Thursday, March 14, 2013

Are you religious?

I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic school for part of my schooling. I've never been passionately religious, but it's always been something I have cared about as a spiritual outlet and support system through difficult times. J was raised in an Evangelical Christian church, but never took to it himself,  so last summer we had Coco baptized in the Catholic church. Then last fall, J started taking classes at the church to convert and we were attending mass pretty regularly. But then a funny thing happened.

I became disappointed in the church. My experiences growing up in Catholic school as an altar server were really positive. There was a great deal of emphasis placed on openness and acceptance, service to others and humility. My mom studied at Gonzaga University with the Jesuits and her interpretation of Catholicism and everything she passed on to us was infused in spiritualism, having a deep personal connection with God and trusting in the mysteries of life. I just wasn't getting that here. I don't know if it's the fundamental difference between European Catholicism and American Catholicism or what, but I didn't even want to go to mass anymore. Everything seemed to be about guilt and shame and to me it seemed really negative. The offerings that were more positive seemed vapid and uninspiring, along the lines of "Jesus loves you," which in my opinion is rather ridiculous. 

So I find myself at an odd point in my spiritual life. I would like to give Coco a spiritual upbringing and a religious foundation, but I don't feel engaged or fulfilled myself. It's frustrating. The news of Pope Francis is really uplifting, though. I have high hopes that the church will give me the same inspiration it once did with him in the Vatican. 

So, I'm curious, are you religious? How active are you in your religion? Do you feel it's something important to model and teach your children? Or, the opposite? I'd love to hear your feelings and views on this one. It's a very interesting topic to me. Thanks! xo

2 comments:

  1. Hi Lindsey,

    I stumbled across your blog today through a comment on Design Mom. I don't often comment on blogs, but decided to comment on this post becuase religion is a very interesting topic to me as well. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; more commonly known as the Mormon church. I love it. Although I was born and raised in a Mormon family, it has been my choice to accept and make it a part of my life as an adult. As a teenager I lived with a Catholic family in Mexico, and later was a live-in nanny for an Orthodox Jewish family in Connecticut. Both experiences were wonderful and I gained a greater appreciation for my right to choose what I believe. I came to know through study, prayer, and practice that Mormonism is the right choice for me. If it's a religion that promotes hope, service, acceptance and happiness instead of guilt and shame, you can find it in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a religion focused on family life, becoming our best selves, and service to others. It is so rewarding and fulfilling to be a part of a community where we love and serve others and strive to make the world a better place.
    This weekend is the semi-annual General Confernence for the Mormon church. We will be taught by living prophets and apostles and other leaders of our church. You can listen online at LDS.org. I think it would be well worth your time if you're searching for light and truth. :)

    All my best,
    Nicole

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    1. Thank you, Nicole for taking the time to leave this thoughtful comment! It really sounds like you have had a lot of exposure to different religions and I'm glad you feel happy and grounded in the Mormon church. I'll take you up on the offer to listen in on the conference this weekend! Maybe I'll learn something new. ;) xo

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