My parents divorced when I was about six. I lived with my dad who, due to his excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church, no longer attended church. Following his second marriage, my new siblings and I were sent to the nearest Protestant church. At the age of eighteen, while in the Navy, I was informed by my aunt, my godmother, that I was baptized as a Catholic when I was baby. I attended Catechism classes on base, was baptized again (a “conditional baptism”), and was confirmed that same year. Ten years later, I came to realize I had been religious, but that I needed to have a relationship with God; I needed to be a son to the Father. On January 31, 1971, I received the free gift of salvation offered to any and all who will simply receive it by faith.