[quote=FightingFat]OK I’ve got myself into a proper USA anti-Catholic wrangle!! I have this to deal with:
== Mary jewelry and fetishes are worn about 50 to 1 over Jesus fetishes. Perhaps the most ugly superstition is that of the which is said to take the user straight to heaven if they are wearing it when they die. I have one, and it is made of trash materials, and it is the most crass insult to Jesus Christ who shed his precious Blood to pay the price of sin. How tragic that any fool would think a bit of felt and yarn with a cheap printed graphic on it would do the same work as the Blood of Jesus Christ.
Well, right off the bat he shows his prejudice by referring to sacramentals as “jewelry and fetishes,” which hardly denotes an open mind.
Secondly, the promise of the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is dependent on the wearer having lived out his baptismal promises not merely in the wearing of “a bit of felt and yarn with a cheap printed graphic” (another nice description meant to bias the reader against Catholic devotion, which this person clearly knows nothing about).
And in the article he cites the name of Jesus or Christ or God is mentioned 10 times altogether, but Mary is mentioned only once, and nothing is ever said about anyone depending on the Brown Scapular for their salvation. The author only mentions it in passing as a part of his grandfather’s devotional life, not that it was the end all and be all of his faith.
== Mary is found far more often than Jesus in the upturned bathtubs in front lawns and gardens
, and the same applies to grottos in Mexico, South American, Arizona, and European areas. I have visited many of these grottos in Arizona. They stink from the burnt wax and the sweat of weary travelers, and they are often made of trash tin and rubbish materials. I once watched as an illegal Mexican alien knelt in front of a grotto, prayer, dropped a couple of pesos in the cup, and then staggered out into the sage brush to vomit. Did Mary speak to him? No. Did Mary forgive his sins? No. Did anything happen? No. Nothing. He climbed back into his friend’s pick up truck and they wandered off down the road as drunk and damned as they were before the visit to the grotto.
This isn’t righteous indignation, this is racial/cultural prejudice and sneering fueled by ignorance and bias. And Catholics do have many representations of Jesus. Most of us wear a crucifix and many of us wear medals of Mary or other saints, too. We aren’t setting up anyone for worship other than God simply by wearing representations or having statues, we are reminding ourselves of the Incarnation that allows us to honor God’s holy ones. As for the “illegal Mexican” (although what his being “illegal” has to do with anything I’m sure I don’t know) praying at a wayside shrine and then vomiting, I’d say that Mary very definitely spoke to him when he got sick from being drunk. It could be he was promising never to drink again, and how would that be a bad thing? In this case, I’d say that Mary did save this man. She didn’t die for him, of course, only Jesus did that, but Jesus isn’t the only means of salvation–his is the Savior through whom the doorway to salvation has been opened. His death and resurrection redeemed mankind opening the door of salvation for all who desire to love and serve God.
There was a grotto along the road between my home and Nogales. It was in a cave in the hillside, and it was visited often. I used to go up the steps almost every time I passed by, and I dropped Gospel tracts there for the devout superstitious Catholics to read. I also found piles of coins there, and I would take them and buy two dozen eggs on the way home for Mary-- my oldest daughter. This is the only time I know of when “Mary” was actually blessed by the devotions of these superstitious Catholics. “Mary” was thankful.
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So, it’s all right for him to steal as a Christian? Oh, that’s nice. But, the funny thing is, the money is to be used for the poor, so if this man is so poor he has to take money from a shrine to buy eggs for his daughter, then Mary, the Virgin Mary, did supply his need, even if he is too ungrateful to acknowledge the fact.
As for leaving Gospel tracts, that’s all right too. They might actually help a lax Catholic to look deeper into his faith and bring him back to the Sacraments. I suppose it would just about kill this guy to think he might be renewing the faith of “superstitious Catholics” instead of pulling them out of the Church, but some day when Mary has won him for Christ’s true Church he will be thankful. Anyone who challenges Mary finds she is a gentle enemy who conquers, not to destroy, as they wanted to destroy her, but to bring him even more deeply into fellowship with her Son, Jesus Christ.