One of the reasons I am intrigued on writing this forum, is seeing forums with much debate on the 7 of 7 questions. While we all assume that we are all on catholic match.com because we're catholic, what makes us catholic? Why are we catholic? What do we believe in as catholics? Do we fully understand our catholicism? Were we properly catechized? and so many other questions.
I have a family member, who was baptised catholic, raised catholic, and for sometime, raised her children in the faith along with catholic schooling. However, she made a huge U turn in her faith and decided that the catholic church teaches nothing but lies. Afterall, her opinion was, you don't pray to Mary, the Holy Eucharist is just merely symbolic, confession is between you and God and not a priest, and the list goes on and on. Although I have to give this family member alot of credit with her new born again christian belief in theology, it still strikes me funny that when you ask this person, do you take the bible literally? Do you believe God at His Word? She will always answer yes!!! So when God says, "Truly, Truly I tell you, if you do not eat of my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you!", why is it that you cannot believe or have faith that the bread and wine truly becomes His sacrificial body? Afterall, I explain to her that in the old testament, they sacrificed the perfect spotless lamb! What did they do with the sacrifice of the lamb in the old testament? They ate it in atonement for their sins.
So Jesus came down as the perfect, sinless spotless lamb for us in the new testament, right? She says, yes, well we no longer have to sacrifice an animal because He came as the perfect spotless lamb and sacrificed His life for us, shed His blood for us. So we as catholics truly believe in the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ Himself! She continues to tell me that it was merely symbolic. I said, then why in the bible when God says "truly, truly or varely, varely I tell you"? That's in a sense like God saying (I promise I promise) this is the truth! If you had the faith of a mustard seed, you would tell that mountain to move! She goes onto to debate that there is no man/person that can change wine into blood or bread into human flesh. Well you can imagine how the debate went on from there.
About a year ago, I traveled for nearly four months, I didn't work and had time to study, reflect and learn alot about our faith by the grace of God. God came knocking at my door, after I sat in my backyard crying, asking God, show me the truth, afterall, when you debate a born again christian who knows his or her bible inside out, you better know scripture, which I sadly didn't to the degree in which she did. So God took me away for months, my son, my daughter and grandkids went. In listening to Immaculate Heart radio, EWTN, Journey Home by Marcus Grodi, from there, I had come across many amazing people who were on their journey, alot like my family member, but made some astonishing realizations in their journey and coming HOME to the Catholic Church.
Here is Tim Staples biography, one of many persons that I found through listening, amongst many other great people I found also, but he's one that knew his theology. I know it's alot of reading and listening, but to the one who reads this forum, I hope it blesses you and finds you on fire for your faith and a better understanding in the 7 of 7 questions.
(Tim Staples: BIOGRAPHY)
(Tim Staples: What Catholics believe about our Blessed Mother)
(Tim Staples: the Infallibility of the Pope)
(Tim Staples: on the Eucharist)
(Tim Staples: on contraception-a grave evil)
(Tim Staples: on Sanctity of Life)
(Tim Staples: holy orders)
(Tim Staples: pre-marital sex)