how you feel about that?

I too have strayed from my religion. I went to temple six days a week until high school, and even taught sunday school off and on until a couple of years ago. I just don't see the relevance anymore. At least I don't have to do the confession thing. Us jews have it easy: Once a year on Yom Kipur we jointly recite the 100 or sins that we might have committed, and then, as a community, ask for forgiveness.
[2005-07-25 11:40:46]

Frances M.
I bet that under the 10 Commandments of the Catholic faith, you're probably sin-free! Robbing, killing, coveting someone else's spouse, honoring God, lying, holding God's name in vein, etc., etc., you? Never!
[2005-07-25 13:35:14]

Thanks for your answer. Religion is a difficult issue because on the one hand our family and culture dictates so many of our beliefs, yet on the other, as we grow we begin to challenge these beliefs (or at least we should). At times it can be difficult to reconcile our own personal growth with the beliefs we grew up with. Ultimately, however, if we do it makes our faith/spirituality more presonal and thus stronger. Nice answer.
[2005-07-25 14:10:49]

Amaury N
I find this comment you made very interesting. "I find it really difficult to discuss my spirituality and how it has shaped all aspects of my life, even with other Chicanas who grew up Catholic." This is the same feeling/issue I have when discussing my faith among hardcore Chicano/a Catholics. I did find one person, he is a former liberal priest who runned out by then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict. It is nice to know I am not alone in my thoughts.
[2005-07-25 18:04:14]

i guess one of the biggest sins is not to live life. by that i mean to try to be happy with who you are and what you are doing. but i know, being catholic is a lot about paying for someone else's sins.
[2005-07-26 02:04:15]

you'd be right about 25 now wouldn't you? sounds right on track. i went through the same thing since i grew up in a very, very strict religious enviorment (SDA) with both sides of my family deeply involved and only going to SDA schools (it was my whole life). at the end of the day though it's how you feel inside and what makes you feel comfortable, for me the fear factor aspect of religion will be something i deal with for years to come but peace i find connect with is more than worth it. define your own space and you'll be okay, i think the biggest thing is to not react to it, appreciate the things that were good for you about growing up religiously and discard the others. you'll be okay :-)
[2005-07-26 16:05:42]

what do you think about the latest entry?

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