[quote="pabloSD, post:1, topic:274582"]
My wife says that "idolatry" is the main reason she's walking away from the Church, because now that she's had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, she wants to follow Him completely.
Catholics experience equally personal relations with God, I might even argue that in communal worship, Catholics experience higher degrees of communion with God. Catholics believe that God is mystically present during the Mass, unlike the mystical emptiness of Sunday Services in Protestant churches.
She says that the Bible clearly states that God is against idolatry. She sees having images of saints and Mary, praying to them, as idolatry.
Ask her if she thinks that hanging pictures of her family on the wall, or having pictures of her family on her desk at work (if she works) is a form of idolatry. I imagine she'll probably respond by saying "no, I don't worship the pictures of my family, or the members of my family in the pictures, I just like to be reminded of the ones I love", to which you should respond "Exactly. We have statues and images of Mary and the saints to honor and remember them."
She knows that officially the Church teaches that we shouldn't pray to the saints nor Mary, but to ask for their intersession. But in practice we have seen many (Mexican) Catholics praying to the saints (especially St. Jude) and to Our Lady of Guadalupe for miracles, for protection, for anything, except for intersession.
That's not entirely correct. The Church does endorse praying to the saints, insofar as there are chaplets, novenas, and other devotions to Mary and the saints. Indeed Mary has made specific promises (in revelations to seers approved by the Church), to devotees of the Rosary and other Marian devotions.
Praying TO them is the same as asking for their intercession. It's a bit like writing a letter to someone asking them speak with a third party on your behalf.
I want to remain in the Church, but she's having so much trouble right now accepting devotion to the saints and Mary. She says she respects them, and although we never, as a family, pray to them, she says she can't be part of a church that allows that, albeit unofficially.
God always comes before family. The Catholic family should be a microcosm of Holy Family.
She told me today that, since I'm the husband, that she will accept my decision, and will follow me. But I know she's not being sincere. I see how she's struggling with this.
Was your wife a Protestant convert to Catholicism?