Even though I can’t remember my baptism, I learn more about it in my religion class at school. I learn its lasting affect and what it means to us as Catholics. It inspires me to learn more and to appreciate our faith more. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19 Many Catholics treasure the sacrament of Reconciliation. This sacrament can be also known as the sacrament of Penance and Confession.
My religious beliefs were passed on from my relatives on my mother's side. My family has believed in the Catholic faith for many generations. Since I grew up in the Catholic faith I went to Catholic schools my entire childhood. My personal experiences and the Catholic faith made me into the person I am today. Without a religious upbringing I feel that there would have been something missing in my life.
The people and the lessons can teach a person a lot about who he or she is and who he or she can be. It helped me find who I am and who I want to become as an adult. There are important reasons why we choose to attend church as a family. There are also many effects that come from the great experience. Attending church since I was little helped me become the strong, absolute person I am today.
My Religious Odyssey You can take the girl out of Catholic School… Most people grow up with some type of belief system. Judaism, Christianity, Islam and even Agnosticism are some examples. It wasn’t until I had a child that I realized that religion was just man’s way of explaining God. Even as a kid, however, I always believed in a higher being. Not just because of my very heavy-handed Catholic upbringing.
My parents have always been there for me and supported me in all I do. They encourage me in my schoolwork as well as my extra-curricular activities. They attend all my concerts and things I participate in including church activities. My grandparents have also influenced me in what I am today. My grandfather is a minister and has always encouraged me to do well and have high morals.
Religious faith is something that is very important to me. I would define religious faith as the belief and trust in a higher power. It is called religious faith because one cannot prove that their God exists, but they still believe and have trust in their God. I have religious faith, as I am a Catholic, and believe in God and his Son Jesus Christ. My faith is something that I live out each and every day by following the teachings of my religion and practicing its values.
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” -C.S. Lewis I am a stereotypical Christian: I grew up in a church, I was baptized when I was seven, my parents taught Sunday School, I have been the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at my school, and the list goes on. Although all of these things may be true, my faith is as anti-stereotypical as they come. My faith has experienced many changes, some good and some bad, and it has been influenced by a myriad of things. The biggest influencers in my faith have been my family, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization, and ultimately, myself.
I am so happy I was baptized in the Catholic Church. Reading about the Jewish faith allowed me to understand what they believe better and it also increased my knowledge of the Catholic Church. I know that I will need to know this information sometime in life in order to understand different people and their beliefs! To mean the last chapter was the most disappointing because it seemed to slam all of us Catholics and non-Jews. It seemed that Kushner wanted to tell us how to live our lives and practice our religion.
I was raised as Roman Catholic, and so I was taught many moral principles such as respect, honesty, and reconciliation. I personally believe that these values, which have been instituted in me by my parents and church, affect the way I deal with conflict. Religion is a key factor in peace building, even in conflicts across different systems of beliefs. I specifically wish to focus on how religion and identity are intertwined in their affects on resolution, on examples where religion was considered the cause of conflict, and on the role of Catholicism specifically in peacemaking. Following my belief as a Catholic, I hope to better myself through what I learn here as well.
God has given me great artistic and design talent. I have used this gift for years to give back to the church and across the community, through doing sets for church plays, decorations for banquets, signs for festivals, creating holiday displays, and designing and constructing scenery /decorations for main events, such as Vacation Bible School. I am extremely grateful to have been blessed with this wonderful background in religious beliefs. I will always continue to use them as guidance in my life and towards my path of spiritual growth. It was in sixth grade, with the onset of puberty and fluctuating hormones that I first realized I was attracted to the same sex, even then, I wasn't aware that it was an option.