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I'm now working in a different office of my "company." I moved there for a lot of reasons. Many of which have to do with getting more exercise, less stress, better ability to concentrate, etc. An added benefit, is that I am now working on the same floor with two of my favorite former managers. Both are Christians. They are not loud about it, but if you know what to look for - you know. One of them is a devout Catholic, who helped me greatly years ago when I was going through a lot of struggles at work and with my Autistic son. She wears a rosary bracelet every day, which is how I found out that she was Catholic. We also have a lot of other things in common, especially the fact that she has a nephew who also suffers from Autism. So I am greatly comforted, not only by the benefits of my new surroundings, but also by the presence of at least one very devout, pious catholic who I can always go talk to. This person spends much of her vacation time going on religious pilgrimages. She always carries a rosary, and is always joyful. Wonderful lady. I'm very happy to know her, and to once again be in touch. God is good. All the time.
Wow, how lucky you are! Outside of Church, I know exactly two people who are RC...one works at a lumber store I frequent, and the other is a Rep for my door supplier. He goes to Church and brings his kids, but they are not baptized!
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Yes, I am lucky. A couple of years back, I spent four years working for a manager who was a real hard case. She was a lawyer and CPA, and I believe an atheist. She was raised catholic, but I think had rejected her faith. She had a very bad relationship with her dying father, and just seemed confused. She made life absolutely miserable for a few of us unfortunate enough to work for her. I feel like I've died and gone to a different place. Not quite Heaven, but far better than where I was. Hopefully I can retire in a few years and then maybe start my own business - where if I'm blessed with success and can hire, will be very gracious to my employees.
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During that time, I also had 4 other catholics in my group. Most of them really downplayed their faith. It was like they were culterally catholic, but not religiously. They probably found me a little hard to take sometimes.
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During that time, I also had 4 other catholics in my group. Most of them really downplayed their faith. It was like they were culterally catholic, but not religiously. They probably found me a little hard to take sometimes.
Know what you mean. I'm remodeling a kitchen right now for a family, and early on, the Mrs. told me she was Catholic. I was VERY happy as you can imagine. Just yesterday, I told her I needed to leave early to make it back in time for First Friday Mass. In the ensuing conversation, she mentions that they spend some spiritual time on Sundays at home. Not attending Mass.

A gentle reminder then to the importance and requirement of Sunday Mass was greeted with a sheepish look. Sigh. So many folks call themselves Catholic, yet don't follow teaching.

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Unfortunately there are many luke warm Catholics who don't live their faith and are as you put it are culturally Catholics. Some of them end up leaving to become "born again Christians", but its because they never took the time to learn about our foundation, history and direct lineage and open themselves up to or during the sacraments.
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Cabinetmaker, I feel like it is a divine appointment for you to be working in their home! May their hearts turn back to their upbringing, to God, to their church! May their hearts be softened to hear God's drawing of them....and may they obey. And may you be used of God to love and speak Truth during this time.
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I took an out of state trip last weekend to visit my sister. We had a really nice time together. My wife and son were with me too. My sister is not a Catholic. My family, as I've probably mentioned before, was Episcopalian and I converted with my wife back in 2011. Saturday, we were talking about where to go to church. I told her we could go to a Saturday afternoon Mass and sit with her at her church on Sunday morning - but could not receive. She decided that we should just go to our church on Sunday, and she would probably stay home. Later that evening, I got a text from her saying she decided to come with us. So for the first time, my sister sat with us through a Roman Catholic Mass. She noticed that my son was happy through the whole Mass, and that he seemed very calm during the Holy Eucharist. Perhaps something has begun.
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I took my Mom to church on Sunday. She has been feeling better lately, but isn't up to driving. While we were there, I mentioned to Mom that when I visited St. John Cantius once, it felt like opening the door to the narthex was like opening the door to Oz in the film "The Wizard of Oz." That was when the world went from black and white to full color. Mom said it was like walking into the sunlight, and she said she feels that way whenever she comes to our humble church. Mom also has often said that she NEEDS to receive the Holy Eucharist. This is a sign of holiness. Saintly people sometimes describe a craving for the Holy Eucharist. Also, people who are very unholy - such as those committing evil acts, find that they cannot tolerate the Holy Eucharist. Betty Brennan described walking out of the church (when she was a witch) immediately after receiving communion, and throwing up outside every time. I have heard of other people who had a similar reaction. It's a real blessing bringing Mom to church.
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Unfortunately there are many luke warm Catholics who don't live their faith and are as you put it are culturally Catholics. Some of them end up leaving to become "born again Christians", but its because they never took the time to learn about our foundation, history and direct lineage and open themselves up to or during the sacraments.
Can't say I'm even a luke warm Catholic these days. Honestly I dont have much faith lately and if you ask me now, nope, I dont believe in God at the moment, so cultural Catholic will have to do for now. Still I do believe that my kids have a right to the same upbringing I had so I made sure they took First Communion and we're baptizing our baby soon. Whatever internal doubts I have they shoudlnt be burdened by them and if there's one thing I appreciate about the Catholicism is the open mindness and freedom, which you dont find in many of its shady, at times cult-like spinoffs. Heck, the Father in our Church, a guy about my same age, he told me about his own doubts and struggles, great guy to have a chat with.
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Can't say I'm even a luke warm Catholic these days. Honestly I dont have much faith lately and if you ask me now, nope, I dont believe in God at the moment, so cultural Catholic will have to do for now. Still I do believe that my kids have a right to the same upbringing I had so I made sure they took First Communion and we're baptizing our baby soon. Whatever internal doubts I have they shoudlnt be burdened by them and if there's one thing I appreciate about the Catholicism is the open mindness and freedom, which you dont find in many of its shady, at times cult-like spinoffs. Heck, the Father in our Church, a guy about my same age, he told me about his own doubts and struggles, great guy to have a chat with.
FerFAL, Thanks for posting! If you don't mind my asking, do you take your kids to church?
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FerFAL, Thanks for posting! If you don't mind my asking, do you take your kids to church?
No, not really. Used to but its been a while. The priest we had in our local Church, great guy, moved back to his town to care of his folks. The new guy just doesnt do it for us and again, I'm not much of a believer lately, nor is my wife.
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I'm glad you feel your kids have a right to have the same upbringing. That's basically what you promise when your child is baptized. If there's another catholic church near you I'd recommend you go there. My wife and I visited about 4 of them before our son and a real miracle ending up helping us choose the one we're at now (since 2010). It turned out to be the one nearest to us. Maybe you're already planning to do this, but If you really want to raise your kids in the Faith, it's important that they see you in church. Only other thing I'll add is that I am a firm believer that our children are a big part of our salvation. My son is the reason my wife and I returned to church, and he has a special connection which has helped evangelize the rest of the family.
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I love reading quotes from, well, anyone who has a deeply spiritual side, but especially from our Saints and Holy ones. Hope you all do, too.


" Never give up prayer, and should you find dryness and difficulty, persevere in it for this very reason.
God often desires to see what love your soul has, and love is not tried by ease and satisfaction."



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So what is the pathway to Sainthood? Here's a fantastic lecture from Bishop Robert Barron on the subject of becoming a Saint:

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Because I keep seeing Protestants talking about the Church as a "manmade institution" I offer this wonderful episode of the groundbreaking television series "Catholicism" with then Father Robert Barron. Produced with the cooperation of Public Television, this series has high production values, and extremely good, clear teaching about the Church. If you wish to understand the Catholic view of the Catholic Church - here it is. Enjoy!

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Because I keep seeing Protestants talking about the Church as a "manmade institution" I offer this wonderful episode of the groundbreaking television series "Catholicism" with then Father Robert Barron. Produced with the cooperation of Public Television, this series has high production values, and extremely good, clear teaching about the Church. If you wish to understand the Catholic view of the Catholic Church - here it is. Enjoy!

CATHOLICISM Series - Episode 6: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church - YouTube
Very good, I watched the entire video. Seems I have seen him before in other video's. Excellent speaker. I would really enjoy talking with him. Thanks Atticus
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Ohioman, you are most welcome! Thanks for watching. Bishop Barron, for my money, is the best teacher in the American Church today. He is based in Los Angeles, and makes many appearances on television and across the internet. Word on Fire productions is the group which makes most of his videos possible. I think he's done as much to advance the Faith in America as Mother Angelica.
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Ohioman, you are most welcome! Thanks for watching. Bishop Barron, for my money, is the best teacher in the American Church today. He is based in Los Angeles, and makes many appearances on television and across the internet. Word on Fire productions is the group which makes most of his videos possible. I think he's done as much to advance the Faith in America as Mother Angelica.
The video was very well made which made it enjoyable. I know I've seen Bishop Barron either on TV or other video's. He's the kind of person that I would enjoy talking with on a variety of issues, the ones we agree upon and that ones we don't. I find I learn more from those of a different point of view and find them fascinating. Many would not agree but myself and Bishop Barron would agree on the high end of 99% of Christianity and it's message. We only tend to focus on areas of disagreement, probably just the human condition.

It's an odd situation indeed. I find it nearly impossible to believe that God gave me (Ohioman) perfect understanding, perfect doctrine, perfect belief etc., it would be raw arrogance on my part to even suggest that notion. Rather I'm faced with a challenge of reconciliation with fellow believers in Christ. Jesus prayed that believers would be one (John 17:22). He didn't say that they would have perfect unity in doctrine but that they would be one. IMO, there must be higher ground. I would like to discuss those notions with Bishop Barron.
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