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! ^^
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.
If anyone here likes memoirs
I really recommend a book I’m reading for my WWII/Holocaust class, Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza. It actually takes place during the Rwandan genocide (because we are also studying other genocides) and is about her experiences. Much of it centers around Immaculee’s devout Catholic faith and how it was able to help her forgive the people who murdered her family.
And before people go “Oh, it’s about a Catholic, why would I want to read that?” you should know that Immaculee is one of the most beautiful and inspirational people I’ve ever come across and learning her story really helped me in a lot of ways. Not only do you hear the firsthand experience of one of the bloodiest and most tragic genocides in history, you are also exposed to the true strength and vitality of the human spirit and what it really means to forgive.
It’s a book that really touched me in a lot of ways and I wanted to share it! :)
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!!!
Truer words have never been written.
If you’re a Christian, please read this.
I’m sorry, but I find some of these offensive as a Catholic. I agree with one or two of them, but you’re taking most of these WAY out of context. For example, “It’s all in God’s plan.” God is NOT causing bad things to happen. We have FREE WILL. With free will comes CHOICES that affect everything. And I don’t know what other Christians believe (I know that Protestants don’t believe this), but Catholics believe that God has a plan for everything because, as He exists outside of time, he knows the choices we are GOING to make. He doesn’t force us to make them, we aren’t DESTINED to make them, He just knows that we will make them because He knows everything.
And when we say, “it’s all in God’s plan,” it’s because it’s something beautiful. We believe that goodness can come from suffering. Suffering can be beautiful. Christ suffered and died on the cross and, as a result, saved mankind. In my school, a sophomore named Connor developed a cancerous brain tumor and died, but in the process, he strengthened ALL of our faiths with his love, bravery, and acceptance. He showed us that death is just the beginning of a new journey. God has the ability to turn suffering and badness into joy and goodness. When we say that phrase to people, we’re telling them that they’re suffering for a REASON, that it’s NOT for nothing, and that if they just keep holding onto hope something beautiful will come of it. We are NOT trying to undermine their suffering.
I’d like to tackle ALL of these but I think that’s enough for now. I’m probably going to lose followers but this needed to be said. A lot of people have misconceptions about Christianity and I’d rather they do more research or speak to a religious official before jumping to conclusions.
I got another note from my Guardian Angel!
If you don’t know, someone’s been leaving encouraging messages and quotes in my locker signed “your Guardian Angel.” It’s a girl’s handwriting, but that’s all I know. I have more notes from her! (I got one last week but didn’t blog about it)
“‘Life is not worth living unless it is lived for others’. - Mother Teresa. Love, The Guardian Angel.”
“‘Be yourself! :) Everyone else is taken’. Love, the Agape Angel”
It’s nice to know somebody cares about me! This is one of the main reasons why I love attending a Catholic school~
My Lenten sacrifice is to work out more.
I never do well GIVING UP something, so I decided to DO something MORE instead.
I remember a few years ago my sacrifice was to drop no f-bombs or curse, even in my head.
WHAT A FUCKING LENT THAT WAS
If you are on God’s side reblog this. If you’re on the Devil’s side, keep scrolling.
Well I dont think that’s fair. Just because I don’t want to post stuff about my belief in God, it doesn’t mean I’m on the Devil’s side. That’s a little harsh….
A girl in a bikini gets more reblogs than this…..
I don’t usually succumb to these lol
^^^ Agreed 100% Claudia.
I hate these. So, I’ve spent my life as a devout Catholic and loved God, but because I don’t reblog something on Tumblr, I’m a Devil worshipper. BECAUSE THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. Fuck whoever made this. You’re just trying to make the rest of us feel bad.
I lost followers after proclaiming my faith in God
That doesn’t matter. I knew it would happen.
It just makes me sad that people can’t accept others for who they are, despite saying they can.