Why Do I Not Want To Marry a Non-Catholic?
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has to light with darkness?
Why Do I Not Want To Marry a Non-Catholic?
I was asked by a friend why I don’t want to marry a non-Catholic?
This is my side of the story.
I grew up as a Catholic, mixed with a Filipino and Chinese tradition combined, making it a bit more complicated. I even go to Chinese – Buddhist temples with my parents more often than not, but not to practice the religion, but only to show respect and give thanks to our ancestors in these temples.
Growing up as a Catholic, we too meet many people from different sectors. As I understand, regardless of the other names we call our God, what is constant about it is that we all only have one Holy God whom we are all referring to. Regardless of our Bible, Quran, Torah, there is only one God and absolute one creator, which is one good thing. Does the question come which part does have not in common? Now, this is the tricky part, I would say; It’s how we were brought to understand and how we have made known ourselves to our Holy Father. It’s our personal relationship with the Lord. It is the in-between us and the Lord, which makes us different from one another.
At one time, I was told by this rich young man who is a son of a mall-owner from Iran, an Islam, “I will pray with you, I will kneel with you, go to church with you, and I will walk with you during processions and will even walk with you barefoot just like you do”; I did not comment, I just can’t. It is not so easy for me.
My religion is my personal intimacy with my Father that I cannot deceive. It will tear me apart. If it was so easy for him to say that he will pray with me and go to church with me, I can’t imagine myself praying and going to any other church regularly. It’s just not me. I had been to a service in another church, and I don’t mind, but doing it regularly is a different story.
I was married before to a catholic, the same Filipino-Chinese, and with all that same aspects, cultures, and traditions; still, we had difficulties adjusting from one family to another since we grew up from two different families, and things didn’t work out. What more if one of us has another religion? It will be an added burden.
My devotion is very sacred to me, and it is very significant to me. Practicing Christianity is part of my daily life and is my priority together with my family.
I have my faith, and I believe in my Church and my Father, and I will only have one until I die and remain Catholic until eternity.
‘It takes a lifetime to be a Christian and it takes our whole life to be one.
Indifferentism, the Heresy that All Religions are Equal
A Prayer For The Preservation of the Faith
O Thou, the Author and Finisher of our faith, we conjure Thee, in the bitterness of our contrite and humbled hearts, not to suffer the fair light of faith to be extinguished in us. Remember Thy mercies of old, turn Thine eyes in compassion upon the vineyard planted by Thine own right hand, and watered by the sweat of the Apostles, by the precious blood of countless Martyrs and by the tears of so many sincere penitents, and made fruitful by the prayers of so many Confessors and innocent Virgins.
O divine Mediator, look upon those zealous souls who raise their hearts to Thee and pray without ceasing for the maintenance of that most precious gift of Thine, the true faith. We beseech Thee, O God of justice, to hold back the decree of our rejection, and to turn away Thine eyes from our vices and regard instead the adorable Blood shed upon the Cross, which purchased our salvation and daily intercedes for us upon our altars.
Ah, keep us safe in the true Catholic and Roman faith. Let sickness afflict us, vexations waste us, misfortunes overwhelm us! But preserve in us Thy Holy Faith; for if we are rich with this precious gift, we shall gladly endure every sorrow, and nothing shall ever be able to change our happiness.
On the other hand, without this great treasure of faith, our unhappiness would be unspeakable and without limit! O good Jesus, Author of our faith, preserve it pure within us; keep us safe in the bark of Peter, faithful and obedient to his true successor and Thy Vicar here on earth, that so the unity of Holy Church may be maintained, holiness fostered, the Holy See protected in freedom, and the Church universal extended to the benefit of souls.
O Jesus, Author of our faith, humble and convert the enemies of Thy Church; grant true peace and concord to all catholic Christian kings and princes and to all believers; strengthen and preserve us in Thy holy service, to the end that we may live in Thee, and die in Thee.
O Jesus, Author of our faith, let me live for Thee and die for Thee. Amen
(St. Clement Hofbauer)
(An indulgence of 500 days once a day)