Why Am I Catholic

by Sister Anne Marie Lom OSF on February 16, 2011

Sister Anne Marie Lom,OSF, Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity serving as a spiritual director at St. Raphael Parish, Oshkosh, WI, shared this talk at a Soup and Sermon parish program in which speakers were asked to answer the question: Why Am I Catholic?  Note: Beginning on Ash Wednesday Sister will be directing an on-line Lenten Retreat. Expect to hear more about this on Franciscanized World in the coming weeks.

“Lord, to whom would I go?” In the John’s gospel, chapter 6, Jesus is teaching his followers about the Eucharist. Some leave because this is too hard, doesn’t “fit” right, may not seem logical, or some may have had other reasons. I can sympathize with the ones who left.

Over the years of my religious life, I had approximately 60 women my age leave my class as we went through high school, our beginning of formation, and eventually prepared for perpetual vows. Over the years of my Catholic faith, I have had friends and family members leave the practice of the Catholic faith and go to another faith tradition. Many of those times I asked myself, why do I stay? Why do I stay in this Catholic Church and why do I stay a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity? For me, the two experiences, being Catholic and being a sister in my congregation are closely linked. That may not be true for all sisters; it is true for me. Read more.

6 thoughts on “Why Am I Catholic”

  1. ggggggg says:

    I want to read more, but the “Read more” link is not working.

  2. Thanks for letting us know. I hope all things are connected so you can read the whole of 'Why Sister Anne Marie is Catholic'!!!

  3. Lois Rizzo says:

    After stopping for a moment to ponder, I would say I am Catholic because I was born into Catholicism where Catholic beliefs were instilled into me. I recieved Catholic training, practiced the Sacraments, and saw parents and grandparents as models as to how a Catholic should behave. However ,as I matured, I came to realize that I am also a Catholic by “choice”. When I was growing up our family rarely had Protestant friends. Coming from an Italian-American background, we grew up thinking everyone in the world was Catholic. It was totally unqeustionable to think otherwise. However during my College years, many Bible-toting youths tried to convert everyone with their born-again version of Christianity. I listend to these people and did enjoy the Bible studies I attended, but I alway knew that Catholicism was the true Faith. During those years I did witness many Catholic students turning their backs from the Catholic faith to join other denominations. I am Catholic because I believe that the church came before the Scriptures. I believe, also , that the Church,with her sacred Scriptures, rituals, and Holy Sacraments are essential for total spiritual fullfillment.

  4. srsharon says:

    Sr. Anne Marie, that must have been an interesting Soup & Sermon Program and a GREAT idea for parishes to conduct this during the weeks of Lent. Yes, it is so interesting hearing different religions responses to different topics and most interesting to HOW some religions are more ALIKE than different. The challenge is to NARROW down WHAT makes us different or UNIQUE in our Catholic FAITH?? We will be looking forward to more feedback to this question and many more.

  5. LJK says:

    I agree – “Lord, to whom else would I go?” Though I presume for others, remaining with the Lord wouldn't mean remaining or being Catholic.

    I'm Catholic first because my parents were. Some wise person pointed out to me that my still being Catholic is my choice, not my parents, and not just “fate”. It is my choice. Other than being Jewish, which would mean denying Christ as the Messiah, being Catholic seems the closest to the original ideal, faith, followers of Christ.

    I agree the Catholic Church has a less than Christian history. There are things I don't agree with institutionally, but when it comes to faith and the Creed, the beliefs we profess, I agree with all of that. I don't see the off-shoots from Catholicism as any better than what we've got, so I guess I'll stick with it.

  6. LJK says:

    I agree with most of what you've said. I wouldn't agree that the church came before the Scriptures. I believe in the Scriptures more than the Church.

    A while back someone opened my eyes to the idea (truth?) that Jesus did not start the Catholic Church. I was shocked to hear that at the time, but the more I thought about it, the more I saw the truth in it. Jesus didn't come to form a particular church. Jesus came as a Jew to the Jewish people as their/the messiah. The church at its beginnings was still a “sect” of the Jewish faith. Jesus came to reveal and remind us that the Kingdom of God is here, now. Jesus came for our salvation…not to form a religious hierarchy.

    Sorry to spout and hope I didn't offend.

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