Sunday, November 19, 2006

church friends

I've known a number of new Catholics to complain that their new Catholic parishes aren't as loving and friendly as their old Prot church. That's true. Catholics don't follow the love bomb the new people methold and so what? You go to church to meet Jesus, not to party down.
Rocky and I have been at the same suburban parish for going on two years and people (I't just the working class folks. The upper class ones still don't speak, interestingly enough.) are only now just starting to warm up to us. I'm a lone wolf anyway so this never bothered me. I'm just happy that they've stopped looking surprised when we walk in.

One of my relatives is a Jehovah's Witness. He has no friends outside the Kingdom Hal and that's the way the JWs want it. Since his whole social life revolves around the hall he'll be less likely to ever leave because naturally he don't want to lose everything. It's a mind control method.

3 comments:

Christine said...

I am so glad you wrote that Dymphna...and I couldn't agree more.

I actually prefer to go to Mass alone. Because I only go to Mass for 1 purpose...to worship praise and thank God.

It bothers me that people have made church about 'us' and having a warm fuzzy feeling....and they completely ignore the fact that we are there to worship God.

maureen123@cox.net said...

It's not a mind control technique for Jehovah's Witnesses to associate mainly with other Witnesses. It's recommended in the Bible, which says at 2nd Corinthians 6:14-18 "Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what sharing does light have with darkness? 15 Further, what harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what portion does a faithful person have with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement does God’s temple have with idols? For we are a temple of a living God; just as God said: “I shall reside among them and walk among [them], and I shall be their God, and they will be my people.” 17 “‘Therefore get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing’”; “‘and I will take YOU in.’” 18 “‘And I shall be a father to YOU, and YOU will be sons and daughters to me,’ says Jehovah the Almighty.” So it's Jehovah (God's name in English) that recommends this through his secretaries, the writers of the Bible.

Kevin said...

Hey Maureen,

Ya gotta read the whole Bible babe, not just the part you are interested in....Remember to take into account the writing style and circumstances of the times...