After going to a catholic mass Id like to take some time to reflect. My mother brought me to Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawana, I admit I was a little curious what the catholics do. The church was more then a church, I was overwhelmed in marble and stained glass. There is only 2 Basilicas in the united states. Baltimore, MD and here just outside of Buffalo. Its a rarity in my backyard I really take for granted in never going.
Here’s what I liked
1. I loved the archetecture, this place
was incredable. Intricate details in every corner, carved from marble. Every statue and stained glass piece was very detailed and appropriately decorated to impress.
2. I also loved the Basilica is founded by a man who adopted 200 stray kids from the city. I’m guessing they all lived at the church with him while he had them educated in different job skills.
3. People seemed very friendly. Something I’ve always noticed about catholics they tend to have alot less pretenses then protestants.
What I didn’t like
1. Stand, sit, kneel, stand… I couldn’t tell if I was in church or pilates class. I was actually getting nauseous from the work out just during prayer. My Grandmother always said never let a catholic kick you they have strong legs, I can see why.
2. Hail mary mother of god… yeah I realize mary gave birth to Jesus but I don’t see the emphasis on her. I could argue god could have picked any girl in israel, she seemed to me like the name that was pulled out of hat. The statues of saints I’ll also include here- to me it seems like idolatry.
3. There wasn’t really any kind of sermon or teaching. I felt like I left not really hearing any kind of biblical message. The entire time was dominated by ritualistic prayer and some songs. The whole thing felt kinda scripted.
4. I wasn’t allowed to take communion because I’m not catholic. Like the mafia almost, if your not ‘IN’ your not in. (Interestimg the mafia is also catholic). I had to cross my hands over my chest so to mark myself like a heathen unbeliver I suppose not worthy to remember our lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Maybe I’m just too protestant, but don’t get me wrong I like the catholic people. However im not very sold on the catholic church. I’m glad I went though it was interesting and a fun experience- something different for me. Truth be told I left with a better appreciation for my own heathen religion. I like to just pray to God. Mary is dead she’s relaxing in heaven I don’t want bug her-at the same time I don’t think god wants me to pray to her- same for the other saints. I do like reading about the saints, some did have incredible impacts on history- as a history nerd that much is undeniable. None of them however had the impact on history as Jesus christ though. I’d probably go back if mom really wants to go back, but to me it seems like a convoluted way to praise god.