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Re: A fine Young contextualisation
thank you Straightforward!

posted by FineYoungSinger on July 29, 2008 at 5:56 AM | link to this | reply

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Hi JanesOpinion!  Thanks for reading!

posted by FineYoungSinger on July 29, 2008 at 5:56 AM | link to this | reply

Re: I find comfort in the concept of the cross
Hi Sira----what you say in your last line is golden.  Thank you so much for reading!

posted by FineYoungSinger on July 29, 2008 at 5:56 AM | link to this | reply

Re: FYS
Hi Troosha---thanks for reading!  as far as your final statement is concerned, the fact that you would ponder such a possibility indicates the real depth of your thinking and your desire for faith.  Isn't that the whole point of spiritual writing--to get us thinking outside of ourselves?

posted by FineYoungSinger on July 29, 2008 at 5:55 AM | link to this | reply

A fine Young contextualisation

posted by Straightforward on July 12, 2008 at 10:31 PM | link to this | reply

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FYS-Amen!!!!

posted by JanesOpinion on July 10, 2008 at 8:15 PM | link to this | reply

I find comfort in the concept of the cross

Not because its tied to death, but because it's the one place where I think Jesus really showed his faith, not only in God, but in humanity. He endured so much pain, but never strayed from his message of hope and love. And he died so firmly convinced that man kind would heed his lesson and benefit from his sacrifice. I think you'd have to really have faith in people, to lay down your life for them.

It's not how he died, but why he sacrificed, that is important. Or, at least that's what I think...

posted by Sira890 on July 8, 2008 at 10:33 AM | link to this | reply

FYS
I’m a protestant and I think we take things a little “lighter” – not so plugged into the fundamentals of Christianity but rather the broader spectrum.  Be that as it may, I do have a crucifix hanging in my home (a rather modern, artistic version) and for me it serves as a reminder that there is a higher power watching over me but very little more than that.  Does that make me a shallow Christian, I wonder….

posted by Troosha on July 8, 2008 at 10:02 AM | link to this | reply

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While this is all true, what prompted me to write this piece was the unsolicited, unwarrented attack of my faith, and the real lack of understanding regarding the catholic faith.

I'm not sure to which Catholics you're referring in this comment, but most Catholics I both know directly and encounter at conferences and other events DON'T "follow the Priest", and really never have.  I think your generalization is incorrect.

posted by FineYoungSinger on July 8, 2008 at 7:32 AM | link to this | reply

I was Catholic for 26 years. It is steeped in ritual and everything is related to Scripture. I think it is difficult to explain because many Catholics follow the priest. In fact one is taught that. [But, Christ tells us to pick up our cross and follow Him.] It takes years of study to understand everything. I know my children will tell you it was a long road. A child takes 10 years of classes to be confirmed. And the Pope being the leader, his epistles would be followed as well. Bottom line for me, the cleric was doing what I should have been doing, [less attention to the priest and up and] more focus on Christ.

I felt somewhat unfilled because of the ritualism. I wanted a closer association with Christ and found that in another religion. Religion in nature is binding. I think it is important to find a faith that helps one bind to the Lord wholly.

Have a great day!  sam 

posted by sam444 on July 8, 2008 at 6:07 AM | link to this | reply

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Sam, haha....yeah------I do love my friend.  I just wish that she would not bash me for my faith.

posted by FineYoungSinger on July 8, 2008 at 5:23 AM | link to this | reply

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Thanks Moon!

posted by FineYoungSinger on July 8, 2008 at 5:20 AM | link to this | reply

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hi JanesOpinion, thanks so much---it just baffles me that there are so many differences in the splintered faith that Christianity has become, when ultimately, there is one Christ.  I thank you for this, and for finding a common ground with this Catholic.  That's how we're going to heal this crazy mess that humanity got itself into.

posted by FineYoungSinger on July 8, 2008 at 5:20 AM | link to this | reply

wow,,you really put your heart and faith into this post.
I wish you luck with your friend.  Maybe you should let
her read your post.  It's very powerful..of course leaving
the reference to her out

posted by Samantha39 on July 7, 2008 at 6:36 PM | link to this | reply

...well done

posted by magic_moon on July 7, 2008 at 6:06 PM | link to this | reply

Excellent!

This protestant believes you cannot have on without the other, and for Christianity to be true you need both. Growing up in my church, we had communion weekly.  It seems many protestant churches of today celebrate communion at most, once a month.  This is sad, if you ask me, because it means we're NOT remembering Christ in his death as we should. 

Good post!

posted by JanesOpinion on July 7, 2008 at 1:45 PM | link to this | reply

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