Growing up in a Catholic family, attending church every Sunday was a given. I would be outside on Sunday playing army or other games with my brothers and the neighborhood kids and when it was time for church, we would be called in to get ready. I would be taught the ways of the church, how to pray, what to wear, what was right and wrong, so many rules in order to be a good Catholic, a child of God.
First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Good Friday, Ash Wednesday the list goes on and on. I attended Catholic school from first grade thru fourth before entering the public school system. We had our morning prayers, at certain times during the year there would be candles, wreaths and ceremony for different occasions. Priests and nuns would be our teachers of academics as well as religion.
I had to wear a uniform with a bib and when I got to 5th grade the bib would be replaced with just a skirt and blouse. When attending church we girls had to wear dresses I believe they had to be below the knee, a scarf or doily on our head because Mary kept her head covered is the reason given. There were rules for so many things and we were told that is the way is was, basically because it is God’s design.
Years later, things would change. Girls were wearing pants, boys and girls wore shorts, no hats required and this is where I became a skeptic and the questions began. I was never really satisfied with the answers, so I deemed myself a doubter and would continue to be to the extent that I stopped going to church and would not return until age 55 and then it was to a Christian church. I always wondered what was the difference and the answer to that is a whole other article in itself but basically the Christian church is based on the Bible, without all the ceremony and hoopla of the Catholic church.
Who made the rules, who changed them, which church is the right church all questions that plague many of us. In order to find the answers we have to search for ourselves, ask questions, listen to what is offered and most importantly if you are truly interested, read the book itself, the Bible, even then there will be questions. Will they every be answered? God only knows!