Daily Prompt:  Retrospective

Looking back over the history of the Catholic church, we see times of poor leadership. Our bishops and cardinals gave in to the pleasures of being human. The seven deadly sins were rampant. Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, and Greed.

Is it any wonder why many of the clergy who were true to their vows became dissentients of the church?  Couple that with the invention of the priniting press and the mood was set for the Reformation.

Martin Luther published his Ninty-Five Thesis on the sale of indulgences in 1517.  John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, and other Protestant Reformers in 16th-century Europe also contributed. The Reformation lasted until the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648.

Since that time there have been many Protestant Christian religions started. What they have in common is the belief of Jesus Christ. What they disagree about is the interpretation of the Bible. It seems that every other day a new church pops up in a shopping center. I am confused about this. Are people so incapable of following the tenets of their religion that they feel the need to start a new one?  I often wonder what qualifies them to lead followers to Christ.

As a Roman Catholic Christian, I pray for the reunion of all Christians. It is one of the intentions of Pope Francis. I can see small steps toward this happening since the days of Pope St. John Paul II.

Christianity has had its ups and downs for sure. Today belonging to a church is not the popular thing to do. Many have fallen away from the Christian philosophy.  Narcissistic, self indulgent behavior has become the norm.

Whenever I am faced with a difficult situation involving a member of the clergy or religious, I remember what my dad told me.  “Just because a man is a priest doesn’t mean he isn’t human.”  And we all know that humans sin.  Thank God for His son Jesus Christ who has given us redemption.


Old vs Archaic

Daily Prompt:  Archaic

Many people today believe that the tenets of the Catholic faith are archaic.  How sad for them.  Yes, the dogma was given over 2000 years ago, but that does not mean they are archaic.  They are unchangeable too.

Many want the Catholic Church to change their “views” on homosexuality, divorce, abortion, birth control, remarriage, and women becoming priests.  This is not possible.  Jesus Christ gave His church these tenets.

It saddens me that even some of our priests are pushing for change.  Many women have left their orders because of their perceived “discrimination” post-Vatican II.  They were under the impression that women would be given a higher place in the church.

I have had battles over the dogma of the Catholic Church.  I have battled with my kids for years about religion.  One says “I don’t need to go to a church to pray”.  Another says, “I just don’t feel comfortable in church”.  One that says “I don’t think church makes you a better person, look at how so and so acts”.  Another, by the Grace of God, has returned to the church.  I have grandchildren that have not been baptized.  I am concerned for their souls.  What can I do?

My solution is to give it all to the Lord.

Matthew 6:25-27 New International Version (NIV)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

This has become my mantra.  I know a Hindu reference.  “Give it to the Lord.”  I say it at least ten times a day.  I can tell you it has made such a difference in my life.  Not holding on to things I have no control over.  Instead of worrying, I pray and give it all to the Lord.

The tenets of the Church give us the life-saving roadmap to eternal life in heaven.  They may be old, traditional, and unpopular, but they are far from archaic.