On Easter: Once a Catholic, always a critic

Easter for me has always been a truly religious event. Christmas has become so commercialized that it is celebrated by non-Christians and in many ways has a distinct secular feel to it. But not Easter. It is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ, and as such only those who believe that the Son of God rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion could celebrate it. I remember going to Mass and singing at the top of my lungs:

Jesus Christ has risen today, hallelujah

But I am not a good Catholic… Certainly, not in the eyes of the church since I don’t agree with all of its teachings. I was raised in an environment that insisted that I had to do it the Catholic way or risk excommunication. Well, I have never been good with authority figures. If anyone were to tell me to look right, I’d probably look left. Of course, had they asked, it would have been different. But the church is not good at asking. They have a law of their own, and anything that strays from their teaching is just plain wrong. Well, after years of this, I have sent myself into a self-imposed exile. I cannot accept a religion that is so inflexible.

People have told me that the church is changing, that they no longer spew fire and brimstone. Well, the current brouhaha surrounding John Kerry and his “worthiness” to receive communion has simply confirmed all my fears. Boston archbishop, Sean O’Malley, stated last summer that pro-choice Catholics are “in a state of grave sin” and so, not worthy to accept communion–the body of Christ. While the Boston diocese has now determined that any priest may give Kerry–and presumably any other pro-choice Catholic–communion, St. Louis Archbishop R. Burke states that he would definitely refuse Kerry communion. I find Burke and his ilk a total turn off. And even though the Boston diocese changed its mind, it seems to be a politically motivated change rather than any real change in church thinking…

Well, I’m pro-choice too. I also believe that premarital sex is fine between two consenting adults. I also believe that contraceptives are not only okay, but a must in our day and age. Of course, the Catholic Church does not agree. Can you believe that if you talk to many priests even today, they will promote the “rhythm method”?!? Hahahahaahha. Obviously, these guys have never had sex, let alone know anything about sexuality. And I won’t even discuss the greater problem of pedophilia in a “church” that obviously looked the other way when problems arose in the past. I mean, how could you defend a church that wouldn’t admit for decades that these were crimes, let alone an abuse on their flock?

So while some may try to convince me that the current church has changed, I will simply point to the even more currrent Kerry controversy as evidence to the contrary. I still believe in God, but I will allow my conscience to be my guide and my soul to be my tabernacle. Organized religion is not for me.

Happy Easter…

On Easter: Once a Catholic, always a critic

Easter for me has always been a truly religious event. Christmas has become so commercialized that it is celebrated by non-Christians and in many ways has a distinct secular feel to it. But not Easter. It is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ, and as such only those who believe that the Son of God rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion could celebrate it. I remember going to Mass and singing at the top of my lungs:

Jesus Christ has risen today, hallelujah

But I am not a good Catholic… Certainly, not in the eyes of the church since I don’t agree with all of its teachings. I was raised in an environment that insisted that I had to do it the Catholic way or risk excommunication. Well, I have never been good with authority figures. If anyone were to tell me to look right, I’d probably look left. Of course, had they asked, it would have been different. But the church is not good at asking. They have a law of their own, and anything that strays from their teaching is just plain wrong. Well, after years of this, I have sent myself into a self-imposed exile. I cannot accept a religion that is so inflexible.

People have told me that the church is changing, that they no longer spew fire and brimstone. Well, the current brouhaha surrounding John Kerry and his “worthiness” to receive communion has simply confirmed all my fears. Boston archbishop, Sean O’Malley, stated last summer that pro-choice Catholics are “in a state of grave sin” and so, not worthy to accept communion–the body of Christ. While the Boston diocese has now determined that any priest may give Kerry–and presumably any other pro-choice Catholic–communion, St. Louis Archbishop R. Burke states that he would definitely refuse Kerry communion. I find Burke and his ilk a total turn off. And even though the Boston diocese changed its mind, it seems to be a politically motivated change rather than any real change in church thinking…

Well, I’m pro-choice too. I also believe that premarital sex is fine between two consenting adults. I also believe that contraceptives are not only okay, but a must in our day and age. Of course, the Catholic Church does not agree. Can you believe that if you talk to many priests even today, they will promote the “rhythm method”?!? Hahahahaahha. Obviously, these guys have never had sex, let alone know anything about sexuality. And I won’t even discuss the greater problem of pedophilia in a “church” that obviously looked the other way when problems arose in the past. I mean, how could you defend a church that wouldn’t admit for decades that these were crimes, let alone an abuse on their flock?

So while some may try to convince me that the current church has changed, I will simply point to the even more currrent Kerry controversy as evidence to the contrary. I still believe in God, but I will allow my conscience to be my guide and my soul to be my tabernacle. Organized religion is not for me.

Happy Easter…

Developing Skills thru Xanga

Check out the Comment of the Day from onigiri. No, we are not related… But it kinda made me happy. I think that in person, I can be a pretty persuasive person. I can talk to people and make them feel at ease, or motivated, or encouraged, or whatever. I have had students tell me that I should be a football coach, just because of my motivational skills. Not to sound too immodest, I don’t disagree… hehehehe. Just kidding. I’m always looking for a pat on the back. But anyway, what Onigiri said pleased me because I always strive to convey in text what I convey when I speak. And if he feels that way, then maybe… just maybe, I am approaching my goal. And, in a way, I have you guys to thank. Now before you laugh, hear me out… I don’t read Stephen King anymore; indeed, I haven’t read anything by him in over 20 years! Writings on Xang–or perhaps, more specifically readings on Xanga–has widened my views and ideas on style, and has influenced me in ways that are too many to list in a coherent way. Beautiful prose–like that by ifso–has inspired me to take my writing more seriously, and concentrate on style and expression. Certainly, wits like SammyStorm and the former Hamamoto remind me to keep a light attitude. And sarcastic wits like Bane_vixen remind me that life has to be more than mere fluff. There are budding artists as well. The photography of Nefarious and detachable tell visual stories that display the beauty and impact of text and images, and artists like ddsb2000 urge me to dig for even a smidgeon of latent artistic sensibility within myself… although I must admit I have been getting discouraged lately…

But perhaps the most important thing I have learned on Xanga is that I must be honest with myself. If I were to try to write something “fictitious”, something that didn’t represent a part of me in one form or another, it would ring hollow. I learned this from the many sites written by those who talk about their daily lives, such as mmh, simply_marie, takunishi79, Paiky, BarbEric_Bojo and the hattori brothers. But among all these sites, I have to confess a love for the O-girl (OG). If you read her site regularly, you know who I’m talking about. Her site is fresh and crisp and incredibly honest–a perfect fit for the O-man (yeah, right, in my dreams! hahahahaha…) and I have to admit that hers is a site that I have to visit everyday… Of course, to this “ordinary” girl, I am just another of the literally hundreds of readers that visit her site daily, making O-man stand for “Ordinaryman”, I guess.

Be that as it may, I will continue to read all of your sites–certainly including those I didn’t mentioned–and hope to expand my horizon and writing skills. I just love to write… just in case you haven’t notice yet. Hehehehe…

Developing Skills thru Xanga

Comment of the day…
I have to say, when i read your posts, its like someone is talking to me… only in my voice.
— Posted 4/9/2004 onigiri

Check out the Comment of the Day from onigiri. No, we are not related… But it kinda made me happy. I think that in person, I can be a pretty persuasive person. I can talk to people and make them feel at ease, or motivated, or encouraged, or whatever. I have had students tell me that I should be a football coach, just because of my motivational skills. Not to sound too immodest, I don’t disagree… hehehehe. Just kidding. I’m always looking for a pat on the back. But anyway, what Onigiri said pleased me because I always strive to convey in text what I convey when I speak. And if he feels that way, then maybe… just maybe, I am approaching my goal. And, in a way, I have you guys to thank. Now before you laugh, hear me out… I don’t read Stephen King anymore; indeed, I haven’t read anything by him in over 20 years! Writings on Xang–or perhaps, more specifically readings on Xanga–has widened my views and ideas on style, and has influenced me in ways that are too many to list in a coherent way. Beautiful prose–like that by ifso–has inspired me to take my writing more seriously, and concentrate on style and expression. Certainly, wits like SammyStorm and the former Hamamoto remind me to keep a light attitude. And sarcastic wits like Bane_vixen remind me that life has to be more than mere fluff. There are budding artists as well. The photography of Nefarious and detachable tell visual stories that display the beauty and impact of text and images, and artists like ddsb2000 urge me to dig for even a smidgeon of latent artistic sensibility within myself… although I must admit I have been getting discouraged lately…

But perhaps the most important thing I have learned on Xanga is that I must be honest with myself. If I were to try to write something “fictitious”, something that didn’t represent a part of me in one form or another, it would ring hollow. I learned this from the many sites written by those who talk about their daily lives, such as mmh, simply_marie, takunishi79, Paiky, BarbEric_Bojo and the hattori brothers. But among all these sites, I have to confess a love for the O-girl (OG). If you read her site regularly, you know who I’m talking about. Her site is fresh and crisp and incredibly honest–a perfect fit for the O-man (yeah, right, in my dreams! hahahahaha…) and I have to admit that hers is a site that I have to visit everyday… Of course, to this “ordinary” girl, I am just another of the literally hundreds of readers that visit her site daily, making O-man stand for “Ordinaryman”, I guess.

Be that as it may, I will continue to read all of your sites–certainly including those I didn’t mentioned–and hope to expand my horizon and writing skills. I just love to write… just in case you haven’t notice yet. Hehehehe…