I WAS STALLING.
I drove to another parish (parish is a church community) for Confession after missing it at mine that day. I parked right outside the church with 30 minutes left until it ended. I couldn’t bring myself to walk through those doors though. I didn’t want to face Jesus in the Confessional; my pride was getting the best of me.
I called a friend who let me ramble while continually telling me to go in and pray; to ask God to calm the anxiety flowing within me. Anything to calm my nerves. [read more...]
I dread going to Confession. Not quite the statement you were expecting, huh?
Let me clarify: I dread it, but I don't hate it. I love Confession when it’s all said and done, but I dread confessing my sins out loud.
Jesus knows our sins; He died for the bajillion sins you and I choose to do in our lives. No matter how big or small the sin, I know Jesus is always there to forgive me.
We shouldn't be afraid to confess our sins . And yet we hesitate. [read more]
I reached out awhile ago and asked what misconceptions people heard about the Catholic faith, also known as Catholicism.
One question kept popping up: Is Catholicism separate from Christianity?
Short answer: No.
Catholicism is the oldest form of Christianity. Just like Protestantism and Eastern Orthodox, Catholicism is a Christian religion. Catholicism dates back to the time of Jesus; the first century Christians were Catholic.
This is a HUGE topic and it's why I created Faith Over Coffee; to inform the uninformed about the Catholic faith. It is time to stop saying Catholics aren't Christians. Start asking, "Are you Catholic or Protestant?" or even, "Are you Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, etc?" [read more...]
I was listening to a talk by a Catholic convert a few months ago and he mentioned how he would see Catholics going into their church on Sunday without a bible. He would scoff and make fun of them because it just proved to him how little Catholics knew of Sacred Scripture. Needless to say, he would soon realize how wrong he was. [read more...]
The mass is made up of two main parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
When you enter a church before mass, you dip your finger into the font (a bowl by the door or the end of the aisle filled with holy water) and make the Sign of the Cross with your hand.
The Sign of the Cross is a gesture (and a prayer) where you use your right hand to touch the forehead, then the middle of the breast, then the left shoulder and finally the right shoulder while saying, "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."(Eastern Catholics say the same thing but they go to their right shoulder first and then to their left.)[read more...]
It baffles me when I hear, "Mary was just an average earthly person."
Wait, what? Seriously, I scratch my head whenever I hear this. Many non-Catholics throw Mary aside saying her only role was delivering Jesus. Again, scratching my head.
Mary of Nazareth, Holy Mother of God, Virgin Mary, Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Assumption, The New Eve, Our Lady, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church, Mother of divine grace, Queen of Heaven, Mother of Our Creator, etc.
Those are just the many names given to Mother Mary.
Mary had one of THE most important roles in all of Christianity. She said "yes" to God. The first one to verbally do so. The problem with Mary is she is not talked about enough. [read more...]