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[quote:fr1mfjxg][color=darkblue:fr1mfjxg]I see this as well. Often times it’s a measurement of fuzzy feelings, excitement of the believers, etc. I agree that some Catholic parishes are certainly lacking in this. [u:fr1mfjxg][b:fr1mfjxg]But how exactly does this take away from the truth it teaches? If anything that would cause me to want to help the local parish, not separate from it.[/b:fr1mfjxg][/u:fr1mfjxg] That’s probably one of the major differences I’ve endured as catholic now. When I attended protestant churches followers fed off of how much they were entertained, the powerful voice of the pastor, singing, dancing, etc. And that’s fine, we have Charismatic Catholic Churches as well. [u:fr1mfjxg][b:fr1mfjxg]But going to Church isn’t about me feeling good or getting entertained or whatever. I’d go even if the priest was drop dead boring and all the members in the Church were asleep. Why? One reason of many, because I can receive my Lord in the Eucharist. Because the Church contains truth, even if it’s followers are not feeling it.[/b:fr1mfjxg][/u:fr1mfjxg] [/color:fr1mfjxg][/quote:fr1mfjxg]

That is so true, brother! That is why the Catholic Church is true. It’s not about entertainment, it’s about truth! God bless you! <img decoding=” title=”Very Happy” />

[quote:fr1mfjxg][u:fr1mfjxg][b:fr1mfjxg]It might be said that he still heard the echoes of the preaching of the apostles and had their traditions before his eyes. And not only he, for there were many still remaining who had been instructed by the apostles. In the time of Clement, no small dissension having arisen among the brethren in Corinth, the Church in Rome sent a very strong letter to the Corinthians, exhorting them to peace and renewing their faith . . . To this Clement, Evaristus succeeded . . . and now, in the twelfth place after the apostles, the lot of the episcopate [of Rome] has fallen to Eleutherus. In this order, and by the teaching of the apostles handed down in the Church, the preaching of the truth has come down to us” (ibid., 3:3:3).[/b:fr1mfjxg][/u:fr1mfjxg][/quote:fr1mfjxg]

Let those who have ears hear, and those who have eyes read, and those who are gifted with reason, reason! This enlightning record that Victor posted is from St. Irenaeus, one of the Church Fathers and Saints, all way back in the 2nd Century AD.