I am Catholic and am picking on catholics because they are the basis of this post. My wife was recently looking at jewelry and wanted a chain with a cross. She saw one that was a side-ways cross and was concerned that it might have some symbolism that was negative, so she texted me. I went to Google and did some research and you can imagine the wide range of opinions.
One of my pet peeves is that I often feel unappreciated. I don't feel sorry for myself, but rather don't feel like I get the same amount of recognition that other's get for equal deeds. I'm never the guy who gets promoted. I often have to fight for every inch and that's ok. I don't get recognized for accomplishments. I always recognize the accomplishments of others and give words of praise. I'm a dad now, so there's opportunities everyday for me to give encouragement. I guess it wouldn't be so bad if I didn't see everyone else around me getting recognition for their deeds. I can only assume it happens for a reason, but never knew why.
The Catholic Church has a lot more in common with Penn State than it realizes. Penn State was an elite school with an esteemed Football program and legendary coach. Somewhere along the way, evil set in and enabled Jerry Sandusky to happen. As his behavior became known up the food chain, everyone chose to look the other way. Doing this as if it were to protect the school's reputation somehow. Well, Judgement happened in a way that could only have happened with God's
There is a song by the band Creed that is titled "My Own Prison". It starts off stating that "Court is in session. The verdict is in. No appeal on the docket today, just my own sin". It's a profound song because it hits at the heart of many of our problems in our lives. First, we WILL be judged for our thoughts and actions. Second, our sins are like the links in a chain-link fence. They build upon one other until we have surrounded ourselves in our own prision. God has given us the free will to make decisions that will either let us live free of guilt and sin or to make desicions that will imprision us. We can build our own prision, be we cannot let ourselves out. Only Jesus can free us from the prisons that we create for ourselves.
They say that your life is the sum of your choices. If you've made a lot of good choices, you'll have a good life. If you've made a lot of bad choices, your life will be more difficult. This is also true for the company you keep and what you expose yourself to. You become what you see the most and you are who you associate with. All of these are choices that we make with free will.
Many Catholics are taught to pray to the Virgin Mary. We learn the "Hail Mary" and it's part of the Rosary.
You need to ask yourself this: Who's idea was it to pray to Mary or to "Hail Mary". God's word is in the Bible and Jesus tells us that "..no one comes to the Father if not through me." (John 14:6). Nowhere in the Bible does it say to pray to Mary, and especially not to Hail her.
Mary was amazing and she deserves our thanks and respect. She was born without sin. She gave birth and raised our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was chosen by God. All good, righteous, and amazing things that we should be grateful for. However, God also chose Moses and Noah, and Jesus chose his disciples, yet we do not pray to them.
This website is dedicated to God, The Father, who blesses me with my talents; The Holy Spirit, who speaks to me when I listen and helps me understand; and to Jesus Christ, who saves me from myself everyday.