=Susan_Calvin;5122348]I apologize if this is not the correct forum for this post. I looked through each forum and this one seemed to best fit with my situation. Sorry for the length also, I tried to be brief but I felt I needed to explain myself a bit.
I am a professional woman in my early 30s, Jewish by birth though I was never religious nor connected with the Jewish community. I consider myself an agnostic.
I grew up in abject poverty. My mother had untreated mental illness and we were homeless/transients much of the time. Some of my earliest memories were of the Missionaries of Charity who had a shelter and soup kitchen in our city. We accessed their services and they were very kind to me.
Hi Susan, welcome to our Forum!
I spent my formitive years in a Catholic Orphanage, so I have some idea of what you experienced.
I have an older brother who left the Church to found his own religion, and a younger sister, who left because she “didn’t feel fullfilled!” She is very active in her Protestant Church.
God comes to all of us in different ways. He offers each of us sufficient grace to cooperate with His Plan for our Personal Salvation, but God offers, not forces us to accept the assistance He is trying to provide.
As a Catholic, I consider my Jewish brothers and sisters as kin. Father Abramham is too our Father in history and in faith.
I’ll try to answer your querry by sharing a story I heard years ago.
There was a Jewish man names Abe, who more than anything wanted to win his states Lotto. So every Sabbath he would pray, “Dear god why don’t you hear me, why don’t you answer my pleas?” This went on week after week, year after year. Abe never gave up and just pleading with god.
FInally, god grew tired of Abes pleas. So God spoke to Abe. God said, Abe, I hear you. What is it you want. Abe looked around and could see noone. So god asked again, “abe, what is you want?” Abe replied, " I want to win the lotto, why have you not heard my pleas?’
God replied, “Abe you have to buy a ticket before you can win!”
God is real, and God is really personal. In your case Susan, you lived God’s benolovent love and care for you through a priest, and through the Good Sisters! If you want more of God’s personal love, He’s there in Church waiting for you “to buy your ticket.”
I can promise you that if you take one step towards God, He will “take two steps towards you!”
Luke Chapter 15: 1 "Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance."
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I and others who read this will be praying for you.:signofcross::heaven:
Yesterday I confided in a close friend regarding recent events. She is an atheist so naturally her response was not a favourable one. She is a psychologist by training, and is of the opinion that I am simply reacting to my recent move - that I am looking to relive some positive aspects of my childhood, the church building nearby is triggering me, and so forth. She’s advised me to avoid the church and see a therapist instead.
Your friend seems to be of the mind that “God is simply a myth.” If this is the TRUTH, then ask her this question:
All of humanity have a “mind” (not speaking of the brain here, which is :matter"), have an intellect, have a memory, and a freewill.
Something can only be what it is right?
Something cannot be what it is not, right?
Something cannot give what it does not possess correct?
So qunatify for me your “mind.”
How long, how wide, how deep, what color, what is it’s shape. We can prove that we all have a “mind,” but we cannot see it, feel it, smell it, touch it, becasue the mind, like the other Gifts I listed are NOT physical, not MATTER, they are Spiritual! So how can something Spiritual evolve from MATTER, which is not spiritual, nor can it be spiritual?
God is real. and God is REALLY GOD, Good, Loving, all-everything good-perfectly!
Susan, go find God, he is waiting for you! Speak to the priest after Mass.
Might I suggest you sit near the rear, so you can more easily mimic actions. Also, please know that only informed, practicing Catholics can receive Catholic Holy Communion.
You may sit whenerver the others are kneeling.
Suasan, we look forward to hearning more from you. I suggest a 9 or 10 am Sunday morning Mass so you can hear the music too.
Love and prayers, dear friend
So, I am asking you, as Catholics, what do you think? Is my friend right? Should I avoid the Church or should I try mass and see what happens? I know a bit about the teachings of the Church; to be perfectly honest, some aspects are appealing to me and others are not. I worry I would be attending for the wrong reasons, as my friend suggests. I also do not want to be unintentionally disrespectful to the church, with being an agnostic. Though, lately I feel open to changing my beliefs.
Susan, we can and will answer all of your questions. There are some Extrodinary reasons to be a Catholic!
Thank you in advance for any and all responses.