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Why I am catholic – Focus is on God

When you attend mass the focus is on God. We enter the church and cross ourselves with the baptismal waters in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to remind us that through our baptism our sins were forgiven by the death of Jesus on the cross. When the priests, deacons, servers and readers proceed into the church with the cross leading the way when are reminded that we are to follow the cross of Jesus. When we all pray together, when the readings from the Old Testament, New Testament and the Gospel of the Lord the focus is on God. We sing from the book of Psalms. The whole focus of the mass is towards God, not the show, not the lights, not the music and not the homily. And the highlight of the mass (in my opinion) is when the priest holds up the body of Christ and proclaims “This is the Lamb of God” and there is Jesus!! Our Savior, Our God, Our Lord. The real presence of Christ in the specicies of the bread and wine, it is the body and blood of Christ. Who says miracles no longer happen? A miracle happens each time the eurcharist is given to us whether it is daily or weekly or to some once a year ( 1 Cor. 10:16–17, 11:23–29; and, most forcefully, John 6:32–71). This is why I am catholic, God is the focus. Maybe that’s why catholics get a bad rap for not memorizing the Bible verses etc, because they been taught to be focused on God instead of rote memory work.

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