The Catholic Faith by Adam Bykowski
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Seems extremely radical, this religion called the Roman Catholic religion. Our main symbol of faith is a tortured man dying on a cross. However, he is not an ordinary man; he is the spiritual leader and the son of God and his name is Jesus.

I sometimes wonder why us Catholics would wear that symbol on our chests. Well, like one priest put it, it means we are not afraid to die. We believe in the ways of God through Jesus Christ and know that if we follow him and the good ways of the Lord, our souls will be safe and can someday be in the land of peace and love called heaven. In other words, wearing that cross or putting it up somewhere like our home or in a church shows that we have made peace with God and do not have to be afraid of death.

Don’t get me wrong. Speaking for myself, I am afraid to die. However, I do believe that I have been made stronger and less fearful of death through my religion. The man on that cross died to save our souls and died for our sins. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? But due to the way the human mind works, there probably was no other way for us to be saved. I still don’t fully understand it. Perhaps someday I will.

The photo is of a crucifix hanging above the altar in St. Dennis Church in Lockport, Illinois.

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  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryover 2 years ago

    I love this image, Adam! Says it all!

  • Thanks for loving this one Bonnie. I see you purchased this in a greeting card. That means a lot to me and you are the closest thing to an angel that I have ever run across. God bless you and thanks again.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyover 2 years ago

    Nice shot, and even greater story. Read it over carefully and I once related to your fear of death and not understanding about being saved.
    I said once because 40 years ago this Catholic sat where you sit, but not any more.
    I feared death and had no desire to talk about it, I went to church every Sunday and Holy Day, went to confession on a regular basis and for sure went before going on any trips. At this time we had been married happily for 8 years and by then had four children, yet our marriage was going down the drain with divorce being screamed from time to time, how could that be for such a religious couple.
    I was depressed and confused. I remembered a priest once told me if you never read anything in the bible at least take the time to read “The Sermon on the Mount”
    I dug out my big old Catholic bible and started to search for it.
    Finding it I began to read off and on when I was alone.
    Finally I found myself getting more interested in reading because everything I read was getting my attention and drawing to read more.
    I found myself talking out loud to God the way I would talk to you. I was dead serious and believed everything I read even if I did not understand.
    I began to miss church and this is why I reached out to God. Little did I know that is just what He wanted, He wanted me to talk to Him.
    My question to Him was, “Do you need to go to church or not, you are God and you ought to know, I want to know”
    I stopped at that and in a week or so when I picked my bible God answered that question in a way I never believed possible.
    This was the beginning of the end of my fear of death and any misunderstanding I had about salvation. Today I have no fear of death and know without a doubt where I will spend eternity after I pass.
    1 John 5:13 says that these things were written so we “may know we have eternal life”
    God wrote it so it is truth. If God says we can know then we can know for absolute certainty, without a doubt.
    I found the easy thing to know is if you are going to spend eternity in Heaven or not.
    The bible talks about the simplicity of Christ. Such a God who would love us so much to become a man and die for us would never in a million years make things hard for us to understand.
    That began 40 years ago in 1972, my life has never been the same since. I am not the man I ought to be, but because of that day I am not the man I use to be.
    You end your story with “Perhaps someday I will”
    I end my story with, Perhaps someday I can share my story in full detail with you.
    I have shared my full story with many people and have traveled some distance to do so. I would even travel to Chicago for Jesus to share my story.

    God Bless
    Tim Denny

  • WOW Tim. You wrote so many words, yet I seemed to read through it so quickly and easily. I am fascinated to hear or read more about what changed your fear of death into no fear. You must get back to me on that. In the meantime, I will definitely read The Sermon on the Mount". Will have to search for it as well as I don’t know where it is, but the internet should make that easy. Thanks for that great comment on this spiritual image. I feel that God has blessed me through your comments and words. Thank you for that.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyover 2 years ago

    “Sermon On The Mount”
    Matthew 5:1 -12
    This is also known as “The Beatitudes”. Depending on which bible you are using.
    In fact I believe it is known better by this.
    I am sure the priest used that name because he too knew it by that. The only bible I had at that time was the old “Rehlms Deuah”
    Please excuse the spelling, I know that is not the right way it is spelled.
    At that time when my life was so in shambles and I was searching for not answers, but THE TRUTH I happened to remember about the Priest. He was not from our church, but was visiting there for one week giving some talks. It was during these talks when he mentioned the sermon on the mount. It just happened that when I searched my big old 50# bible that I seen the name “Sermon on the Mound” because that is the name that old bible used when written. However I do believe it is better known as The Beatitudes"
    Thanks Adam
    Tim Denny
    P.S.
    I am dead serious, I will come to Illinois to share with you if you are serious about wanting to know what made me no longer fear death. In fact I prefer talking one on one, letters are not the best way to communicate with something as serious as this. I am retired and will make the time when your time is the best for you.
    Jesus is no concerned about my ability as much as He is concerned about my availability. I am available at any time He opens the door. I have learned in these 40 years you do not try any force any doors open, you wait until God opens the door then you go in.
    WOW, there I go again, I am well known for not writing notes / letters, but for writing a book, my son Scott follows those same foot steps.
    Very sorry for rattling on.
    Tim

  • Bill Coughlin
    Bill Coughlinover 2 years ago

    Well done. The colors turn out great.

  • Thanks man.

    – Adam Bykowski

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