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During a hot summer night in my backyard a few years ago, I sat at my wrought-iron table, fascinated by the conversation between my aunt and grandmother. Back and forth my head flew, following the conversation of two of the matriarchs in my family. However, the topic would surprise many, for it was not about the latest music or pop culture happenings. Hours ticked away from the clock as they discussed Judeo-Christian relations and the changes made between the two religions over time. I, having never grown up in a very strong religious background, was stunned at the conversation. I always knew that my aunt and uncle’s religious affiliation—Judaism—differed from my own, but I had not known the complexity between the two. After that night, I began…show more content…
Immediately, I was opposed to being spoon-fed information I did not necessarily believe in. Not saying I did not believe in God or Catholicism, I just would have preferred to come to my own conclusions. Thus, despite going through the steps of becoming a “full Catholic,” I lacked a true, fundamental religious identity. My beliefs were not my own, they reflected the institution in which I was raised. Upon maturing and realizing this, I, like many of my peers, began to shun my faith. Rather than trying to force myself into the religious landscape of my community, I quietly removed myself. This was rather easy since my household did not have a strong religious presence. As previously stated, only my grandmother possesses a strong religious identity. According to my mother, religion comes through works, and she holds her job in the medical field as her religious practice. My parents never forced religion upon my sister and me in an attempt to let us make our own decisions. However, both of us ended up turning away from religion, to no fault of my mothers. In today’s society, it seems to be the norm for teenagers and young, working adults to shy away from religion as a strong influence in one’s…show more content…
Similar to all of my family members, Lisa grew up in an Italian, Catholic family. However, beginning in her early teenage she started to shy away from her Catholic identity. Her parents always thought it was just her going through an immature stage, but even today, Lisa identifies herself as an atheist. It was strange holding a religious conversation with someone who was completely willing to deny the existence of a greater power. Ironically, Lisa identifies the starting point of her atheism with her Catholic elementary school upbringing. In Catholic school Lisa believes the students are "forced" to agree with the fundamentals of Catholicism without much self-discovery. Initially like most students, Lisa followed her peers, falling in line with Catholic teachings. However, upon pushing her religious boundaries, she found it hard to just find faith without any reassurance. Lisa 's beliefs completely disagreed with those of her Catholic school teachers, some of the same teachers I had growing up many years later. This conversation forced me to question my own alignment with my faith, for I was a part of the same exact system as
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