So in his early days of being Pope, Francis was doing and saying things that much of the world took notice of. I haven’t followed him lately but back then, I was thanking God for him. He was a breath of fresh air! Now keep in mind I had been in some super conservative churches for awhile and the fact that the Pope seemed very Christian, surprised me!
I had been told a lot of things about Catholicism that I found out later were simply just not true. So, then I read some of his sermons. Did you know you could do that? Again, I was even more surprised! I actually said to myself, “I never knew the Pope could write like that!” To my Catholic friends do not be angry with me, because this is what many of us go through. I was stunned to learn the Pope was a Christian.
When I started attending a Catholic Church, and several more to see what they were like, I saw no worship of Mary, or anyone else except God Himself. I saw no one worshiping statues. In fact, everyone related to God in much the same way that I did.
Along the way I did look at theology, and yes there were some differences. Some I accepted, some I was neutral on, and others I thought were questionable. However, I always found their theologians to be solid, deep thinkers, that knew what they were talking about. They seemed to have much deeper roots, and to be more grounded than Protestant theologians. Christianity did not begin in the year 1500!
Eventually I could not reconcile a few things, for example Mary being eternally a virgin. If that were the case, then Mary and Joseph were not truly married. And some (not all) I thought elevated Mary too highly, even referring to her as a queen. I thought no, I can’t do that. She was certainly special, but……
One Sunday I was in church and a man in his 40’s was joining the Church. He had to declare that day that he “believed everything the Catholic Church teaches”. I thought that was odd because every Catholic person I knew had some differences. Why would this guy be required to do more than everyone else?
So I slowly, gradually moved on. But I learned a great deal in that little more than a year. Mostly I learned not to judge others. I can have an opinion, like everyone else, and we can still respect each other. God made us that way.
And I learned that I did not have to be a fundamentalist to be approved by God. Different faith experiences were perfectly legitimate.
I wish you peace.
Note: I won’t be posting here tomorrow. God willing, I’ll see you next week.
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