PROUD to be Catholic!

heyo folks,

I just wanted to put it out there that I am a proud member of the Catholic Church. As a Christian for many years but not really knowing where I was going, I’ve had exposure to a lot of crazy and baseless beliefs, churches, and people who all threatened to steer me off my relationship with God. It was a huge struggle because I really had no spiritual guidance, no church, and really no one who I knew who had a good amount of spiritual maturity.

Now that I’m Catholic, I can say that many of my concerns have been washed away and although I will always have questions, sometimes doubts, and probably end up down in the dumps, I have a place to go. As an adult, I can now choose what I need to do and what I want to do regarding my faith life and relationship with God.

I also don’t want to toe the line of political-incorrectness, but the Catholic Church by far in my experience has been one of the most “normal” churches I’ve ever come across. Seriously! And don’t let the sex abuses make you think that I’d be scared off. Truth is, sex abuses and abuses of all kinds happen in every church, and even across different faiths. The Catholic Church’s prominence in the global community makes us for an easier target, when there have been abuses with Protestant churches and even non-Christian faiths.

Anyways, I have yet to hear that Catholic teaching tells us that a woman wearing pants is evil, or that dancing is evil, or that looking at a woman you think is attractive (as a guy) will land you in hell. I have yet to hear that the Church teaches that women are to be doormats to their husbands, that parents need to use sticks to truly discipline their children, or that braiding one’s hair was sinful. It makes me so much happier to know that we can extend a hand of invitation to non-Christians to teach them about salvation instead of condemning whole countries to hell, that we don’t teach that the Bible is above God or treat it that way, or teach that intellectualism is anti-God.

For the first time in my Christian life, I finally feel at home:heart::slight_smile:

Done ranting now and going to bed.

Aww yes are church is so beautiful heaven on earth!
I’m happy you found home, now if everyone did that will be lovely. But god knows what he does. <3

Big hug and welcome home! :yyeess:

I’m a new Catholic (Easter 2010) and, though I have my weak moments when I read about the abuse scandal, for the most part I’m excited about the faith. I flirted briefly with Evangelical Protestantism, but it didn’t really hang together historically or intellectually for me. There’s so much richness and beauty in Catholicism. And, reading the Catechism during RCIA, I was struck by how deeply the issues had been woven together with (rather than denying or running away from) science, philosophy, etc.

May God Always Be With You. I am Happy for you.

Another nice thing about being Catholic is that you can freely own up to being a sinner, and nobody’s going to condemn you to hell or say you weren’t really saved, etc. They will tell you, instead, that they are sinners, too, but Jesus offers us forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They won’t show you the door out of the Church, they will show you the door to the Confessional.:wink:

God bless you!

Welcome Home, Spunjalebi and 2cats. I was recently confirmed myself :thumbsup:

Proud to be Catholic as well, for many, many reasons! Being able to meet with Christ in the Eucharist is truly a special thing, something I think everyone should have the opportunity to do, and the Sacraments we can receive as Catholics are always awe-inspiring.

I am also newly confirmed :slight_smile: I really like what CB Catholic said. One of the biggest issues I’ve always had was always with the “are you saved?” question.

Why I am Proud of the Catholic Church and to be Catholic?

1.Catholic Church was prefigured by Old Testament prophets.

2.Catholic Church has a Holy Founder in Jesus Christ.

3.Catholic Church was built upon the Rock of Peter and the foundation of the Apostles.

4.God guaranteed that the Gates of Hell would not prevail against it.

5.Jesus Christ said it would last forever, as He would be with it always.

6.Therefore it can be found in every day, in every century, from the time He said it.

7.Jesus Christ left His legacy, the Kingdom of GOD, His Church, to the care of the Apostles.

8.Catholic Church is guided by the Holy Spirit. Acts 15:28

9.Catholic Church is a living Church.

10.Catholic Church is the Mystical Body of Christ.

11.Catholic Church can neither be confused nor separated from its head.

12.The thread of the Church is woven throughout Holy Scripture.

Catholic Church is a Christ based Church, whereas the Bible is Catholic Church based.

13.Catholic Church has all of the pieces to the puzzle.

14.Catholic Church is indefectible. Ephesians 5:27

15.Catholic Church is The Bride of Christ.

16.Catholic Church is infallible in matters of faith and morals since it is guided by the Holy Spirit.

17.Catholic Church is infallible in its teaching of Holy Scripture since it is guided by the Holy Spirit.

18.Catholic Church fits the blueprint laid out for it in Holy Scripture.

19.Catholic Church is a visible Church that could not be hidden.

20.Jesus Christ would be the invisible head and we, the body of His Church.

21.His Church would cover the earth. Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:8.

22.GOD appointed a visible Father Figure to shepherd His flock on earth, as He had always done.

23.Catholic Church is the Pillar and the Foundation of Truth. 1Timothy 3:15

24.Catholic Church alone has the fullness of truth.

25.GOD’s Church would have an hierarchal form of government.

26.GOD’s Church would have Bishops, Priests, and Deacons within it.

27.Catholic Church has a system of Apostolic Succession in order to perpetuate the visible Church on earth.

28.Catholic Church is traceable through an unbroken line of Apostolic Succession all the way back to St. Peter.

29This unbroken line is shown in secular encyclopedias as well as Catholic archives.

30.Catholic Church has a succession of truth in teaching all the way from 31.Jesus Christ down to present day Bishops.

32.Catholic Church is almost 1500 years older than the oldest Protestant church.

33.Catholic Church has the authority to abolish or enforce rules of conduct, through binding and loosing.

34.Catholic Church has the authority to forgive or to retain sins, through binding and loosing. John 20:21-23

35.Catholic Church teaches that we are not automatically saved, but our salvation depends upon us as well.

36.Catholic Church has the authority to form Councils when needed, in order to settle the issues that arise. Acts 15

37.Catholic Church was given the authority to decide the Canons of both the Old and New Testaments of Scripture.

38.Catholic Church decided the Canon of both testaments by infallible decision of several Councils.

39.Catholic Church more finely develops revealed public revelation.

40.Catholic Church does not twist Scripture to conform to its teachings. It conforms its teaching to Scripture.

41.Catholic Church has faithfully copied and preserved Holy Scripture down through the ages.

42.Catholic Church has known that The Word was Heard and not Read by the masses before the printing press.

43.Catholic Church has the final authority. Matthew 18:15-18

44.Catholic Church holds many traditions which are followed by Catholics and Protestants alike.

45.Catholic Church is an “And” Church, not “Or”.

46.Catholic Church is a teaching Church as commanded by Holy Scripture.

47.Catholic Church is consistent in its teaching and does not ‘flip-flop’ as do other churches for the whims of people.

48.Catholic Church faithfully feeds the sheep as commanded by Jesus Christ.

49.Catholic Church is rock solid and unchanging in its teaching.

50.Catholic Church stands upon a solid three legged stool, of Scripture, of Apostolic Tradition, and the Magisterium.

God bless you, I was confirmed a year ago and I am closer to God and our savior and our blessed mother than I ever believed possible before…Yes,be glad to be Catholic!!:signofcross:

Me too :smiley: Thanks and welcome Home!

One day at a time dear Lord; help me one day at a time.

“I really do not know if I, want to be a catholic any more,”

Don’t over react. The grass ain’t any greener anywhere else and ONLY in the CC can you find the following.

The Only Church, religion and Faith founded by Jesus Himself

The ONLY place once can actually meet, greet and in an intimacy that is sublime; eat Jesus, so He is physically in us and we physically are part of Him. WOW!!!

The ONLY place one can have known forgiveness of sins.

The ONLY place that has and VALIDLY practices the Seven Sacraments

The ONLY Place that uses the ENTIRE BIBLE

The Only Church that actually uses the entire Bible [even thought this varies somewhat by parish.]

The ONLY place qualified [it takes God’s constant intervention] to explain the Bible correctly

One of the few churches to understand the required role for Mary

The ONLY Church with the same bundle of Doctrine, Dogma, Sacred Tradition, and traditions throughout the entire world.

The One True Church that Christ died to found, and gives Himself personally as a promise of perpetual Holiness [the CC… NOT the folks in Her] and the seat of all TRUTH on all MATTERS
of FAITH and Morals.

AND finally, ONLY the Catholic Church holds factually, “the keys [ALL OF THEM] to heaven, as is God’s promise, God’s Will and God’s decision! [Mt. 16:19.]

John 14: 16 “And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.”
John 17: 14 I have given them thy word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that thou should take them out of the world, but that thou should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth”

Christ has done this ONLY for His Catholic Church.

**Eph. 2:19 **“So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, [singular] built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; [singular] in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

God Bless you,

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