My mind is everywhere today, I thought about religion today because this woman I know was talking about going to church every Sunday and how she won't miss it because she feels like she's a better person because of it. I can tell you from first hand experience, this woman is not a good person based on her malicious actions in the past. I won't judge her and will respectfully listen to her side of reasoning.
Again, I'm not a priest or nun...nor do I claim to be one. I attend church when I can but I will admit I'm not there every week or donating every two seconds. My father worked for the Archdiocese for most of his life here in America. So, if anyone knows the church and what its about ..its me. My personal opinion and feelings of the Catholic Church are mixed. Yes, there is corruption, scandal and badness, but what is created through the 'holy-rollers' is what creates the negative Catholic stereotype.
I posed the question in an earlier blog about "how do we expect to keep the interest and culture of the young Italians if we are constantly surrounded by negative Italian stereotypes..? Well, I think the same goes for the Catholic image. Italians are a large Catholic faith based culture and attaching a second negative stereotype to our belief system is also a strike against us. Look, I'm not saying the bad doesn't exist in the church, but what I am saying is that we as the "followers" or "parishioners" need to evaluate what it really means to be Catholic. Its not about the money basket, donations, and scandals. Its about educating the youth in a modern way about living a greater life without reasonable sins and resisting all evil. We live in modern times, we can't expect our youth to live like nuns and priests but what we can do is teach faith and give them the outline on how to strive to be better people. Education is key.
I'm going to jump around a bit on my thoughts.... I am Catholic and strongly believe in faith, hope, spirit, Jesus, God, a stronger force than myself. I am by no means a holy-roller. Sometimes its so hard for me to believe the masses that actually go to church, I'm not accusing anyone of anything negative and maybe its a good thing they go to church because maybe they could be worse as people, but my mind is made up-- the holy-rollers are a dangerous bunch. They force their children to go to church and all the while their kids are bad, sinners or whatever else..will kick anyone down while down. These are the people who think that attendance means you're a good Catholic.
You might know these people, they could live next door to you or even be related to you. My idea of being a good Catholic is being good to everyone, never malicious, accepting of someone or their ideals or religion, and being faithful to your own religion. The holy-rollers disguise themselves in the attendance records of being at church, but yet we all know the dirty secret of these phony 'Catholics.' They want to be good Catholics, but I guess will never be because their selfishness, maliciousness, envy, and ill will over power their disguise of the good Catholic. You know I feel this great need today to talk about maintaining our faith and belief system without expecting unreasonable expectations, educating your children with good morals and not just letting them think that if you go to church you're a good person. Work on being good, good can only grow. The Catholic church needs a makeover, and a PR campaign.