There is a book out there by this name, but I am stealing that title for this thread. I have been meaning to start a thread like this for awhile.
A little about my faith, and a little about this thread.
About my faith:
I maybe sometime will blog more details, but for now, I will just say, I was baptized in the Methodist Church as a baby. I grew up attending a mainline Presbyterian Church with my family, but it was not til college that faith suddenly became real, when I rather suddenly realized that it really was Jesus Christ I had been looking for, and I had a true "Born-again" experience. Now I would call it a "huge conversion experience". Whatever you call it, I can say I changed forever when I believed Jesus is Lord, and the reason for my life.
I married just after college and we attended Evangelical or "Bible-alone, Faith-alone" churches. This was all good, truly wonderful, and rich in so many, many ways. (With the exception of a few theological errors that haunted me, that made me wonder why God was like that.) I attended Bible studies, Christian conferences, Ladies Retreats, small groups, and read many many books and listened to many radio preachers and learned so much and grew so much in faith which sustained me in my long hard marraige.
I had theological Qs over the years I could not find answers to but chalked it up to "now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face:" Meaning, we don't "get it" now, but we will in Heaven.
Then, I unexpectedly became the last thing I ever thought I would ever be: Catholic. Because even if I had theological questions, at least I knew one thing for sure, at least I was not Catholic! Did Catholics even go to Heaven? (likely not!).
In the process of discovering if the Church is true (it is!) I found most of what I believed about Catholics were falsehoods. Also, unexpectedly, on my way I learned many answers to those questions I once thought "unanswerable"! The more I learned what was truly Catholic, the more I was pulled. I had prayed to the Holy Spirit to show me what was true, and He did. Until, finally, it was clear: I had to become Catholic. At a cost, too. But, truly the Church founded by Jesus Christ is a Pearl of Great Price!
About this thread:
A lot of what Catholics do and believe, to a lot of people, does not seem right. I know, I used to think the same things! Oftentimes, the reason is because what you have heard about Catholics is not true, and once you hear what we really believe, it does make sense!
So if you have sincere questions about why Catholics do things, I would like to try to answer for you as best I can. If I don't know that answer, I will look it up.
Please, sincere questions only. Please respect my faith, which is dear to me, and do not Catholic-bash. If you want to start a Catholic-rant thread, just to express your opinions, go at it. Just not here. But if you have a real question, even if you are Catholic-hostile, and just want to see what I have to say concerning what Catholics really believe, or, you just wonder why Catholics do things, I will try to answer it.
(Please be patient. I am limiting my computer time as part of New Year's Resolutions. So if I am not on top of this thread all the time, just wait, I will be back, and I will answer.)