The Catholic religion is a monotheistic religion that is very similar in many ways to Judaism and several of the other Christian religions. Monotheistic means believing in only one God. Along with these religions, Catholics believe in God and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. I conducted an interview with a priest of the catholic religion, who asked to remain anonymous. During this interview several key elements were discussed; elements such as major holidays, the history of the Catholic religion, challenges of practicing the Catholic religion, the role the Pope has within the church, the effects the Catholic religion has had on people, and what role the Bible plays in the Catholic religion. Easter is more important to Catholics than Christmas. Easter is around the time of the year of Christ’s resurrection. Catholics believe that when Christ rose from the dead he brought the invitation for all too someday rise with him. Easter weekend is celebrated as a holy weekend as the catholic salvation, basically Christ’s teachings and the example of the way he lived is a fundamental law for all Catholics to follow. Catholics believe that by Christ’s death, all Catholics, upon death, will live for eternity with a god himself. Good Friday is observed in remembrance of Jesus' execution by the occupying Roman army, and his burial in a cave-tomb. Easter Sunday is the date when a group of his female followers first noticed the empty tomb, and concluded that he had either been resurrected, or his body had been stolen (Robinson, 2007). The timing of the Christian celebration of Easter is closely related to the Jewish celebration of the Passover. As a young boy being born and raised in a Catholic family and attending all catholic schools, Father wanted to be a priest from a young age. At the age of thirteen, Father attended the Franciscan Order. At that time they were accepting young students from high school, which they no longer do. After completion of high school and then junior college, Father completed a spiritual year in which he became a member of the Franciscan Order. It is customary to say that St. Francis founded three orders, as we read in the Office for 4 October: Tres ordines hic ordinat: primumque Fratrum nominat Minorum: pauperumque fit Dominarum medius: sed Poenitentium tertius sexum capit utrumque. (Brev. Rom. Serap., in Solem. S.P. Fran., ant. 3, ad Laudes) These three orders -- the Friars Minor, the Poor Ladies or Clares, and the Brothers and Sisters of Penance -- are generally referred to as the First, Second, and Third Orders of St. Francis (Robinson, 1909). At this point Father began to understand the commitment that he was making. The biggest change the catholic religion has made in his life is being able to accept his limitations. Father stated during this interview “You grow up and then go into the ministry or you go into the ministry and then grow up”. Father has learned through this whole process to be more compassionate and understanding towards people, and at the same time overcoming his own temptation and weaknesses as a young person. Through the 45 years that Father has been a priest; he has learned from the Catholic Religion and other Christian religions that there are many good people in this world. Basically people that just want to do good things for others. This life lesson that he got from the many people that he served, taught him a lesson that no book, school, or teacher could have ever taught him. The world is full of very compassionate people that are more than willing to give themselves to help another. In the earlier years of priesthood, one difficult challenge was being told to go to a place and serve the people of a place that one would not normally choose to go. The challenge was to overcome that obstacle and serve the lord to the best of our ability. In the 1960s the Catholic Church went through what is called the Second Vatican Council. Pope John...
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