“What’s with all of the “Saint stuff” isn’t that like having idols?”
Well, my Nana explained this best to me when I was a kid. Think of Saints as a cheer leading squad, your personal fleet of encouragement. We do not worship Saints, but we can be on speaking terms with them whenever we need some spiritual encouragement and this is in no way undermining the relationship one needs to have with Christ. And no, the magnet of Saint Anne on the refrigerator is not idolizing her any more than the pictures of loved ones. Seeing people we love and who comfort us makes us feel like we aren’t alone and part of something much bigger.
I know for me, having grown up in a Catholic church, that the familiar rhythm of Mass is like coming home. I am in a room of people who are all there for the same purpose and we are all worshiping in sync, it’s a heartwarming feeling. I have never been to a church that didn’t have a set program, Catholic or not.
We believe in God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
and all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he was born of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered, died, and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in fulfilment of the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and His kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
I highlighted some key points that may help answer any other questions out there. I feel most at home being Catholic, it is not the only way to worship, I have visited other churches and have family and friends who worship differently. I think whatever brings you closer to God, whatever faith makes you feel at home is the right one for you. Good news is Jesus loves us, and where ever you find him is right where he wants you to be.