Reflective Essay On The Catholic Church

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On a recent trip to New York City, I was privileged to see the legendary St. Patrick’s Cathedral for myself. Having been raised in a Protestant tradition- I was surprised by how deeply I was moved by this experience. The majesty, rituals and traditions of The Catholic Church have always held me in awe. My brothers and sisters from my Dad’s first marriage were all raised Catholic- had rosaries, first communions and Godparents, went to catechism, Catholic schools and midnight all looked so much richer than my seventies era post hippy , stripped down post pomp and circumstance, non-denominational church life at the Woodland Drive In Church. We had a bible retitled “God is Love”, Sunday school in the concession building and our own confirmation was applauded by car horns. Safe to say, my formative years were not spent learning the finer points of The Good Book.

In large part due to my church life- I have always been a big picture person. The Good News has
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() He sent Jesus to us to save us from ourselves and the worst of our humanity.He taught us of God’s love and Grace above all, for all. Divine love, Agape(research) is a deep, sacrificial, tough love. (New testament verses,parables re:Love) Jesus died for our sins so that we may live with and love our God eternally. (verses)While we are here, we are to share that message, and that love.(verses)

We are Christians because He loved. They will know we are Christians by our love.(verses) He suffered.*Humanity,Crucifixion,Distance from God (verses and apologetics re:The Crucifixion) We will suffer*Humanity,Cost of discipleship,Distance from God(verses, cite textbook)...but He overcame. (Verses and apologetics re: The resurrection) We will overcome in Him (verses). He rose into Heaven and sits at His Fathers side forever.(verses and apologetics re: The Resurrection) We will, in Heaven, praise forever and live in His love and Grace for all

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