Perhaps we should look at our beliefs in a modern context that is inclusive of those who have been on the fringes of life.
I think going to church to worship is very important because we are called to come together. We need to have the shared experience of praising God and being in the company of other believers. Unless one is homebound and cannot physically get out then I think there is a duty and calling for each of us to have fellowship with other believers in person. Our faith is something personal but also corporate and is best expressed in community. One’s growth as a believer can be strengthened in being in a small groups and in other activities ones house of worship provides. Having that communal experience is a part of ones spiritual development.
So going to church whenever that is for an individual is very necessary. When you are at church don’t be so in a hurry that you put a time constraint on the service, enjoy the fellowship and time together, God likes that. Don’t be rushed to get to the restaurants after service, they and your friends will be waiting.
Whatever faith tradition you are a part of gather with those who you share your beliefs in. Its a great way to grow in that faith and to share some love with people.
Statues of Faith
My dad has been at a Catholic-owned hospital for his surgery and recovery. Their ministry and mission is to offer a faith-based approach to healing and health care. These statues of Jesus, Mary and St. Aloysius Gonzaga have been a source of comfort and assurance that my father has been taken care of both in body and spirit.
At a time when there is much discussion about the role of women in the Christian Church, one cardinal demonstrated the power of respect caught in a moving photograph that has sparked enthusiastic approval as well as vehement criticism.
Wow, simply wow!
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church’s moral structure might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all.
(MY TAKE: The church universal SHOULD heed this call to be a place that is welcoming for all. Protestant evangelical congregations especially)
Father Mychal F. Judge, OFM was a busy Franciscan priest who dedicated his life to serving God’s people. He is known for his work with the homeless, recovering addicts, AIDS patients, and his work as chaplain to the New York City Fire Department.
On September 11, 2001, Father Mychal rushed from the friary at Saint Francis of Assisi Church to the scene of the World Trade Center attacks. After administering last rites to a firefighter, Father Mychal was hit by debris and killed. He became the first officially recorded fatality following the attack.
(Courtesy of http://www.mychalsmessage.org)
Pope Francis called Sunday for the world to unite in a day of fasting and prayer for Syria and said “God and history” would judge anyone using chemical weapons.