Seven sacraments—seven great gifts of love from God to his Holy Church. Within the Christian family of believers only Roman Catholics and various Eastern Orthodox churches have 7 sacraments. Most Protestant communities have two — baptism and communion.
There’s no denying it. The sacraments are the heart and soul of the Catholic Faith, so much so that when people speak of returning to the Catholic Church after being
I am the only one in my family of origin that is still Catholic—everyone else now worships at the local Assembly of God. I have been asked, “Why do Catholics pray to and worship saints?” I’m told that it is idolatry, and it takes away from Jesus’ role as the “one mediator between God and mankind”
“Mary, Mary, quite contrary” is what some could call the one who is so misunderstood in her various titles: Mother of God; the Immaculate Conception, Mary Ever-Virgin and others. Far from worshipping Mary the Church highly venerates Mary as the fairest among creatures.
The Mass—from the Latin, Missa; in Greek, Leitourgos, meaning “the work of the people.” It is the most sacred and solemn action whereby heaven and earth meet. It is the place where Catholics find their weekly (even daily) sustenance before heading out anew to live and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in whichever milieu we find ourselves. It is the holiest of hours.
One of the primary reasons there are in excess of 35,000 (and climbing daily) religious denominations is the great lack of central leadership. It seems that everyone is caught up in doing their own thing.
A Westerner imbibes the attitude that I can and should decide for myself what is right and wrong; that is why it is so difficult to embrace Catholicism for a person who has become highly secularized.
The process of conversion is a complex one that involves almost every aspect of a person’s life. This is the first article in a series of articles in which former Protestant pastor and seminary professor Dr. Kenneth Howell takes a deep look at “conversion.”
I believe that a careful study of the doctrine of the Church in the New Testament would lead any honest Christian to realize that the Church is necessary for salvation. The Church is necessary because of what Christ made it to be. Grace is necessary to be saved, and so he made the Church an instrument of grace.