My sister has been on a RANT the last fiew weeks. She left the church as a teenager (in fact, she was never even confermed) she joined this protestent church in adulthood that was made up of a bunch of ex-cathoics who decided that NO tradition was needed. Not even traditional music. For example. they play secular music and eat snacks during service :eek:
My other sister just put her daughter through first communion and is on the oppisate side of the fense. she is OBSESSED with tradition and memorizing prayers and looking good infront of the entire congragation. She’s been bragging about how her daughter has every prayer memorized. Unfortunately, her daughter has no real understanding of the meaning behind those prayers.
so my protestent sister has used this new situation as the launching pad for her rant (every time we talk) about how stupid it is that mass is the same thing every week. How she feels like the fly by the seat of my pants prayer is much better for church and is more uplifting. She said that every time she hears catholics praying in church, it sounds like they are just reciting a bunch of words and they aren’t praying with their hearts. She also says that Jesus never intended for people to just be caught up in a bunch of rituals. There isn’t just one way to do things.
Now I know this is not the right way to think, but I am no good at explaining things to her. She’s so caught up in that whole mega-nondenominational-fundamentelest-church mentality, I am really at a loss what to say. I dread every conversation with her because she dominates the whole thing with her rants.
I was thinking it would be good to get her a CD of some kind. She’s not much of a reader, so I thought listening to someone talk would be a good idea. (lord knows it would be good for her to be on the receiving end for a change)
can anyone reccomend a good CD that would
- hilight some of the history behind the mass
- give some of the scriptural references for the mass
- explain the importance of the prayers said in mass
- help the listener understand why it’s irrevelent what other people are thinking during mass and how that has no bearing on the truth behind the traditions.
obviously, all these questions are probably not answered on one single CD, but if there are a couple I can get that would help, that would be great.
Any ideas? My sister is a fairly simple person, so something with a bunch of huge fancy words would not be very affective. Something for the common man would be great.
ps my very sanity depends upon me at least getting her to see my point of view.