[quote=dal11]Is the church that Jesus founded on earth the one and only Catholic Church, or not? That’s the question you and your wife need to answer before you become Catholic. Dosen’t matter what other Catholics do. It matters what is true.
[quote=Everyman]Yesterday, my wife and I went into a Catholic bookstore and she found and was disgusted with statues they were selling. They were of St. Joseph and claimed to help you sell your house. Says he’s the patron saint of house selling since he moved around so much.
There are many rooms in our Fathers house; some of them may be filled with the nutty Catholics. Now that being said, I do not know when the tradition started with the St. Joseph statue but I have heard of many families burying a statue in the yard and having success at selling a home. Is it common practice, dunno. Did it help sell the house quicker, dunno. Have I ever done it, no. It would be a similar question about having a Blessed Mother statue in the front yard, is it required to have one to be Catholic, no. Is it a teaching of the Church handed down from one generation to another through the catechism, no. Did my grandfather have one, yes. Do I have one, yes. Did someone make a profit from it, I hope so, the business that makes them has to pay the bills and keep the doors open.
[quote=Everyman]Well, this freaked my wife out. We are both looking into Catholicism currently, but this kind of thing makes her worry that Catholics are just a bunch of mumbo-jumbo superstitious nutcases.
The belief system as outlined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church is a great way to spend ones life. I am a cradle Catholic, I have not always practiced my faith, I, like many have fallen away from the Church and have returned. The worst and most empty times of my life were when I was away and I could not imagine my life being better than it is at this moment. I feel God’s presence and love every moment of the day with the blessings he has bestowed upon me and my family. We still have small paychecks, big bills, illnesses and death. But knowing that there is an afterlife and an “eternal reward” all of life’s little problems pale in comparison to the infinite love God has for his children who merely stop running from him and turn and embrace him. The one thing I truly love about the Catholic Church and Catechism is the billions of man hours spent in the making of the Catechism. Imagine how many discussions and debates have taken place over each paragraph. How many men with a much greater understanding than I have discussed the issues and came to the conclusions written in the Catechism. When I have questions about an issue I can trust the Catechism to have a clear and concise answer to the problem. If the Catechism is cloudy you can ask a fellow Catholic, Priest or Catholic Source Book. It is surprising to me, how rarely I turn to the Catechism and do not find the answer. I hope your quest is a productive one.
Like anything, if you are looking for faults you will find them, please do not let this sway your faith.
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