WHAT IS THAT ONE QUOTE ABOUT IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE A CHURCH, YOU’D CHOOSE THE ONE THAT WAS BEATEN AND PROSECUTED JUST LIKE JESUS CHRIST?!?!?!?! IT WAS PRETTY LONG…
— Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Three to Get Married)
I was working my second shift of the summer last night and I worked with the new manager. She was an absolute sweetheart and I look forward to working with her in the future. She is a bit older than me, maybe 20, and she was telling me about all the new employees I hadn’t yet met. When it came to one of the workers, she couldn’t find a kind word. She told me this boy was extremely conservative, religious, and was a Mormon (she didn’t know at the time I was also very conservative and religious). She then told me she had a child. He ended up coming in later than night with her parents and it was clear my manager loved that three-year-old with all her heart and his face lit up when he saw her. Anyway, as she was describing the worker, she told me he had done something that really irritated her. He walked up to her and asked if it was true she had a kid. She said yes and he continued. He asked her if she knew it was a sin and began, as she explained, “forcing God on her.” He told her she needed to ask for forgiveness and that she was going to Hell for what she had done.
She sounded so hurt telling me this. I confessed to her that I was conservative and a practicing Catholic and I told her I thought it was awful he said that. I gave her an apology on behalf of all Christians for such behavior and we continued on with our shift.
But it got me thinking about a big issue many Christians have been involved in defending. Abortion. Of all those who are pregnant, who has the most to lose from an unplanned pregnancy? A 40-year-old woman who has been through college and is in a good career with paid leave during pregnancy or a teenage who hasn’t finished high school whose “real life” hasn’t started yet? Who do you think is more pressured to get an abortion due to those circumstances? The teen. Yes, teen moms made a mistake and there is no doubt in that. But think of the choice they made later. They chose life! Societal pressure for abortions on pregnant teens is huge! AND THEY CHOSE LIFE! How wonderful? They finally clicked for me last night. My view on teen moms has really changed. Should you have a tv show? I don’t think so. But choosing life is an amazing choice. You gave someone the gift of life.
So to all the teen moms out there, I think that choice was wonderful and I salute you on it. Thank you for choosing life for someone else even at the expense of part of your own.
Recently, I’ve seen a couple of posts here and there dissing public schools, especially by some really awesome God fearing Catholics. Look, I think it is awesome that your schools follow our beautiful faith and you have an apostle of God at your graduation and for that I am extremely jealous. But I would not be a Catholic today if I went to the private Catholic high school I tried so desperately to attend. So for that, I am very thankful I went to a public school. I was surrounded by people who didn’t believe. It made my relationship with God very personal. It gave me a challenge.
My school was awesome. We had great teachers and interesting classes. We had amazing students and I love my graduating class. We all had an amazing time together.
So does that make my education any less valuable because I didn’t fork over thousands every year for it? No. Does it make my education less valuable because I didn’t have a religion class? No. I went and looked for information myself. So please stop hating on public schools. There are some amazing public schools out there. Do I think there are some areas where it would be better to go to a private school instead of a public one (like Chicago)? Absolutely, but that’s not the case everywhere.
Lastly, in a certain post shaming public schools, the OP didn’t use the correct your/you’re. That’s something we learned in my poor old public school that you might want to inform your private school of. I didn’t point it out, but I was about to since I took the post QUITE offensively.
That is all.
Today at mass, my priest’s homily consisted of telling everyone they need to support the Catholic Church and all her beliefs or get out.
He literally said,
“When the president voiced his opinion on gay marriage, that was fine. It’s politics. Doesn’t bother me that much. However, when the vice president, a Catholic, comes out and supports it, that’s when I have a big problem. That’s when we all have a big problem. If you are not defending the Catholic Church’s stance on things, we love you and we love that you’re here at our church, but you need to make a choice. Stand with her or leave.”
Basically, I love him. We need on fire Catholics that support our church. That support what Jesus loved so dearly. Again, like my priest said,
“When Jesus left this world and ascended into Heaven, He didn’t leave us alone. He left us His Bride, the Church.
We have the Church and we must love and defend Her as Jesus Christ wants.
Stop advertising Catholics for Choice. I will never ever EVER like that. Ever.
An actual Catholic
All over my Facebook newsfeed is a bunch of stuff from people supporting gay marriage. Cover photos. Articles. Videos. Statuses.
If I were to post something against it, all of the sudden comments and messages would come pouring in about how horrible of a person I am. No one would listen to my argument. No one would give me the respect that I have been giving everyone else on their opinions.
This nation hates Catholics and I am continually feeling the sting of it. I’ll take it. I will always fight for the Lord.
Apparently when some protestant denominations are doing exorcisms, they can’t do it and the response is to bring the person the Catholics because we got it going on.
So I got sick and was hospitalized this week. Long story short, I will not be leaving for Italy tomorrow. I will not be in the Vatican on Tuesday as I had been so looking forward to and counting down the days until.
Pray that I am peaceful and accept this as God’s will. I’ve been keeping quite positive so far! Pray that I stay that way! =]