Catholic Christianity vs. Islam

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Catholic Christianity versus Islam
November 30, 2007

Catholicism has been around for along time although it has evolved over the years. Some Catholics are more liberal and accepting of new beliefs while others remain true to the original doctrines. The Roman Catholic Church traces its history to Jesus Christ and the Apostles, (Roman Catholicism, 2007). The Roman Catholic’s are the largest group under Christianity in the world. Some of the customs of the Roman Catholic Church came from Doctrines handed down in the church, meaning by man. A couple of weeks ago I attended a Catholic Church service with my friend Sharon. The church is located in Graham, Washington about ten minutes from my home in Spanaway. The name of the church is Holy Disciples Catholic Church. I attended Catholic Mass as a young child but I had forgotten how beautiful the inside of a Catholic church can be. When you first enter this beautiful building you can’t help but to stand and stare in awe. There are figures of the Virgin Mary and other people that I believe were saints. There is a large cross at the front with Jesus hanging from it. On the one hand it was painful to see Jesus hanging up there but it also was a reminder of what he did for humanity. On each side of the entrance to the chapel are little dishes filled with holy water hanging on the wall. As each person enters, they dip their fingers in the holy water and make the sign of the cross, touching the forehead, the chest, the left shoulder and the right shoulder. We walked in and I felt strangely nervous. We went about halfway down the aisle and then sat down in a pew. The pews are long bench like seating. Directly in front of us, which are the back of the pew in front of us, there are pockets that hold hymn books. Below is a small cushioned place to kneel and pray. The organ was playing music and then the people began to sing. Not loudly like we do in our non-denominational Christian church that I currently attend, but soft and pretty. When the priest came out he was wearing a long robe with something hanging over the shoulders. Not sure what it was called but it was pretty ornate. The priest looks at everyone and says “the Lord be with you” and the congregation returns with “and also with you”. There are a couple of alter boys standing around the priest and they walk up to him and I notice him pull out this gold looking thing. It looks sort of like a scepter. He shakes it towards one side were the congregation is seated and then the other. Sprinkles of holy water are splashed on the people in front row, I am sure. Some of it is vaguely familiar but I am still sitting there staring in awe. As he proceeds through the mass I don’t recall much of what was said but I found it to be very ritualistic. I bet if someone yelled out “Hallelujah” the whole congregation would turn and stare. At one point there is communion. The priest takes a large round wafer and breaks it and says something like “this is the body of Christ….” Then he takes a goblet of wine and raises it up and say “this is the blood of Christ…” when he is finished everyone forms a line and goes up to the front to partake in communion. I remained in my pew as I didn’t feel comfortable participating although my church also has communion but it is a little different. Shortly after communion things wrapped up and it was time to leave. On the way I out I saw them. I didn’t notice them on the way in but there were three confessional booths on each side at the rear of the church. I had a flash of my childhood when my Mom made us go into the confessional and ask for forgiveness of our sins. Forgive me father for I have sinned. It has been two weeks since my last confession. It was coming back to me. Last Sunday evening I went to my friend Sharon’s house to ask her some questions. She doesn’t attend as often as she used to or as she said, as often as she would like. Her memory was not so...
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