. When one believes that the faith is supernatural and revealed from heaven through the Son of
God one will find the graces that lead to a life fully lived for Jesus through the sacraments of the Church.
One discovers that the Eucharist is more than just an empty symbol. It is fellowship with Christ in His
Mystical Body. This reality is seen with the eyes of the heart and heard with the minds eye through
supernatural faith that our loving Father gives. Again this page is my testimony, nothing more and nothing
less. The hearer is free to draw their own conclusions. My prayer for those of you who visit this site is that
the Truth will fill your mind, heart, and soul.

Blessings to you and yours,
Don in Fort Worth Texas
AKA CatholicSeymour