Catholic teaching


I was born into a Catholic family, baptized as a baby – went through 12 years of Catholic schooling. No, I did not suffer physical/verbal/sexual abuse at school or at Church. But I have a lot of issues with this

“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” which is an integral part of mass

The rest of the Catholic teaching – very convoluted as it is – I can actually reconcile. The Bible is fine – but the Church has delivered the wrong messages. We are made in the image of God – which is pretty much the same as our worthiness and lovability is absolute. This feels much more true to my heart.

Easter Thursday – this is actually self-compassion – Jesus could be saying to us – It’s ok. I know fear. I am with you. This also feels true.

Good Friday – another self-compassion – Jesus could be saying to us – It’s ok. I know pain. It is part of life to feel and accept the pain. I am with you. This also feels true.

But that “I am not worthy” – there is a lot of resistance to it.

I am not asking you to answer in a religious way – you can – if there are Catholic / Christian coaches that have pondered the phrase and can give some different take on it.

If not, then what are the steps in changing this thought? First, drop the resistance? Then ask why might it not be true?