So I had to break my mini-hiatus to share this! My sister is currently in Rome on a trip sponsored by her school (and my alma mater) St. James Academy. Today, she was literally 20 feet away from Pope Francis during the Papal audience; someone threw an SJA t-shirt at him (because it’s a huge fucking deal for a Catholic high school to be able to give the POPE some of their school swag) and he actually caught it! One of the students was able to capture it on camera!
I graduated from SJA almost a year ago, but it makes me so freaking proud to see this.
I’m glad that I haven’t gotten into this whole religion side of TTP, because although it looks fun, I’d have to mention it the next time I ever get around to going to Confession.
Priest: Hello, my child, what sins are on your heart toda-
Me: I PRAYED TO A POKEMON FOSSIL.
Me: Oh, and also I looked at Sailor Moon porn, but the non-porn parts were for a Tumblr post so I don’t think that counts.
That’s one conversation I’ll be glad to avoid, thank you.
I have waiting to receive confession for literally an hour and a half and I’ve been standing the entire time and if this doesn’t make Jesus proud of me I might as well call it quits right fucking now
just wondering (and i'm sorry if you've already been asked this) what are your opinions on evolution? i completely understand if you don't feel like answering or something
Haha, it’s fine! Just so you know, I’m a Catholic and Catholicism seeks to unite faith and reason. As said by John Paul II
Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.
In other words, you can’t have faith without reason or reason without faith. You can’t shun reason and rely on blind faith alone (Christian fundamentalists for example) and you can’t only rely on reason and never believe in things you can’t see or touch (some militant atheists, for example)
You can read a more in-depth view of the Catholic stance on evolution here, but basically we believe that evolution is a very real thing. Not only is it real, it in no way contradicts our belief in God. In fact, it confirms it. We believe that evolution was guided by God and, at some point along the line of evolution, He gifted us with souls, which is what makes us uniquely human.
I know you were just asking a question, but it’s actually safe to assume that most Christians believe in evolution at least in some capacity (I only know the Catholic stance and am only comfortable talking about it because I don’t want to misrepresent any other Christian denominations). It’s really only the fundamentalists who are adamant about evolution being a lie and the Earth only being several thousands of years old or whatever.
I’ve had 12 years of Catholic education and it’s done nothing but encourage my love of science. In high school, my teachers were always very open about discussion and always offered to help us understand things we were uncertain about. We learned the same science as every other school does. So I’ve never had any reason to doubt evolution or see it as something that contradicts my faith.
I’d be happy to answer any other faith-related questions! ^^
We’ve got the first Latin-American Pope ever!
Today is the day Pope Benedict resigns D:
This is so weird, it hasn’t happened since like the Middle Ages. But at the same time, it’s exciting, because we’re making history! :D
For those of you who don’t understand this, Satanists and the like think they’re being so EDGY and HARDXCORE by inverting the cross. However, this is known as St. Peter’s cross. When St. Peter was about to be martyred via crucifiction, he requested that his executioners turn the cross upside down because he felt he was not worthy enough to die the same way Jesus died.
That’s right, this symbol of rebellion is in reality a symbol of complete humility and respect towards God.
Pro-tip: You don’t have to be both pro-gay and anti-Christianity.
I wanted to share this with you all
Today I wrote an essay over the incredible memoir, Left to Tell, by Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. I’ve actually talked about this book on my blog before. Immaculée lost her parents, two of her brothers, and countless friends and neighbors during the genocide. Left to Tell details Immaculée’s life before the genocide, her life during it (in which she hid in a tiny bathroom with seven other women for over 100 days), and her life afterwards. Immaculée’s story not only goes over the facts, but details how the genocide caused Immaculée’s faith to deepen substantially; her faith later enabled her to forgive her family’s murderers.
Immaculée is a truly beautiful and inspiring person!
I think this essay will help answer a lot of people’s questions about God and what it means to be faithful. If you have any questions, come to my ask box! :D And I HIGHLY recommend Left to Tell!
Alright, I need to make a religious rant, so if you don’t want to read it skip over this because I’m really not going to tolerate any whining.
My spiritual journey
I get the feeling most people on here assume that I’ve always been a devout Catholic, but my spiritual journey has been a long one.
THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH. I really, really appreciate it! Hearing affirmation from people who don’t share the same faith as myself but still respect me for practicing mine is really, really supportive. You guys are amazing! <33
It’s always funny to see how low the follower count dips when I post something remotely pertaining to my Catholic faith
Well, it’s not going anywhere. :3
I don’t even care if I’ll lose followers for this.
Let an ACTUAL Catholic educate you here, people who say the Church is anti-feminine.
First of all, Mary, the most important figure in the Church besides God and Jesus themselves, who we venerate and deeply love and respect, is our role model. To a Catholic, Mary is the epitome of what it means to be faithful. Unlike the prophets before her, who hesitated to respond to God’s will or outright refused, Mary didn’t hesitate for a single second before accepting what God had asked of her. She knew it wouldn’t be easy. She knew the magnitude of what was being asked of her. She knew that her life would never be the same. But she said yes anyway, because she believed in God and His will that much.
In the Catholic Church, Mary is who we go to when we need help. Mary knows what it’s like to be human. She knows what our struggles are so she graciously intercedes for us. Not only that, but she is a loving mother. Our mother. She loves us, protects us, and intercedes for us. Through her, we can learn to love her son just as she did.
Not only that, but the Catholic Church has a long history of strong women within itself.
Oh, but I’m sorry, being against abortion and all that means you FUCKING HATE WOMEN. No exceptions!!!