Being Catholic. To me that just means a life with Christ. A more fulfilled life because it’s about much more than jumping and dancing in church. Mass is everything to me. Its the peace the worshipping through the Eucharist. It’s life. The prayers, fasting during lent, the rosary. Ugh there’s too much to share. Anyhow, I wanted to clear up some common misconceptions about our faith.Now there are so many but I stuck with 3 for now.
- We worship Mother Mary, saints, and idols.
- Our church is anti-women.
- Eucharist is simply symbolic .
Being Catholic is something beautiful and spiritual. I love love love the church. The artistry of the church is everything, especially cathedrals.
# 1 We worship Mother Mary, saints, and idols.
We absolutely worship only one God and no other. Worship for a catholic I feel needs to be explained in order to fully understand. I once read an article by Father Erik Pohlmeir and he explained it perfectly.
“The experience of worship in many churches consist of gathering to sing, pray and preach. If someone has the idea that such activities constitute worship, then our actions do seem like worship.
In honor of Mary, Catholics commonly sing, pray, and preach. So, we can say we do not worship Mary and then engage in practices that most definitely seem like worship of Mary. It is easy to see why some would be confused.
The Catholic idea of worship, however, is something entirely different. When we gather on Sundays we do sing, pray, and preach. Those actions are not worship by themselves, but rather serve to engage us more fully in worship. For Catholics, worship takes on the ancient and biblical understanding of offering sacrifice. The Mass is worship because the Mass is the sacrifice of the cross offered to the Father.”
We do not offer any sacrifice up to Mother Mary nor to saints. We give them the honor deserved.
We venerate Mother Mary, which is another word for having high regard or respect. She is the birth mother of Jesus, how can we not have such respect? As for the statues and pictures around the churches. That is similar to you having pictures around your home, in your phone, on your social media. You aren’t worshiping those photos but simply keeping them for memories. We have our statues and such to remember the saints who have came and lived a life of holiness. Saints are there to inspire us to live a life as holy as we can.
#2 Our church is anti-women.
Salvation of this world relied upon one specific woman. Mother Mary. God chose a woman to help save us. In the bible there are many many stories on women doing wonderous things. Aside from Mother Mary another example would be Judith. What a woman. She was a widow who saved the Israelites from surrendering to the Assyrians by sneaking into the enemy camp and decapitating the general, Holofernes. Go girl!
Then there’s this… “From the Vatican, 29 June 1995, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.
JOHN PAUL II
Thank you, every woman, for the simple fact of being a woman! Through the insight which is so much a part of your womanhood you enrich the world’s understanding and help to make human relations more honest and authentic.”
On Holy Thursday Jesus changed wine and bread into his blood and body, He then proceeded to tell His apostles to do this in commemoration of Him. Literally meant what he was saying, not figuratively.
John 6:52, “The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
John 6:54, “. . . unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of man, ye shall not have life in you.”
John 6:56, “For my flesh is food indeed and my blood is drink indeed.”
I think it’s also important to note that you must be in a state of grace to receive communion.
In conclusion I am only trying to share a little knowledge and hopefully inspire someone to look deeper into understanding how our church works. As well as all the amazing benefits of being catholic that can only help us to build a better relationship with our Heavenly Father.