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unpopular pagan opinion: ofc people use fandom terms like “headcanons” or “feels” when talking about gods lol. that’s how language works. gods have always been interpreted differently by different people; a lot of people who honor the gods don’t have real strong communication, or don’t trust their discernment so well. so they don’t want to say “yeah x god is like this” or even really call it UPG, because they’re not sure; saying “i headcanon x god as this” is an easy way to get across what you mean to people who know what the term “headcanon” means: it’s something you kinda think is right, but don’t have a whole lot of conclusive evidence, so you sorta just go with it.

i’m not even talking about PC paganism necessarily, just saying that not everyone takes themselves seriously enough, or has the confidence to speak with authority about their religious experiences. not everyone knows all the ~right terms~ to use about their religious experiences, so they use the terms they know. that doesn’t mean they don’t believe in their gods, it just means they’re talking about their gods with the terminology they’re comfortable with. also, just because someone’s new and hasn’t bought and read all the books you have, doesn’t mean they’re dumb or just “playing around” with their religion or whatever; it means they’re new. we oughta talk to them as equals, not mock them.

tbh this kinda reminds me of how when the printing press came out the Catholic church printed out and distributed a bunch of Bibles, and then burned them because regular peasants became literate and were talking back about what the Bible said and what it didn’t….the religious authorities didn’t like how the Common People were relating to and talking about the religion, so they cut them off, told them they didn’t have the “proper authority” to read about their God and their faith. they didn’t want the people making the religion theirs, they only wanted people to think and talk about God the way they did. (aaaand the whole government was based on the Divine Right to Rule so if the peasants got uppity about what Jesus actually said there could be one of those pesky uprisings, but that’s a different post lol)

idk, i may be rambling…i just think that when we refuse to let people smear the line between the Religious and the Mundane, you encourage people to compartmentalize, to not think about the gods in terms of their own lives and their own thoughts. is it really such a big deal if someone “makes us look bad” by talking about their headcanons about the gods and shit? isn’t it more important that people are comfortable talking about them at all?

that shirtless tat pic sm accidentally uploaded yesterday was jaejoong not tae but like w h a t  i f

anonymous asked:

I believe in Jesus, I read the Bible everyday, fight against sin, but still each time I fail, I can't break this habit, I can't overcome this repetitive sin. I feel deeply sorry for this particular sin. But still I can't quit it. I mean, I can't see the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Does it mean I'm not saved? My friend told me if my faith is true, sincere, I will overcome sin and see the fruit of Holy Spirit. Are good deeds a sign of true faith? Repetitive sin means my faith is weak? I'm confused.

Hello!

I really think you should read these articles about salvation, good deeds, and the fruits the Holy Spirit. They explain things well and I highly recommend these websites!

https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print-edition/are-you-saved-if-only

http://www.catholicscomehome.org/your-questions/church-teachings/salvation/

https://www.catholic.com/magazine/online-edition/are-good-works-necessary-for-salvation

http://aleteia.org/2014/06/07/if-you-cant-see-the-fruits-of-the-holy-spirit-in-your-life/

I’ll tell you what I learned from personal experience.

We will still struggle with temptation on our journey of faith and we will still fall, but we must get back up every time. Sometimes, we fall a lot. No matter how many times we fall, we have to get back up and keep fighting. Don’t get discouraged. 

Read this article, too. It includes a long passage from St. Maximilian Kolbe and commentary from the author.

“My beloved, may every fall, even if it is serious and habitual sin, always become for us a small step toward a higher degree of perfection.” - St. Maximilian Kolbe

“Repeated sin can be painful, and in the midst of our humiliation, we may wonder if we will ever find victory. According to St. Maximilian, you will in God’s good time—if you are teachable and docile, that is.

The painful lessons of humility are only the first stage in our advance in holiness. Think of them as Holiness 101 in the school of sainthood.

Take St. Maximilian’s advice and never despair when faced with repeated serious sin. Despair is truly the only sin God can’t forgive. [For clarification, CCC 2091: By despair, man ceases to hope for his personal salvation from God, for help in attaining it or for the forgiveness of his sins. Despair is contrary to God’s goodness, to his justice – for the Lord is faithful to his promises – and to his mercy.] Instead, purpose to learn humility and be docile to the graces God sends to you. Persevere in grace and wait patiently on Our Lord. He will deliver you in due time.”

I can tell that you are sincere and that you truly believe. Prayerfully consider the quotes above. They said it better than I could. You’re in my prayers!

May God bless you and guide you!

Ad Jesum per Mariam,

María de Fátima

Souvenir of First Holy Communion

“How lovely it was, that first kiss of Jesus in my heart – it was truly a kiss of love. I knew that I was loved and said, ‘I love Thee, and I give myself to Thee forever.’“ - St. Thérèse on her First Holy Communion

On St. Veronica and the Holy Veil

It was told that a pious matron, named Seraphina, was the one who compassionately and courageously wiped Jesus’ face with her cloth. The image that appeared on it was known from the very beginning as Vera Icon or True Image. Over time the two names were blended and Seraphina’s name turned into Veronica which means literally bearing the True Image.