Thoughts on my Catholic faith

 

This post is about the reasons why, at the end of the day, I think being a Catholic is pretty cool:

Confession.

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There’s a feeling of freedom after you confess your sins to a priest. It’s like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

How I feel when I confess my sins:

Theology of the Body.

If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out John Paul II’s series of lectures on human sexuality: Theology of the Body.

If you think that Catholics think that the human body is icky, prepare to have your mind blown.

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John Paul II got that a lot.

The language is a bit dense, but if you feel like it take a gander: Theology of the Body.

Gender Equality.

The Catholic Church sees men and women like two puzzle pieces:

Both have their undeniable differences, but both are, in the end, the same — both are puzzle pieces (i.e., human beings).

I don’t remember where I heard this, but I’m going to repeat it:

Eve came from Adam’s rib — his side.

Not from his foot, in order to be ruled by him.

Not from his head, in order to rule over him.

But from his side, so that the two of them could rule together.

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Whenever someone says to me “That’s not in the Bible,” I think “But it’s in the Catechism.”

Plus, the Bible can be awkward reading at times: Example 1 and example 2.

So it’s nice to have a book that says “This is what Catholics believe, and this is why Catholics believe it.”

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“The Catechism of the Catholic Church” — not to be confused with the “Cat-echism of the Catholic Church.”

And finally:

Authority.

The Pope — like any human being — is not perfect.

But the Pope is the Catholic Church’s leader. And it’s nice to have a leader. Someone Catholics can look to when things get dicey.

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The Pope: He’s supposed to be the rock that the waters of life break on.

 

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