Why be Catholic? With all the corruption in the Catholic Church.........

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Why be Catholic? With all the corruption in the Catholic Church.........               I say.......


Why be American with all the corruption in American government......

Because I believe like America the Catholic Church is a blessing from God.

Here is why.

Because of the Catholic church I am here today.

Both of my parents went to Catholic schools. My father grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas and went to St. Mary's University in San Antonio. My mother grew up in Houma, LA and went to Incarnate Word College in San Antonio. Because at the time St. Marys was all male and Incarnate Word was all female my parents met at the dances and functions the two schools had. As they say the rest is history. Six pregnancies later I was born. I told my Mom how blessed she was that after trying for a girl all those times and having boys she finally got her girl. Well she told me that it was not because they were trying for a girl that I was born, it was that the rhythm method did not work. That is how I know for sure I am a true gift from God. He planned it not my parents. Because they were faithful Catholics they saw my birth as that as well. A blessing from God. No matter how hard it was I was still a blessing.

I have to share with you an amazing class project that my Mother did while taking a class at St. Mary's back in 1983. Instead of getting paid to work, she worked in the office at St. Marys and was given the opportunity to take classes instead of being paid. After raising all of us kids she felt it was a great way to study her faith. Here is what came out of one of those classes. After reading it you will understand that my Mom got her faith and understood the gifts she had been given from God and how important it is to cherish our blessings. By the way my maiden name is Huggins and my Mother is Netsie.



Our families faith in the Catholic church goes even deeper than that. The stories from generation to generation of how the Catholic church brought about true conversions to Christ and miracles of life and of death are numerous and abundant. From my mother's grandfather's conversion to Christ that can be traced back to the amazing Catholic faith of the black couple who cared for his eleven children after the death of his wife. The Catholic faith that couple taught my Great Aunts and Uncles produced several Priests and Nuns and one of my Great Aunts faith in Christ saved her own father and gave him the gift of eternal life with Christ through some "Amazing Grace." The Catholic faith was also abundant in my Father's Father who left home at the age of 12 found my Grandmother and raised 6 children sending them all to Catholic schools which produced one Priest, one Monk and countless grandchildren who are God loving Christians and Catholics.

So I say to you just as America gave me an amazing foundation of privilege through the Constitution and the Bill of Rights our forefather's wrote and died for. My family was given the gift and foundation of truth of Christ through the Catholic Church. Therefore I will fight for my faith just as I will fight for my Country. 

This is my story and you all have yours. But what I find truly amazing is that in America 'One Nation under God" people of all faiths, beliefs and religions are brought together by the Constitution. We have been given the gift of FREEDOM. That is why we must come together to fight for our Great Country.  Just as my religion has been attacked from within, our Nation is being attacked from within.


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Comments (12)

Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

"Chrisis".... what a cute freudian slip.

Oct 02, 2009 04:48 AM
Alice Linahan
Voices Empower - Argyle, TX


Thank you for catching that. I did not scroll all the way down when doing spell check.

Have a great day!!


Oct 02, 2009 04:55 AM
Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

It's such a difficult subject.

I was raised in a Catholic family and went through all of the sacraments myself.

I believe truly in a spiritual higher power and in the "do unto others" approach to life.

I just have a hard time when certain religions attempt to isolate people.

Freedom is a wonderful thing as you state in this article.

Freedom to marry regardless of orientation is the same freedom is it not?  To be recognized by our consitution and having the rights to the benefits of marriage is a freedom and right to all is it not?

Or is that a "selective" freedom?  Or is it the case where that one doesn't count because it doesn't follow Catholic doctrine?

Think about it.  A freedom is only a freedom if it is acceptable by Catholics?

Alice, I respect your freedom and ability to post your beliefs and opinions.  I hepe you will extend that respect to me also.

And I admire your ability to have spiritual guidance in your life.  It is truly a blessing.

I am a firm believer in having no fear of making your spiritual beliefs your own, without having some one or some group tell you what to believe.

I know that my higher power has given me that ability - to feel, to rationalize, and to follow my heart with respect to all the beautiful people around me.

Oct 02, 2009 04:56 AM
Alice Linahan
Voices Empower - Argyle, TX


Thank you very much for your respectful and thoughtful comment. I believe it is precisely that Constitution that gives us freedom to live in America with all the diverse beliefs and backgrounds that we have.

I have got to run to work and I want to give more time to my comment back to you than I have right now. Here is a link to an article I think is very good. It is where i started in forming my comment back to you.

"Who Gets To Speak on Public TV?"


Have a wonderfully productive and blessed day!


Oct 02, 2009 06:33 AM
J Deanr

First, Alice, thank you so much for sharing, and Ralph, you put it all so eloquently...I only hope to be a benefit to mankind, not to be malicious or ignorant and to have the invisible arms of the higher spiritual powers hold me up - I have no illusions that I fall and stumble, but my core holds no evil nor avarice against anyone and will be strong to defend those who are in need, on God's terms not mankinds. mankind is a mess...when one is fortunate enough to get a zap of the insight of what it really means to be loved unconditionally by the higher spirit, it changes a person's core for the best - gentleness, joy, grace, gratitude, love,  and empathy - may we all have these attributes strengthened NOW, so we can share them with others who are going to need us, in the years ahead.

having those attributes as a core, does not mean we succumb to evil, we have them to fend and thwart and defeat evil. know the enemy, never become the enemy...bless us all.

Oct 02, 2009 08:57 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor


I too was raised in the catholic church but started searching after seeing our priest do things a christian should not do. I appreciate your stand on christian principals and I will stand right there beside you as we stand up for Jesus Christ and his teachings. Jesus said, No one comes to the father except through me. Jesus has told us his expectations for us and that can be found in the Bible.

My brother is catholic, my mother was catholic and all of us kids were raised catholic. Now I am just a Christian and go to a bible believing church. I do however respect any Catholic that is spiritual and follows God's Word.



Oct 02, 2009 09:10 AM
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Coconut Creek, FL
Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service

Alice - I too went to Catholic schools and was brought up Catholic with all the traditions and so forth, but did not find Christ in all of those rituals. When I looked to the Christ in the Word of God and asked him to be the Lord and Savior of my life did I truly become a Christian.

We are not born Christians, we are born "born again" Christians as Jesus said in John 3:3 which changed my life and beliefs forever. There is a resurrection in our inward man in the new birth of a Christian and it is missing from the Catholic doctrines of the church.

When you truly read what Jesus said there is no denying what He meant.

Catholics as well as all people need to call upon the Lord and confess that he was raised from the dead when they are at the responsible age of accountability, not when they are born.

These are the reasons I have chosen to leave the Catholic church and seek a Bible believing church, but there are many Catholics which I believe are born again but choose to stay within the Catholic Church.

The Catholic church has and still doing great things in the world today, but the message of being born again by Christ Himself has been lost to the Catholic doctrine.

I applaud your faith and desire for all to share in your appreciation to your faith and America.

Oct 02, 2009 10:07 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Alice - I thought you did that on purpose!!  I truly thought it was cute.

Oct 02, 2009 11:02 AM


Wow. Great blog. Sorry if I offend anyone but I feel I need to respond to some of the other comments. One thought that comes to my mind is Jesus saying: love the sinner hate the sin. Sorry in most religions homosexuality is a sin. The Constitution give us the right to the pursuit of happiness but does not guarantee our happiness. We have come a long way on gay rights and acceptance from our Founding Fathers but don't think they would have opened their arms to Gay marriage much less gays living an open lifestyle!

Also, sorry but Catholic priests do not have the monopoly on acting unchristian. Clergy throughout all religions and ages have acted unchristian...Catholic priests get the most bad press because they ARE Catholic and their vow of celibacy. How can you say that it is ok or Christian for the Methoist minister to have an affair with a married woman, or the Bible Church minister to have sexual relations with a 16 year old girl? You can't!

The Catholic Church is the church that put the Bible together that we have today(minus some books the Prostetants took out). It was monks that painstakingly  wrote it out by hand and drew the pictures of the first Bibles. Every Sunday in Mass the Catholics read two readings, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament, then we read a Psalm for our Responsial, then a Gospel reading. So every three years we have READ the whole Bible!

Last but not least hopefully you meant you had respect for any "Christian"(not just Catholic, since we are ALL Christians) that is spiritual and follows God's Word. To lump all Catholics in one group is unfair and unjust!

I totally agree...we all fall and stumble but we are called to be saints and to live our lives as close as humanly possible to Jesus' example! Jesus spoke the truth to the Pharises and Sadduches but did not judge. Please don't judge us!


Oct 02, 2009 11:02 AM
Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou


Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story from your family's history!!  What a wonderful testimony to your parents' faith.  I have a dear friend who has 9 children. Her oldest has Downs Syndrome...yet they continued to have more and more blessings...each one so precious!

I echo the sentiment of Mike F. and Nicholas G. above.  My mom grew up in the Methodist church and went to a Catholic girls school.  She said she never had a peace that she was "good enough" to get into heaven.  The verse she said that was an epiphany for her was Eph. 2:8,9 For by grace you have been saved through faith and that (the faith) not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast." The very next verse says, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."  When we have faith in Him and a relationship with Him, our lives will automatically produce good works.  It is par for the course.

Oct 02, 2009 12:32 PM
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


Great post! You don't find Christ until you see Him in others...!!! When we are baptized, it is not we who choose Christ, it is Christ who chooses us...That is why the Church puts so much emphasis on Baptism...and why there is only ONE Church...ONE body of Christ...!!! Thanks,   Fran

Oct 03, 2009 12:41 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor


I have been thinking more about this post and have one more observation. I believe many of the bishops are siding with the democrats because traditionally they are the ones more accepting of the hispanics(both legal and especially illegal). This is probable where I agree with the bishops in that we need to be more understanding and compassionate of these illegals who just want a better place to raise their families.

Dec 16, 2009 01:00 AM