Remember my first post about religion? That in which I spoke of being Catholic and the ways in which I sometimes feel that other "religions" exclude Catholics as being Christian?
Well, recently, a thread I had started in BlogFrog got resurrected, and in turn, I received some comments on that old post of mine.
- I noticed that you "enjoy being Catholic" a lot, but that statement concerns me. Christianity is about following Jesus and learning about his ways, his truths, not necessarily finding enjoyment in one set of religious traditions. Christianity is not always comfortable or enjoyable; just look at the lives of those who followed Christ in the Bible. Look at Peter (he was crucified upside down for following Christ)! What I'm trying to say is that a religion should not be chosen by the amount of enjoyment you find in its traditions, but rather it should be based on the truths you find in your own study of God's word.
Really? I mean c'mon people. If you can't put your name to your words when you disagree with someone, it's really hard to be taken seriously. Do you think that by "enjoy" I mean I dance up the aisle at church? Or that I giggle through mass because it's so much darn fun?
No. What I mean by "enjoy" is that I take great joy in my faith...which includes the traditions I participate in.
Christianity should be enjoyable, my friend. It is an amazing thing, to believe in Christ...and we should "enjoy" our faith. The "traditions" of Catholicism are the ways in which we learn and practice the truths of God's word. Just because my religion is different than yours, or your neighbor's, or the old lady's down the street, doesn't mean my beliefs are wrong.
Take Mary, for example. We ask her to pray for us. Just like you would ask your neighbor or the old lady down the street to pray for you...only, she is the mother of Jesus. Our priest said it perfectly, recently, when explaining our "belief" in Mary.
"Why wouldn't we go through Mary? After all, God went through Mary to bring us Jesus...why wouldn't we go through Mary?"
God went through Mary. So, if Mary was good enough for God...why isn't she good enough for everyone? We don't worship Mary. We simply ask her for her prayers.
Next time, Anonymous...just put your name to your words. Then we can have a friendly debate...instead of monologuing to one another.
It is not wrong to "enjoy" your faith. Not wrong at all, my friend.