Saturday, February 14, 2009
A religion usually encompasses a set of stories, symbols, beliefs and practices, often with a supernatural quality, that give meaning to the practitioner's experiences of life through reference to an ultimate power or reality. It may be expressed through prayer, ritual, meditation, music and art, among other things. It may focus on specific supernatural, metaphysical, and moral claims about reality (the cosmos, and human nature) which may yield a set of religious laws, ethics, and a particular lifestyle. Religion also encompasses ancestral or cultural traditions, writings, history, and mythology, as well as personal faith and religious experience.
So I was born into an very faith based family. I have been going to Mass ever since I can remember. I remember when I was little I would get down on the floor in between the pews and I would just stare at the many pairs of feet scattered before me. Throughout my teenage years, I've questioned faith. I've questioned when it was 'totally uncool' to have a spiritual dimension in your life. (Did you know it was uncool to be religious in a Catholic school?! I kid you not. Talk about sacrilege!I question it now as well, because I'm not sure if I want to follow the Catholic faith. I like having a spiritual aspect in my life, it keeps me reasonably sane. But I'm not sure if I like the actual mass service. My mum shows so much faith, but I find it hard to take the services seriously, or religiously. If that makes me a bad Catholic, then so be it. What I'm trying to say is, is it bad to be in a religion that you just want the spiritual side of? Catholic guilt kicking in... (I have no idea what Catholic guilt is) I feel that I'm being bad, coming from such a Catholic oriented family. I don't know. I don't see myself being in any other religion, but I have shown tendencies of humanist and agnostic influences within me. Why can't you delve into all of those?