If he thinks repetition is disingenuous…then he better not say “I love you” more than once in a lifetime to any individual huh? lol
Where does he get that repition and ritual is a bad thing ? in the old testament God prescribes specific rituals to His people that are to be done anytime someone sinned, or on specific days during the calendar year perpetually. Jesus was a devout Jew and LOVED the temple…He would have followed the rituals and the calendar year feasts and religious holidays Himself! In the book of revelation…it is said the angels are around God saying " holy, holy, holy" over and over and over again! Lol, where does he get repetition and ritual is bad ? All the little rituals in the catholic church are there because A it was passed down from the jewish faith (holy water to bless self at door…jews had pools they would clense themselves with before entering the temple, the priest sprinkling water on the people to bless them…the jewish priest would sprinkle the blood of sacrificed animals on the people! … candles…always used in the jewish temple… holy images in the church…God had the people form images to help turn their minds and hearts to heaven example: when God asked them to form cheribum angles to be placed on the holy of holies and this stuff goes on and on and on.
Does not your dad keep sunday holy, or attend some kind of service on a ritual basis ? do they not have SOME form of organization and flow to their service ? lol…then he better not point the finger.
I’m pretty sure he’s referring to the scripture passage where Jesus says not to prayer repetitiously like the hypocrites…
the reason why we say "I love you " over and over, and why we re-experience religious holidays over and over each year, or follow a rubric in our ritual services…is we are finite creatures in time and space and want the chance to go deeper and deeper every year, at every service, during every holiday (we’re not like an angel who lives outside of time and when they make a decision it is PERFECT and they’re all in 100%). We’re not just repeating stuff or following blindly. We’re falling deeper and deeper in love with God, we get a chance to re-live the moments of Christ’s life every year and grow deeper and deeper within them! Why would your dad have a problem with any of that ?
I think you’ll find that your dad doesn’t like the Catholic church because he doesn’t understand it…that’s usually the case.
God bless, hope this helps!