Ten Reasons The Catholic Church is Cool

 

Ten reasons Catholic Church is cool

1. It was founded by Jesus Christ. It was founded by the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of God, the Word of God made flesh.  Ladies and gentlemen:  Jesus Christ.

2. We don’t conform to society. Ahem:  Chastity, Modesty, Pro-life, traditional marriage, care for the poor, disenfranchised and vulnerable, defense of the right to private property and a just wage. So basically, the exact opposite of Hollywood/MTV/the media in general/and trendies on both sides of the political spectrum everywhere.

3. Jesus rose from the dead.

4. Sacrament of Confession:  We don’t have to spend the rest of our lives feeling guilty about sins, because once we go to Confession, in the eyes of God and of the Church those sins NEVER happened.

5. St. Francis of Assisi proclaimed peace and revolution before the hippies did.  And he did it without drugs.

6. The Catholic Church has preserved the Creeds and Christian teaching in the face of every opposition for 2,000 years.

7. The Church supports women. 

Mary is honored more than any other saint (and no, we do not worship  her.  We worship God; we honor Mary as His     mother.) After the Mass, the Rosary is the most popularly encouraged prayer/devotion.

St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Catherine of Sienna: Doctors of the Church.

The first person to whom Jesus revealed Himself as the Messiah was the woman at the well.

In the Parable of the Lost coin, Jesus used a woman as the metaphor for God.

The first person to see Jesus after his resurrection was a woman.

St. Joan of Arc: Led France (like, in battle and in armor) to freedom in the name of God.

In the words of Flannery O’Connor, “the Catholic Church would as readily canonize a woman saint as a man.”

8. Traditions that go back to the year 33 a.d. (when Christ founded the Church.)

9. The Communion of Saints: We can ask the saints to pray for us/our intentions when we aren’t able to. There are times when we aren’t able to pray, but the saints are spending eternity in union with Christ!

10.  And finally, we can touch the Living Christ in the Eucharist and be healed at every mass. 

  • http://onesobercatholic.wordpress.com Mary Christine

    That made me so happy, it brought a tear to my eye. Thanks!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      :-)

  • Korou

    Sorry – “Defense to the right of private property?” Wow, so hip!

    Number 10 is interesting. Do we have evidence of healing takking place, preferably on video?

    7. The church supports women, but won’t allow them to be priests.

    3. Well, that is pretty cool. Setting aside the question of whether it actually happened or not, this isn’t an exclusively Catholic belief.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Excellent! I always said an old fogey like me was cool. ;) Number 3 isn’t particularly Catholic though; it applies to all Christians. You might want to substitute it with something else, say with the church through plainchant being the source of what we consider music today.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plainsong

  • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

    :-) :-) Although I could claim that we protestants share many (more than most think) of these.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      True. There is only one Jesus.

      • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

        Indeed. But what I was thinking of was that Luther continued his Marian devotions throughout his life :-)

    • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

      Which ones? I can only see #3 and parts of #2. The rest are specifically Catholic.

      • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

        No Manny, We protestants are the same church reformed, and in truth we had much to do with reforming the Roman Church itself. There is little that a Catholic believes that I, as a Lutheran do not believe. The History of my church until the Reformation is the history of the Roman Church, and before Chalcedon the Eastern and Coptic churches as well, they are my brothers and sisters in Christ.

        • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

          Yeah, but your Lord’s Supper is not the actual body and blood of Christ. Do Lutherans do confession? I don’t really know. I guess Lutherans have a communion of saints, I don’t know. My mind was more focused on the Calvinist Protestants, especially evangelicals since that is what I mostly see. It’s true Lutherans and Anglicans–the high church versions of both–have a lot in common with Catholics. Why don’t you Lutherans come home and join back? I’m saying that in true Christian charity. We should be one church and we’d love to have you back, especially as you say that there is little difference in our beliefs.

          • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

            Actually for us, He is in and around the wafer, pretty subtle to be sure, although you guys call it heresy :-). Some Lutherans do Confession although it’s fairly uncommon, and yes you’re right as you get up both the Anglican and Lutheran candlesticks we start looking more and more Catholic. In truth, my dearest friend, who is CofE, finds that her CofE parish acts far more Catholic (Conservative) than her local RC parish.

            And you are right, Evangelicals and Calvinist are sometimes all over the map, God love em.

            Why don’t we come back? Habit and tradition mostly, I suspect. I also suspect that we exert a check on each other which is good for all of us.

            • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

              Well, brother/sister (not sure which) in Christ, I want you all to come back. I did check your website and it looks interesting. I’ll have to look at more carefully later.

              • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

                It’s brother, and just had a quick look at yours, to which I will return. I thank you for that. I hope you enjoy mine, you are certainly welcome, although religion is not my main thrust, as it is my coauthors on her site.

            • Top8305

              Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18 – 25 Jan
              The Church must be one. (No divisions, no dissensions, same mind, united of one heart)
              Jn 10:16, 17:17-23
              Rom 12:5, 15:5, 16:17
              1 Cor 1:10, 12:13
              Eph 4:4-6
              Phil 2:2
              Col 3:15
              The Church is Authoritative
              Mt 18:18-17, 28:18-20
              Lk 10:16
              Jn 20:23
              1 Cor 11:24
              The Church is Infallible
              Mt 28:20
              Lk 10:16
              Jn 14:26, 16:13
              Acts 15:28
              1 Tim 3:15
              1 Jn 2:27
              The Church is Perpetual; Eternal/Un-ending
              Isaiah 9:6-7
              Dan 2:44, 7:14
              Lk 1:32-33
              Mt 7:24, 13:24-30, 16:18, 28:19-20
              Jn 14:16

  • Will

    I think ALL seven sacraments could be part of this.

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  • FW Ken

    Two points:

    1. The Church defends property rights, but within the context of moral responsibility. I guess that puts us closer to capitalism than not, but with the caution against avarice, a sin as deadly as any. Our duty as Christians is to love our neighbors, using material goods as a means to that end. We don’t have a duty to make as much money as we can.

    2. To equate ordination with one’s value is clericalism of the worst sort, not to mention theological ignorance.

  • http://mycatholicblog.com Erin Pascal

    Wonderful and inspiring post. In the light of the recent trials thrown at the Catholic church, it is great to be reminded of why we love and will never forsake our faith. Your number 6 reason especially struck a chord with me: “The Catholic Church has preserved the Creeds and Christian teaching in the face of every opposition for 2,000 years. Thank you for sharing this Rebecca!

  • midwestlady

    The Catholic Church IS cool. But St. Francis of Assisi was N.O.T. a hippie. Nowhere near it.


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