highly defensive and you need to be a little more educated about the history in which you speak of.
She also assures me of her own deep interest in history!
No I don't use second hand information as my sole source of knowledge in any particular area. I just so happen to be a book worm and find the history of *all* religions interesting.
And yet her in depth historical reading has led her to this conclusion:
And when presented with a number of famous missionaries who never forced anyone to convert under "penalty" Melissa says:
You know what's interesting, not sure of the history or whatnot, but the Catholic church seems to go into places demanding conversion under severe penality,(sic) yet most missionaries you read about for the Christian faith go into places as servants, bringing medicine, services.
To deny that certain events such as the Crusades and Inquistion happened really does nothing for your arguments. They did happen. Get over it
She seems to have the Inquisition, the Crusades and Missionaries all muddled up together in a thick anti-Catholic gumbo.
But anyway, since the saints seem to be a big sticking point with Melissa, Candy et al, it might be a good idea to feature some of the saints of the day here. There is a Saint of the Day button in the side bar that you can use to do this yourself, but as I get time I may highlight a few saints as well.
In light of Melissa's comment, I thought today's saint was a good example:
St. Magdalen of Canossa
Wealth and privilege did nothing to prevent today’s saint from following her calling to serve Christ in the poor. Nor did the protests of her relatives, concerned that such work was beneath her.
Born in northern Italy in 1774, Magdalen knew her mind—and spoke it. At age 15 she announced she wished to become a nun. After trying out her vocation with the cloistered Carmelites, she realized her desire was to serve the needy without restriction. For years she worked among the poor and sick in hospitals and in their homes and among delinquent and abandoned girls.
In her mid-twenties Magdalen began offering lodging to poor girls in her own home. In time she opened a school, which offered practical training and religious instruction. As other women joined her in the work, the new Congregation of the Daughters of Charity emerged. Over time, houses were opened throughout Italy.
Members of the new religious congregation focused on the educational and spiritual needs of women. Magdalen also founded a smaller congregation for priests and brothers. Both groups continue to this day.
Holy Cow, a nun AND a missionary of sorts with no rapes, beatings, or murders on her resume! How odd!! This version of her life even calls her "sensitive and affectionate." Clearly an anomaly!