See if she would be interested in listening to this free CD about the Mass Explained
[quote=Ianjo99]Thanks for all the responses!
Yes, my friend is Catholic, although during the school year she has told me that she sometimes foregos mass in favor of a closer protestant (nondenominational, I believe) church.
I didn’t ask her why specifically, although she says she “loses interest” after the homily and that all after that is “tradition” (note the lower case ‘t’). Also, she believes that the way the bible is taught in the service relates more to everyday life.
I did mention that it was good that she was at least taking her faith seriously enough to care what was being taught rather than just sitting there not listening.
Part of the reason I didn’t go into the founding of the Church by Christ was that I was afraid she would tune me out and I would just sound condescending.
What irks me is that we’ve had this discussion before. Although she does go to Church, she can’t understand the inherent difference and importance between a Catholic Mass and a Protestant service. Her thinking is that as long as she goes to heaven, it doesn’t matter what physical building we’re in. She also gave me the equivalent of “assured salvation”, which I promptly shot down.
Arrgh, convincing people is hard :o
I wish I was a better apologist than I am… Oh well, the best I can do is read and pray without giving up I guess.