Response: How does being a Catholic make sense to you?

In the April 29 issue of The Tidings, readers were invited to respond to Father Ken Deasy’s reflection, “How does being a Catholic make sense to you?” This week, we continue to present readers’ responses to this question. A new topic will be offered May 17.

‘God will always be there for me’
I am finding out every day the real meaning of being a Catholic. It's my personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the hardships, trials and doubts that come along the way. Being a Catholic has taught me what true faith, hope and love are.

—The faith that, no matter what happens, God will always be there for me.

—The hope that, no matter how imperfect I am, my heavenly Father is always there to accept me.

—And the last and most important one, which took me 40 years to learn and I'm still learning, is love. Love is not only loving my family and friends, or the people in my church, but also learning to accept and respect other people regardless of the differences in our religious beliefs.

Because, at the end of the day, I am not just a Catholic, but also a child of God. And God is all about LOVE.

Sarah Pia Cantila
Palmdale


‘It is who I am’
Why am I Christian? That’s simple; in Peter’s words, “You have the words of eternal life.” But I’ve asked myself, "Why be a Catholic Christian?" especially because I know people of virtue and generosity who belong to other denominations.

I’ve noticed many denominations have names with the suffix “ist” or “an” (e.g. Methodist, Lutheran) to indicate their specific beliefs.

In the past Catholics were sometimes called “Papists,” but we didn’t accept that label, because being Catholic is much more than what we believe — it is our family. This is why we call Mary our mother, our priests “father” and the Pope “Papa.”

The Mass is my family meal. The saints are my role models and I ask them to pray for me, as I would ask any family member.

The Catholic Church is fundamentally who I am and it is my home — it’s that simple.

Steve Mills
Glendale


‘The sign of the cross is special’
I am a Roman Catholic convert baptized 2006. I married a Catholic girl in 1968 and raised my two sons as Catholic.

I was raised in the secular world but did believe there was a God above watching over me. As a child, I always admired the sign of the cross I saw on TV and in movies, and knew this was something special that only the Catholic Church used as a sign from God.

The sign of the cross is what will keep the Catholic Church strong until the end of time. I once did an announcement at the end of Mass about a coming event, and I added that I was a convert to the Catholic church. I told the congregation that I asked God for a sign as to which church I should join. I looked up toward heaven in church and said, “This is the sign he gave me.” I then made the sign of the cross and received a very loud ovation by the whole church.

David Crow Cope
Newbury Park


The Tidings will continue to present reflections from members of its Editorial Council, and responses from as many readers as space permits. Responses are subject to editing; please limit your responses to 200 words, and either email them to mnelson@the-tidings.com, or mail them to The Tidings (attn.: Perspectives), 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010. Please include your full name, address, email and telephone number.


Voices

Seeking the face of God in the Scriptures

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Prayer is seeking the face of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church recalls the story of how St. John Vianney once found a peasant praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The saint asked him what he was doing, and the man replied: “I look at him and he looks at me.”

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February 13, 2016

  • Saturday, February 13

    World Day of the Sick Mass, Mass and Anointing of the Sick, 12:30 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels,  555 W Temple St, Los Angeles. Archbishop Gomez presiding with other bishops and priests. Special section designated for those in wheelchairs with volunteers available to help. Limited parking available for $8. Carpooling is encouraged. For more info: Chuck Huebner at cjhuebner @gmail.com or Jim LoCoco at flavialococ0@msn.com.

     

     

    Bosco Tech’s Yurak Memorial Run & Kids’ Fun Run, Check in begins at 8 a.m., Memorial Run at 9 a.m., Fun Run at 10 a.m., Bosco Tech, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead. Race registration is $35 per person. For school groups of 10 or more, the cost is $30. To register online, go to www.boscotech.edu/events or www.yurak.eventbrite.com; same-day registration available at check-in table. Included: racing fees, finisher medal, goodie bag and BBQ lunch. Plaques will be awarded to the top five male and female runners and to the fastest runner under 18.All proceeds to benefit Bosco Tech’s Yurak Athletic Center (YAC). 

     

    Cabrini Literary Guild “Sweetheart Bingo” Meeting, Sat., Feb.13 at Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale. Meeting starts at 11 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. ($30/person), and bingo social at 1 p.m. Bingo cards are $5 each, or $20 for five cards. For reservations, call (818) 790-3485.

     

    Footprints: Making Tracks for Neighbors in Need, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Bishop Amat High School track, 14301 Fairgrove Ave., La Puente. Catholic Charities San Gabriel Region will present this annual walk/run fundraiser to increase awareness about poverty, hunger and homelessness in the San Gabriel Region. Proceeds benefit those lacking basic needs, such as food, clothing, transportation and shelter. This is a come anytime, leave anytime event, with the first lap around the track to be led by Bishop David O'Connell. For more information, visit lentenfootprints.yolasite.com or contact Mary Romero at (213) 251-3582 or mromero@ccharities.org.

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