“Why do you Catholics worship Mary?”
“We don’t ‘worship’ Mary. We HONOR Mary. And no matter how much we honor Mary, we cannot ever honor her as much as God honored her by making her His mother.”
“That’s ridiculous! Mary is not God’s mother! She was only an incubator for Jesus – a vessel for getting Him to earth. Other than that, she’s just like any other woman who ever lived. She was a sinner. She was just a woman who happened to come along and agree to bear Jesus. She had, nor has, no influence on Jesus whatsoever. She’s dead and cannot hear you anyway. Praying to her is worthless. She was nothing special.”
“Can you do me a favor?”
“What is it?”
“Can you please remind me to not be standing next to you when you explain that to Jesus?“
If you haven’t seen this, please take a few minutes to watch. This is one of the most clearly stated positions on the duty and responsibility of Catholics – indeed, of all Christians – to stand up for the unborn.
Abortion is not a matter of necessity, but of convenience. It is the intentional taking of the life of another human person in order to make one’s own life easier. No excuse can justify it.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn child whom I now spiritually adopt who is in danger of abortion. Amen!
“You see the Scripture for what it is, and begin to see that any explanation that doesn’t also see it for what it is, is simply an attempt to run away from the passage.”
It is striking, as a [reverted] Catholic, to come across those portions of Holy Scripture, that validate the Sacred Institution and the claims it has been making since the beginning of the Church. You see the Scripture for what it is, and begin to see that any explanation that doesn’t also see it for what it is, is simply an attempt to run away from the passage. It is an attempt to bring forth a meaning that was never intended, because to accept it for what it says, is to admit that perhaps you were wrong in your misconceptions.
It can be very frightening, admitting you were wrong. Doing so means all you have known isn’t exactly accurate. You would have to accept it, that is to say, embrace the truth even when it might make you physically uncomfortable.
The passage that has me thinking today is 1 Thessalonians 2…
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This is another great conversion story. If you have never seen “The Journey Home” on EWTN, it’s well worth a look see.
Father Thwaites describes his journey from being a Christian Scientist to the Church of England and his eventual entry into the Catholic Church. Father Thwaites spent three years in a Japanese POW camp during World War II. Nine years after this broadcast Father went to his eternal reward on August 21, 2012 at the age of 95.
The book Fr. Thwaites talks about is “One Lord, One Faith” by Vernon Johnson.