You might find it interesting to know nathalja, that I was baptized Catholic (Universal) when I was about 18 months old (1958). The pictures are cool, my Mom, God Mother (Italian descent Sister in law) and Grandmother, all dressed up, taking turns taking the pictures in San Diego, with my new born bother (the reason behind the baptism). My Father, a 1/4 Native America pagan, who "converted" to Objectivist, was Sooo POd that my Mom had us baptised behind his back (when he was out to sea) he basically disowned us. I had three more siblings, and none were ever baptised.
My Father and family LOVED the military. By the time I was 15 I hated it with a passion. I ran away from home and experienced many forms of spirituality and religions. After years of searching, I settled in Objectivism. I read in, "The Letters of Ayn Rand", that Ayn said, if she was going to be religious she would be a Catholic because Thomas Aquinas made God a source of reason that she could appreciate.
After my Mother passed, my Father disowned me (he had done this earlier, but I had a bond with my Mother he could not break). My GodMother suggested I go to the Catholic Church. I did.
The Catholic Church is really not for children IMO. It's too profound. Children and young adults are not really ready for spirituality, and especially religion, the way an adult is. An adult has witnessed things, seen miracles, can have the ability to fathom the importance of religion, where youth, needs freedom from those margins to explore, make mistakes. Adults have different needs and a Church works very well on an adult level.
As an adult, I see "gamers", and the Church is full of them. They are "cradle to grave" Catolics and they go to Mass, and know the scripture by heart, but they still don't see "The light" the way those who attend RCIA do, or those who teach, or participate in RENEW, or read the Catechism. The Roman Catholic Catechism is the most profound book I've ever read (and still read).
My Preist, Father Michaelraj is from India, and well versed on Hindu (I was a Hindu for a year). He gave one homily about the differences and I loved it. He said, as a Hindi or Budhist, you are told that it is karma, when bad things happen. Here, we do not blame you, but point out how Jesus saved you, because things can always be much worse, and we Thank God they are not, that he saved us."
I have come to deeply appreciate my Church. It gives me what I can not give myself, and it takes only what I can give. The Church here, in America even, has witnessed many governments come and go. Since I drive a "Ron Paulmobile", some folks are not happy with me, shunning me, and being mean. I went to confession and shared my bad thoughts about this with my preist. After he gave me my pentance and blessing, he told me as I was leaving, "Grace, you are an asset to this Church and community. Keep up the good fight!" It made me think... "He likes Ron Paul too". :D
STAND WITH RAND 2016
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