I thank you all for your support and prayers with my mom.
We had our family bible study this Monday and it was quite intense. Many of the Catholic traditions came into question and also the biblical truth that a person must be born again to see the kingdom of Heaven. I had the opportunity to explain how to be born again to my Mom in saying that when we come to the admission that we have sinned and offended God, our emotional wall of rejection comes tumbling down and we ask Jesus to forgive us and ask Him to be the Lord of our life. Recognizing that He died on the cross in place of us so that we may have eternal life. This was all done by the grace of God and none of our works has anything to do with it. Now we plead with Him to be the Lord of our life no matter where that may take us. We have total trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
My mom was very adamant to say that she didn't think she needed to do this since she always had God in her life thanks to her parent being devout Catholics. I told her that the narrow path that Jesus talks about in the bible has only room for one on it and we all need to come one on one with Him and have a personal relationship with him and this will happen when she invites Him as the Lord of her life.
This kind of lead to praying to Mary and all the saints questions. I pointed her to scripture that Jesus is the one and only mediator between the Father and us and that in the Old Testament we are told not to communicate with dead human beings. She said that she doesn't believe that she is communicating with dead people like that. I posed the question that when we pray to God are we communicating with Him? The answer was Yes. Then I told her that when she prays to Mary and all the numerous saints that help her with various problems, she is trying to communicate with them when she should be praying to God.
My mom also brought up a saint that was visited by Mary and said that why would God ordain this if we weren't suppose to pray to her. I again pointed her to scripture that says even Satan can appear as an angel of light and that may have been the case. I think that thought scared her a bit.
She called the next day and told me she couldn't sleep all night with all the things we talked about at bible study. As I listened I got excited and then she said," I kept asking Jesus why does everyone at bible study think that I don't believe I'm saved." Well it was in a tone of self justification and I knew that she didn't ask Jesus into her heart that night. Now it's business as usual with pulling out the beads and praying to Mary and all the saints,the Holy days of obligation,giving money for Masses for the dead, ect...
Maybe I can find a comparison list comparing the the RCC traditions and doctrines to scripture.