Life is tough. But Nuns are tougher.
If you need helpful advice just Ask Sister Mary Martha.
When I lived in Virginia, our parish hosted an environmental fair under the trees of its lovely, big, old churchyard to celebrate Rogation Days. It seems like to pretty good idea to me as a way to put some modern meaning into an ancient holiday.
We still have farmers who still turn daily to God for protection for their livestock, crops and their families who work them, isn't that enough of a modern meaning for an ancient holiday? We still have to eat afterall and this year the food we eat seems to be threatened by drought in the wheatbelt, floods in the cornbelt and tornados everywhere else. A little Divine intervention would be most welcome.
"Reverend Crazy Pants" -- funny, now i want to google him and see what kind of pants he actually had on.
Hello, I don't know if this is the right place to pose questions, but I have a question about soteriology. I'm an atheist dating a nice Catholic boy. We've been dating for a year and a half, so we're at the point where we're trying to talk about points of conflicts between our religious beliefs to discern whether we can find a way to make this work out in the long term. The primary impediment is my boyfriend's interpretation of Catholic theology surrounding damnation. He believes that, if we were to one day marry and have children, those children would be pretty much automatically damned because they would have an awareness of Catholic teachings, but having an atheist for a mother would poison their faith. Regardless of whether they attended catechism class, my boyfriend believes any hypothetical children would be lost unless I pretended I was a Catholic and lied about my true beliefs.Is this what the Catholic church asks of an atheist who ends up with a Catholic? I am uncomfortable engaging in a complex, long-term deception. I also wonder, if my boyfriend's interpretation of theology is correct, why the Catholic Church would ever sanction this kind of marriage under any circumstances.I wonder if you could point us to any resources/teachings on this topic. It's hard for my boyfriend to get spiritual guidance on campus, since the priests are very liberal (well-nigh universalists) so he's not sure they think anyone is in danger of Hell.
2 Corinthians 6 and a chapter in Deuteronomy (slips my mind at the moment) both stress-- "Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers." Perhaps you need to discuss these chapters and learn how he feels. I will pray that you and others like yourself solve your religious quandaries (and I am sure Sister will, too).
Leah, Are you actually "atheist" or are you perhaps more "agnostic"? Do you look around at the night sky and the diversity of blossoms this spring and believe that these things happened by accident? Or do you see the possiblity of a Being who couldn't resist creating, much like an artist or a composer or a writer cannot resist when the creating urge strikes? A book that may help you clarify your answer is "Yes or No?" by Peter Kreeft (ISBN # 978-0-89870-358-0). You and your boyfriend should read it together and talk more. Linda
Answer: Visitation of Blessed Virgin Mary to St. ElizabethSister Mary Martha, Hope you don't mind but I tagged you in "What are your favorite 3 Bible Verses". I am very interested in reading your response. I love your blog!
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