I wanted to reflect on the field trip we took on Friday to the Grotto and to the Synagogue. As the trip got closer I tried to leave my mind open to new experiences that I might encounter on the trip. As I sure many pilgrims did before they traveled to new places. In Cousineau’s book it talks a lot about going to these holy places with an open mind, to be almost at peace within you before going. Going to the Grotto I knew it was going to be more focused on the Catholic faith, which I am a member. Going on the trip I tried no to a line myself with any faith. I wanted to go in as someone with no religion. To see how it might be different from when I went to the Grotto with my church. It was really interesting to walk around the upper garden and take in the magnitude of how big the Grotto property is.
It was nice and peaceful walking and reading the store of Jesses. The story had great points of joy, and also sorrows, just like life. One part I have always connected to be the love Marry shows for her son during his life. I think this part sticks to me so much because I didn’t have that growing up. I was raised by my grandparents, I was still loved by them, but I don’t think it’s the same as a mother 's love for their children. This part sticks with me also because I want to show that kind of love to my children, one day.
The other stop to the Synagogue was also very interesting because I didn’t know much about their faith other than what we talked about in class. I liked how the Temple means too much in the religion, even when the Rabi was talking about it you could hear a change in his voice whenever it was brought up. I also liked learning about the Torah and how much time goes into making one. I didn’t realize it ...
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...t and technology people have lost the ability to work. People don’t understand the concept of hard work. Everything in life needs to be worked on, no one is perfect and I feel like people are becoming more content in life.
What would life be like if we didn’t have faith? If there was no belief in the holy, would life have less of a meaning? Would it make life easier or harder? I think people wouldn’t question everything as much. I believe that faith separate us from other animals. Our ability to believe in something that can’t be understood unevenly makes us who we are today. I couldn’t imagine life without some form of religion. It is a big part of our culture and our history. What if it isn’t true, that the stories we hear from the Bible aren’t true. What if these stories were designed to teach children way back when? Could mankind handle learning this knowledge?
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