Misconceptions of the Church

I think I’m going to queue a TON of DAILY information about Catholicism because I get a lot of the same asks over again. I mean this is totally fine, it just means many people share the same misinformation about the Catholic Church. I made some daily themes. Reblog if you came up with a better one, let’s do this.

Monday- Catholics don’t worship Mary Mondays

Tuesday- Tradition Tuesday, the Catholic Church and the Traditions existed even before the bible

Wednesday- We Catholics are Christian Wednesday (and we were the first)

Thursday- You’re welcome for your bible Thursday (and we have all the original books)

Friday- Freaky Friday, Fasting, Fathers, Purgatory, and all those freaky things your Protestant Pastor warned you about

Saturday- Saints Saturday (why we ask them to pray for us since they are alive in Heaven)

Sunday- Sacraments Sunday, the real salvation through Christ (since the Sacraments are Christ)

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Soon to be canonized as saints! (Oct. 18)

Blessed Louis & Zelie Martin
Feast day: July 12
Blessed Louis Martin and Blessed Zelie Martin are the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux. Zélie wanted to become a nun, but was turned away by the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul due to respiratory difficulties and recurrent headaches. Zélie then prayed for God to give her children that would be consecrated to God. She feel in love and married Louis Martin. They had nine children, though only five daughters would survive childhood and all five became nuns. (Portraits of Saints)

St. Thomas Aquinas was once tricked by his fellow students who cried out, “Look! A flying ox!” Thomas dutifully went to the window to look and his peers all laughed at him heartily. Thomas’ reply (and one of the many reasons he’s a saint): “I thought it more likely that an ox would fly than a Dominican would lie.”

From “In Praise of Credulity,” Mark Shea

Canonized American Saints, and those who ministered in the U.S.
  • Three of the eight North American Martyrs (canonized in 1930), missionaries to the Hurons:
  • St. René Goupil, professed Jesuit lay brother
  • St. Isaac Jogues, professed priest of the Jesuits
  • St. Jean de Lalande, Jesuit
  • St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1946), foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1975), widow, foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Vincent de Paul, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul of Halifax, Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul of New York, and Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth of New Jersey
  • St. John Neumann (1977), professed priest of the Redemptorists, bishop of Philadelphia, and founder of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia
  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (1988), professed religious of the Society of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • St. Katharine Drexel (2000), foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and African Americans.
  • St. Théodore Guérin (2006), foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
  • St. Damien de Veuster (2009), Professed Priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Picpus Fathers)
  • St. Kateri Tekakwitha (2012), Young Layperson of the Archdiocese of Quebec
  • St. Marianne Cope (2012), Professed Religious of the Franciscan Sisters of Syracuse

Three American saints — Seton, Drexel and Tekakwitha — were born within the geographical territory of the modern United States (Tekakwitha was born a native American, Seton a British subject in the British colony of the Province of New York, and Drexel as an American citizen). Nine other American saints were born in other nations, but ministered in geographical territory that is now a U.S. state: Jogues, Goupil, de Lalande, Duchesne, and Guerin were all born in France; Neumann in Bohemia; Father Damien in Belgium; Mother Cabrini in Italy, and Mother Cope in Germany. The remaining American saint — Pedro Calungsod— was born in the Philippines, but was martyred in what is now the United States territory of Guam.

We cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other. Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of one who gives and kindles joy in the heart of one who receives. All condemnation is from the devil. Never condemn each other, not even those whom you catch committing an evil deed. We condemn others only because we shun knowing ourselves. When we gaze at our own failings, we see such a morass of filth that nothing in another can equal it. That is why we turn away, and make much of the faults of others. Keep away from the spilling of speech. Instead of condemning others, strive to reach inner peace. Keep silent, refrain from judgement. This will raise you above the deadly arrows of slander, insult, outrage, and will shield your glowing hearts against the evil that creeps around
—  St. Seraphim of Sarov