The Catholic Church has had a spotty history, oppression and persecution ruled ancient times and even some modern thought. Christians were persecuted, Christians and non-Christians fled to new regions, and new religions and ideologies arose. Today, Catholics account for 1.2 Billion of the worlds 7 billion people, and though while many acquiesce at their religion, today’s millennial culture, rhetoric and social issues continue to slowly transcend the voices of the faithful, in leadership and in community. Allowing faith to be more relevant in the growing secular world. While dogma remains, rhetoric changes. A more open church, a more loving church, a church of the people has arose with the leadership of St. John Paul II through Pope Francis where oppression of vices has taken a back seat to love and compassion.
The Catholic faith and its leadership have a largely substantial holding in the ideologies and philosophy of the faithful, and even the not so faithful as Christian lessons reign throughout many philosophies. So when Pope Francis says he’s not going to judge gay couples with intent towards God, and that climate change is a moral obligation, people’s ears tend to perk up.
On April 2nd, 2005 Andrew Windschieldt sits in his small, two-bed dorm room on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa. Though he would call himself a catholic, he wouldn’t tell you he was a devout one.
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...ter its about love and respect”, said Arnold.
Kelby has pursued her own spiritual interests and she says it’s only brought her closer to her Catholic faith.
“I think any time you can have an experience, where you are totally into the moment, into your being, focusing on your existence, and any time a spiritual experience can happen that can only bring you closer to your faith.”
It’s easy to struggle in this life, its harder to have unwavering faith, said Arnold.”
She grabs her yoga mat, gets down on her hands and knees and raises her chest to the sky, breathing in her noise and out her mouth, setting her intention for the day and filling her mind with positive affirmations, oh and focusing on her breathing. Combining spirit with practice, she affirms her catholic faith with her free soul in the intentions she sets, the people she affects, and the life she will lead.
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