“Mary was religious…”~priest

I was at McDonald’s yesterday.  Across the table from me sat Mary.  I find it no longer unusual for God to put people in my path who have a story.  I do find it unusual now when I go somewhere, that someone does not find a place in my story.  I wonder why that is?

Mary is in her mid 70’s.  She was very nicely dressed and was killing time at McDonald’s until she was to make her appointment.  I asked how she was and she shared what a friend her doctor has been to her since the passing of her husband.
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She shared how things have changed.  People are different from her generation.  Now, they are less caring.  They dress immorally.  They have lost their sense of values. Sometimes, she wishes her priest would tell the ladies to dress more appropriately.  Afterall, they don’t have to show everything.  I agreed.
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Mary says she prays her rosary everyday.  She wanted to know what religion I was.  I said I wasn’t so much into religion.  I thought my faith was more about Jesus.  She agreed.  I said I was protestant.  I don’t really know what that means, but I said I was one.  She asked if I was a pastor?  I said no, but I wonder….
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I  wonder about Mary being a religious person.  I wonder if her religion has brought her to a relationship with Christ.  Some would say it is religion that brings us to Christ.  I’m not so sure….
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It is the desire of my heart that God be Lord of my life. Life’s experiences have killed the old man and God is building a new creation in me. I look forward to experiencing the new man God creates in the old vessel known as Archie via "God Spots".

4 thoughts on ““Mary was religious…”~priest”

  1. I have a hard time reconciling Christian and Catholic and what some call Christian Catholic. Mother Teresa was catholic, but no doubt loved Jesus. But so much of the Phariseeical ways of Catholicism are the very thing Jesus preached against. Not to mention the unhealthy worship of Mary. [ http://www.carm.org ]

    So how can two opposite theologies co-exist? One based on relationship, one based on rules. Doesn’t seem possible, yet we’ve seen it manifest. I do know that for those who are living in a religiously yet love Jesus will just missed out on certain freedoms found in Christ. However, doesn’t the Holy Spirit convict of such things.

    Just thinkin’ outloud

  2. My mom is a Catholic in her 70s. When I was saved I brought her to our place (New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii), and she went to her priest and asked him if she was sinning by going to another church. When she told him which church, he laughed and encouraged her to go. She was blown away by understanding how much Father loves her. We gave her a bible (Catholic, of course), and she likes to read it. And while she still says her rosary every day, she is working on forgiveness and watching people on the Christian TV station. God is doing a work in her!

  3. Thank you TJ and Berna. Very heartfelt posts. My mother-in-law was catholic before the church tossed her because she married a protestant. She is a beautiful lady who I believe continues to grow closer to God daily. She prays.

    I figure why would anyone pray if they didn’t know to whom they were praying? I know that thought may not be Biblical, but it is comforting while we pray.

  4. Pulled from Facebook thread…

    Nathan Lambshead Well, Catholics have faith in reciting words to. Their own form of ‘positive confession’. I do not know much about them or whether Mother Theresa did them or not. What’s the answer?
    9 hours ago ·

    Teri Undreiner I’m sure she did. She was a catholic. But… that is just speculation like most other things we “assume”.
    9 hours ago ·

    Liz McDaniel I would assume so as well. I hope that doesn’t make an @ss out of U and ME lol.
    8 hours ago ·

    Joey Pierson It does not matter what she did or did not do. her relationship with God, was between her and God. It is not for us to ponder . She had faith, she had works . Her religiosity is relative .
    8 hours ago ·

    Pam Turner Breen I took that as a light hearted fun kinda question Joey…..
    6 hours ago ·

    Joey Pierson It was, and it is . : ) Archie is a light hearted fun Man of God. I love him as I do everyone else . Not everyone will take that it that way . We are accountable for the people we help, and hurt.
    5 hours ago ·

    Archie Rhines The questions to my mind because i rashly said religion makes God want to puke. Then i couldn’t define religion. Then i met what seemed to be a Godly rosary reciting female. Didn’t know what to with her…
    5 hours ago ·

    Joey Pierson There are many things that make God angry . The vengeance belongs to him . Mother Theresa is no longer with us, if she was, I would still be loving her like I do everyone else. If we allow ourselves to become angry for the spiritual iniquities of others, it can fester hate, and that is not of God .
    5 hours ago ·

    Liz McDaniel Ummm… I like praying the Rosary. =: )
    4 hours ago ·

    Joey Pierson Case in point !
    4 hours ago ·

    Liz McDaniel ? I hope that is good? =)
    4 hours ago ·

    Joey Pierson Yes it is ? When you do the sign of the cross, you say, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit . Then ask yourself, what is the name of the Son ? Then you realize they are all in one Jesus .

    Abraham, Issac, and Jacob had no Bible. They had a relationship with the most high God . That is what you need . Tonight before you go…
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    4 hours ago ·

    Joey Pierson BTW….I served mass for years, and entertained becoming a RCP before leaving religion and allowed Jesus to set me free.
    4 hours ago ·

    Nathan Lambshead I served pentacostalism for years until Yashua set me free of that one Joey. Maybe we know the same path.
    4 hours ago ·

    Liz McDaniel I have a relationship with God, I even “chat” with Him. lol. don’t worry. Meditating on Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection is just one way of getting to know my Saviour better. When you love someone, don’t you want to know them? Haha I will also pray for you in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. You have a blessed day as well!! =)
    4 hours ago ·

    Joey Pierson yashua, Yaway, Elahim, Emannuel . There is no J sound in Greek or Hebrew, but that may be abit deep for this post.
    4 hours ago ·

    Liz McDaniel Haha I was a very active, faithful member of a non-denominational church my whole life, and am now in the process of becoming confirmed in the Catholic church and its fullness. Nice to meet you!
    4 hours ago ·

    Liz McDaniel I think I saw that in an Indiana Jones movie. =D Remember the part where he stepped on the ‘J’ and almost fell into the pit? Because it was a “Y!!” Not a ‘J.’
    4 hours ago ·

    Joey Pierson Nathan, as I said to deep for this post. Liz I love you 1 Peter 1 :22 . I am not here to judge or condemn . Please take caution as the true word of God as it was written is nothing to scoff at. I am joyful you have found your place within the Roman Catholic Church and that you are filled. Non of us should compete , as non of us have it 100% …
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    3 hours ago ·

    Nathan Lambshead One of my good friends, a roomate in CA back in 1978, is becoming an ordained catholic priest (or something of the sort) too. Him and I are still friends, even though he knows that as far as I am concerned catholicism was the pollution of the early church. Nice that we can be so different, but in spite of that recognize that we are brothers and each seek God in our way. Only when religion gets hold of a person does it break the family tie.
    3 hours ago ·

    Liz McDaniel How right you are! It is nice to have a polite conversation with someone who has a different interpretation of Christianity. Believe me, it is so refreshing! LOL Maybe I should call you “Yoey?” =) =) =)
    3 hours ago ·

    Joey Pierson Very well said . If there is strife in our hearts we are not truly redeemed .
    3 hours ago ·

    Joey Pierson Liz, you may call me whatever you wish . That is between you and God .
    3 hours ago ·

    Liz McDaniel Hahaa I love the sarcasm…
    3 hours ago ·

    Joey Pierson Are you being sarcastic ? Is this a joke for you ?
    3 hours ago ·

    Liz McDaniel No, I thought you were being sarcastic about me calling you whatever I wanted to. Your name is Joey, and you were talking about there not being a ‘J’ sound in the Hebrew language… and that’s why I asked if I should call you “Yoey.” Get it? That part was a little joke yes, the rest of it was not. Sorry if I offended…
    3 hours ago ·

    Joey Pierson No prob Sis…..Just making sure . This is my life . I truly love you and everyone else in this world. Even the one that says praise be to allah or die, I will praise God, and love the man who is decapitating my head with a dull hatchet . Denominational divide is tearing the Body of Christ to pieces . We all need to come together . We are running out of time.
    3 hours ago ·

    Liz McDaniel It is my life too! You are right; “A house divided against itself will not stand.” It was seriously very nice to meet you Joey. Praying for Christian unity!
    3 hours ago ·

    Joey Pierson Amen !
    3 hours ago ·

    Archie Rhines You guys are awesome. I moved your comments over to my God Spot blog. https://37stories.wordpress.com
    2 hours ago ·

    Marilou L. Guerrero It doesn’t matter whether she did or did not, the fact is she has so much love and compassion in her heart and became like Jesus to everyone especially the poor and needy. Jesus said, by this (love) shall all men know that you are my disciples if you have love one for another. You cannot have genuine love unless it was given to you by the spirit.
    19 minutes ago ·

    Archie Rhines That is beautifully put Marilou. Thank you.

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