Have you ever felt this way? No matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, it just seems that you can’t win in life? Sometimes it feels like you just get an edge up and get knocked down again? When it rains it pours!
Now the critical question, have you turned away from God? I’m not saying that God is taking His revenge on you. God doesn’t take revenge on anyone. But are you trying to get through life all on your own?
I ran into a friend last week and he told me of so many things that had gone wrong for him. He said, “Just when I think I can get ahead, something else goes wrong. I don’t get it, what am I doing wrong?” He seemed so beaten down by life. I told him, “Come back to God. What your doing isn’t working. God is waiting for you to come back. If you turn back to Him, He will bless you and your life. That doesn’t mean you will never have any problems but things go better with God in your life. Let Him guide you instead of trying to do it all on your own.” He said, “That makes so much sense.”
God is waiting with open arms for us to come back to Him. When we come back to the Sacraments to replenish our Grace, life goes so much better.
I heard someone say one time, “If you aren’t going toward God, you are going away from God. There’s nothing in the middle.” Which way are you going??
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There’s a website called FORMED, that has many audio programs, movies, video programs, and eBooks on it of Catholic content. This is a beautiful website that contains so much information about the life of Jesus and the truth of what He taught. There are movies you can show your family without worry, for movie night and popcorn. You can download the eBooks to your device and take them with you. The audio programs are wonderful to listen to and explain many interesting topics, some with a little humor. When you go onto the website, scroll down and you can play the little video explaining the website.
There’s programs for youth, Spanish-speaking, and sacramental preparation. It contains documentaries, faith formation and Bible studies. It even contains programs explaining the Church’s true teaching on topics such as pro-life and abortion, homosexuality (program is called “Called to Courageous Love”), God and Science, and how to be truly happy.
I have found this website to be extremely helpful in my faith path and I love the movies and their good quality content. Their content is added to frequently. I absolutely love the program called “Convinced”.
It costs $9.99 per month (American money) and you can receive a 7-day free trial also. You can call your parish and see if they have a subscription. If they do, the parish would give you a code to put in so that it is free for you to access.
Click here to find www.formed.org
I don’t receive any kickbacks or paid advertisements from this website (or any other advertising) but I just feel that it is such a good way to help people to find the truth.
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Have you ever wondered why Catholics pray to saints? Or genuflect? Or call it Mass instead of worship service? All questions are good questions. Whatever your question, you can get dozens of answers on the radio show, Called to Communion. It is meant for people who have questions but didn’t know where or who to ask. It is also on EWTN on Thursdays and Saturdays. Check for the time in your area.
Click on the link below and then click on the “Called to Communion” link for several podcasts to listen to. Also, if you would like to subscribe to their feed, click on “Subscribe” right under the name of the show.
There’s another answer forum that is very interesting. Catholic Answers is a great resource for those nagging questions. You can watch a video, listen to audio or look it up by topic. This show is also coming to television soon.
I sincerely hope that these help you in your search for the One True Church.
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RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. This is a class meant for anyone who wants to know more about the Catholic Church or for those who missed a sacrament when they were younger like confirmation or baptism. It usually starts about September and ends at Eastertime but can go all year through. Usually, this is about a nine month process. People who want to strengthen their faith or just curious about the Church can go to all or some of the classes. Just because you attend does not mean that you have to become Catholic but once you begin to understand the truths of the Church, you may feel the tug to take that leap and become Catholic. If that is what you desire, then you would finish the classes, pick a sponsor for confirmation, and come into the fullness of the faith, usually at Easter. You would declare that you believe what the Church teaches. A sponsor would help to answer questions you may have and to guide you in your faith journey, helping you to build your faith stronger. The classes are usually two hours long and cover the basics of the Catholic Faith. You still need to keep learning about the faith after the classes because there is so much to learn. It’s like an onion with many layers. All you have to do to get started is go to the nearest Catholic Church and ask about the RCIA classes. The Church will help you get started.
Usually, when you start another church, you just sign up and you start going or maybe they don’t even require you to sign up. You can church hop without much trouble. You might not even really understand what that new church teaches. In the Catholic Church, we take doctrine and the 2000 year history seriously and want people who attend to understand what the teachings are. There’s a lot to cover in the classes too. That’s why it takes months to become Catholic.
Can you pick and choose what you believe and still be Catholic? The answer is no. That is what is called a cafeteria Catholic. If you struggle with certain topics such as the Virgin Mary, saints, calling a priest Father, or whatever other topic, you need to find out more and understand why the Church teaches it. Once you understand it, it will be easier to accept. You don’t have to be a scholar and understand everything about the Church, but you should be able to say that you accept the authority of the Church to teach the truth of Jesus. Many people struggle with the authority of the Church since many have not had to accept higher authority than the pastor in their church. This is a very fundamental cornerstone in the Church. We hold the Pope with high honor because he is in the succession of St. Peter, the first Pope, and given authority through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, because… “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. Matt 16:18 It’s the truth and we have an obligation and God-given desire to accept the truth.
Some people are not ready to do any more than go to the classes for a year or two and that’s ok. There is no pressure to become Catholic. This is your faith journey and there is no time limit on it. If you feel the tug toward the Church or just plain curious, take the next step and ask about the RCIA classes to find out the truth about the Church, then when you are ready take the next step into the Church. If you are not quite ready, take your time and listen to God’s call. He’ll lead you where He wants you to be on His time.
I’ve heard people say, “I will NEVER become Catholic!” then when they learn more about it…they end up in the loving arms of the Catholic Church and wouldn’t give it up for anything.
EWTN has a wonderful show for men about living the message of Jesus Christ. If you click on the link below, you will find the video library of all of their seasons. It is based on a sports show format. Men talk about what it specifically means for men to be a Christian. You can be masculine and Christian at the same time with dignity.
The picture below describes very well the five reasons that the Catholic Church is the true Church that Jesus founded. No other church, except the Catholic Church, can claim these truths. There is a comparison with other churches below the picture.
All other churches:
- All other churches are founded by men. Some as early as the 1500’s, and some as recent as the last 10 years. If someone doesn’t like one church, they church hop or they start another church. Many have splintered off from each other and changed doctrine.
- Other churches may have attempted to translate the Bible but they also took out seven (7) books of the Bible and removed and changed other wording to suit their teachings. The Catholic Church put the Bible together back in the 300-400’s AD. So the other churches holding belief that the Bible is the only word of God and that the Catholic Church is not Biblical, the Catholic Church put the Bible together and there wouldn’t be a Bible if it wasn’t for the Catholic Church.
- The other churches typically have two (2) sacraments, while the Catholic Church has all seven (7) that Jesus instituted. (Baptism, Holy Communion/Eucharist, Reconciliation/Confession, Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick.)
- Other churches can only trace their authority back to their founder, men, who started their churches only as far back as the 1500’s. Authority in the other churches is based on individual interpretation not on the authority that Jesus put into place, the Pope and Magistrate.
- Other churches change their doctrine to fit, not what Jesus taught, but what the parishioners want or what their church wants to fit with “the times”. The Catholic Church doesn’t have this moving target in their doctrine, they stay solid with Jesus’ teachings. The teachings of the Catholic Church is the same “universal” around the world and the doctrine will not change because it is what Jesus taught regardless of how much pressure society puts on it just because they want their way. We need to follow Jesus’ teachings, not expect Jesus to follow us.
These are the truths that only the Catholic Church can claim. This is all historic and you can research the history in the Early Fathers of the Church. They all point to the Catholic Church. The Church is 2000 years old and comes directly from Jesus and the only church that can say that truthfully.
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