It’s easy to focus on distinctives, but the reality is I didn’t come to these forums - specifically a Catholic forum- because I enjoy talking about what I disagree with. I came because there are certain aspects of Catholicism and some forms of Catholic spirituality that I am attracted to and I like to fellowship with like minded Christians.
-The church building as a place for private prayer.
Sometimes I feel the need to go somewhere to pray, not just my own room and house. It helps me cut off distractions. Inevitably protestant churches are always closed and locked when they are not being used for communal gatherings, but some Catholic churches are often open, or they have set times when they are open for private prayer. I really enjoy this, but I do not like to go to the Catholic Church because I am conscious that the protocol is to kneel to the tabernacle and my conscience won’t allow this (though I like to kneel to pray, just not that genuflection when taking my seat). So I long for the reverent quiet of a Catholic church, but find myself unable to go.
-I love the spirituality. When it is Christ-centred I love the fact that people are willing to talk about prayer and piety and spiritual growth. I find it harder to find protestants who like to talk about spirituality and growth in holiness.
There’s plenty I don’t agree with but I guess these are the things that brought me here.