The Independent Variable - Matt Haugland

Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Catholic Church

I love the Catholic Church. I think it has a lot of problems, and there are many things I disagree with it about. But I love it.

A little history. A few years ago I went through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program at the local Catholic church. It's normally what people do to become members, but I did it to learn more about what they believe. The process took several months. During that time, I also attended the Catholic services every Sunday afternoon. I enjoyed it very much. I was even invited as a guest on a Catholic radio show to talk about the RCIA experience.

Two things stood out most about the Church. First, the people. I always felt so welcome, as if I belonged there. Second, their door is always open. They have a small prayer room that is open to anyone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Even though I no longer attend services there, I still go to the prayer room occasionally. I went there 3 times this week. Every time I'm there it makes me forget about all the disagreements between churches/religions. I see rosaries and other Catholic things there, but they don't remind me of our disagreements. Quite the opposite. They remind me that even though we disagree about so much, we are united in purpose and share a common love for God and each other.


At 3:58 PM, Blogger Marcian said...

Not so sure I'd agree with you there.

At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Jason said...

I was raised Catholic, and I know exactly what you are talking about. I love going to Catholic Church service. It gives me a warm feeling. Maybe it is bias, however I like going to Catholic Church more than any other I have been to. It makes me feel at peace.

At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, Matt: a heresy we can agree on :-)


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