A Catholic friend of mine told me that “we are not suppose to trust in Mary but some Catholics believe strongly in Mary instead of Jesus Christ. And that is my problem with the Catholic Church.”
My response was a quick one as expected.
I highly doubts that if I show deep love and respect/honour to your mum it would be offensive to you? That’s the case with Mary over here.
I am in the Legion of Mary and I have defended our Lady more than I can count. I admit that sometimes I have some difficulties myself in reading some Marian works. But this is because I am still growing in the Catholic Faith which I converted to at Easter 1999. I was baptized in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana and I lived most of my life in the Occult. Most of the schools I attended were Methodist in flavour. I obtained a bachelor degree in Information Technology at the Methodist University of Ghana and I did my National Service at the Methodist Senior High School as an IT Tutor. So yes, concerning education, I have strong Protestant formation and this is the same places where my Catholic conviction were strengthen.
Isn’t it quite ironic for the saintly Archbishop Fulton Sheen to say, “I tell my relatives and best friends, ‘If you want your children to fight for their faith, send them to public school. If you want them to lose their faith, send them to Catholic school.’”?
At the Methodist University I met with lot of questions and challenges to the Catholic Faith I converted too. Most of these questions were from ex-Catholics who were the active Evangelical guys and girls at campus. I almost left the Catholic Church because I nearly believed those charges, and especially a cousin of mine who was quite holy than me and smarter than me and much more a cradle Catholic left the Catholic Church earlier before my College admission. This was such a puzzle for me. I became Catholic due to certain spiritual truths I discovered within the Occult, but I wasn’t Catholic because of intellectual/theological reasons.
So what did I do? As an IT guy, I did some research online. I went to almost all the anti-Catholic sites that ever existed online and read all the hardcore prejudices against Holy Mother Church. I needed some solid reasons to leave the Catholic Church at least. This is how I learnt about the word APOLOGETICS and thank God I got to meet one of the finest Catholic apologist on the Internet. A man by name Mark Bonocore. He gave me some tough time. He made me think quite well and from my encounter with him, I started learning and appreciating the Catholic Church more and more everyday at my College days. I have to admit that I didn’t get first class honours partly becasue I was focusing on too much apologetics stuff instead of hacking codes and learning programming languages. That’s the passion that truth could stir in us if we encounter it.
I recently debunked Jack Chick tract on Our Lady over here Catholic Fiction: Responding to Myths & Half-Truths: Why Is Mary Crying? Chick Cartoon Tracts
Kindly watch a video I did on the Rosary entitled Is the Rosary Biblical? in response to a widely known anti-Catholic ministry called Jesus Is Savior below:
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PS: Excuse my British English. . . It’s part of the colonial thing
“Jesus is your friend. The Friend. With a human heart, like yours. With loving eyes that wept for Lazarus. And he loves you as much as he loved Lazarus.” Saint Josemaría Escrivá — Godwin Delali Adadzie is a Catholic living in Ghana, West Africa. A former smoker (Fish smoker now a Vegetarian) but still loves to drink a lot (of water). He attempts to blog at the Fair (HubBlogs with GADEL), the Good (Blessed Virgin our Mother Mary Immaculate), the Bad (GADEL Said What?) and the Ugly (Catholic Fiction: Responding to Myths & Half-Truths)