non catholic

Shout out to the non-Christian/Catholic Latinxs

To the Muslim Latinxs

The Jewish Latinxs

The Buddist Latinxs

The Latinxs who practice Indigenous religions

The Latinx witches

The Latinxs practicing Santeria

The Agnostic Latinxs

The Satanist Latinxs

The Atheist Latinxs

Sometimes our differing religious beliefs put us at odds with our families and our communities. Keep practicing what feels right to you. 

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The Burning Monk

On June 11th, 1963 a Buddhist monk named Thich Quang Duc entered a busy square in Saigon accompanied 350 of his fellow monks and nuns. The monks and nuns formed a circle around Duc as he was saturated with gasoline, and to the shock of foreign corresponds and journalists, was lit on fire.  As the flames consumed Duc, he sat serenely in lotus position, completely oblivious to pain as he was consumed by fire.  When the flames died down, what remained was a blackened, charred corpse.

The self immolation of Thich Quang Duc resulted in one of the most iconic photographs of Vietnam in the 1960′s. As news of the self immolation traveled around the world, the question arose, why did he do it?

At the time South Vietnam was primarily governed by a Vietnamese politician named Ngo Dinh Diem. Diem had been made President of South Vietnam in 1955 after winning a heavily rigged election.  Although he was officially the president of a representative government, in reality he had the powers of a dictator. Diem was a Catholic, and throughout his rule he enacted pro Catholic policies that heavily discriminated against non-Catholics. Around 70-90% of South Vietnamese citizens were Buddhist, but despite being the overwhelming majority Buddhists found themselves second class citizens in their own country. Catholics were favored for high ranking military and civil positions, while Buddhists were likewise barred from such positions while Buddhists serving in the military were turned down for promotions. Catholics also were granted several privileges such as special tax breaks and exemption from corvee labor (labor performed in lieu of taxes).  The government distributed firearms to local defense militias, but only to those in Catholic villages. The Catholic Church was the largest land owner in the country, and was granted special exemptions in land acquisitions. Catholic priests and bishops often had private armies, which would loot or demolish Buddhist temples, or conduct forced conversion of villages. The Vatican Flag was flown at official government and public events, yet the Buddhist flag was often banned during Buddhist holidays. In order to publicly celebrate Buddhists holidays, special government permission was needed.  In 1959, Diem officially dedicated South Vietnam to the Virgin Mary. Yeah Diem was a man of incredible chutzpah as well as excessive stupidity. 

 Diem’s Pro-Catholic policies led to severe distrust between the South Vietnamese people and the Diem regime. In May, the Diem government decreed that the Buddhist flag could not be flown in Hue during the Buddhist holiday called Vesak, which celebrates the Buddha’s birthday. In response, people protested by taking to the streets and marching with Buddhist flags. Government forces responded by firing on the crowd, killing nine. Protests erupted across the country.  In one incident, when monks occupied a square in protest, soldiers and police poured liquid tear gas chemicals on the monk’s heads, severely wounding 69.  Martial law was also declared, and the military undertook a campaign or raiding Buddhist temples, shrines, and pagodas. As the protests grew, the Diem regime responded with increasingly heavy handed tactics. When students in Saigon protested, Diem order 1,000 of them arrested and sent to re-education camps, some of them being as young as 5.

After Duc’s self immolation many other monks would repeat the act in protest. It is often erroneously stated that Duc burned himself to protest the Vietnam War, however this is not true.  It should be noted though that throughout the Vietnam War, 5 American anti-war protesters repeated the act between 1965 and 1970. Many people in Eastern Europe would do the same in the late 1960′s and 1970′s in protest against Communism and the Soviet Union. 

Under pressure from the American Government, South Vietnam’s prime backer, Diem agreed to a list of demands by the Buddhists.  However, Diem never followed through with the agreement. In October of 1963, a US backed coup erupted and toppled Diem’s regime.  Diem was captured while trying to escape on November 1st, and was executed by bayonet.

Its not just for the atheists...

My support for separation of church and state is not just for the atheists, agnostics, humanists, or any of the “nones” (as were so kindly refered to as).

I don’t just fight specific religions being taught as truth in schools for only myself or just for the people(though Im sure it helps my drive), I also do it for people of other religions.

I fight for religious freedom in schools, government, and anything that is not personal/private for everyone.

So no one is forced to do the prayers of a religion they don’t follow.
So no one is forced to follow the rules of a religion they don’t follow.
So no one is discriminated against or wrongly treated based on the beliefs of a religion they have nothing to do with.

I tell you one thing, Christians aren’t wrong when they say Christianity is their right. But a Jews right is to be Jewish. An atheists right is to be atheist.

Feedom of religion is for everyone, I dont know why so many theists fight it.

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The jewish quarter of Segovia, Spain

This week I visited Segovia , specifically the Jewish quarter, it was a visit full of mixed emotions. On one hand the emotion that fills my soul every time I reach the places that were once inhabited by my ancestors, but on the other hand the sadness of knowing that in those streets passed the hardships before the expulsion. As you walk through the streets of Segovia you can hear the echo of history and when you reach the street where the Church of Corpus Christi is located a stab can be felt near the heart when reading on the plate “old Mayor Synagogue of Segovia"

The ancient synagogue of Segovia was transformed into a Church (later built the monastery) in the XIV century after a “mysterious legend” full of false accusations: The Jewish population was accused of stealing a consecrated communion wafer from a church and attempting to boil it in the synagogue to desecrate the body of Christ.
These events reached the ears of Queen Catherine of Aragon and Castile who decided, after hearing these accusations to remove the property of the synagogue and offer it to the bishop of Tordecillas. Thus the Kal became a market, then a Convent until a fire in 1899, when it was rebuilt and converted into the present Corpus Christi Church.

When passing near the Jewish Cemetery , there is the Fonsario del Pinarillo, a place where there are caves in which some Jews hid to not be converted, they  took refuge in the hope of escaping during the night, but some were captured and their destinies were death or conversion.


I also visited the educational center of the Jewry, Abraham Seneor’s former home, he was one of the most outstanding figures of the Castilian Jewish community during the Middle Ages and, undoubtedly, the most relevant in the history of the Hebrew Aljama of Segovia. He was one of the great offices of the Kingdom of Castile (Almojarife), besides Rabino, he was representative of the Jewish Community and Banker, since the family Seneor were part of an important financial group that even was lender of the Crown of Castile.

The Jewish community of Segovia was prosperous and some of its members had an important place within the Segovian community.
Until their expulsion in the year 1492 the jewish people were recognized by their work in the fields of medicine and architecture. After this year the destiny of the converts was always bound to trials and a life full of secrets, a sentence unjustly imposed by its own non-Jewish neighbors who acted as constant guards against a possible return to their non-Catholic customs.
The expelled went away without any property since the Clergy stayed with everything that could have financial value. The departure was painful, the choice to remain faithful to their identity was paid with the price of the departure towards an uncertain road full of sacrifices .

For all you LGBTQ+ Christians out there who feel uncomfortable with your sexuality because of your beliefs;

Let me tell you a little bit about the United Methodist Church, because I think it’s kind of awesome. But then again, it’s my church so I may be biased.

I’ve always questioned my sexuality, just because personally I think labels are stupid, even if they are kind of comforting. I consulted my Pastor about this on a retreat once, and what he said truly amazed me. 

The United Methodist Church is all together very accepting of LGBTQ+ members. We believe whole-heartedly in the grace of God, and that he makes no mistakes when making his children, and that we should unconditionally love our brothers and sisters. All sexualities and genders are welcome to worship with us, and we will never preach against the freedom to love who you want. The only hang up in that area is that as of right now, LGBTQ+ people cannot become attend seminary and be a minister. However, for the last five years, that has been the main goal at our annual conferences. Why restrict our leaders and miss the chance of a unique understanding in a church.

Basically, as long as you’re not an asshole, we love you, and you are always welcome, and we are working very hard to make ourselves even more accepting of all of God’s children. 

If your parents are mad that you don’t go to church because you feel attacked, ask if you could try a different denomination. In my experience, they were just happy that I still wanted to maintain a relationship with my God, and did not care whether I went to their church or any church. While others may not be as accepting, if nothing else, just know you have a home with us if you ever need it. 

Nine months after the end of my last homosexual relationship, when I promised the Lord that I would honor Him in all areas of my life, I finally told my liberal non-Catholic mother that I left the homosexual lifestyle. It didn’t go over well. I am still the same loving person with a heart for helping others. The difference is that I’m Catholic now. I don’t know why I’m looked at differently.

Please pray for the both of us. Thank you.

I was your religious anon thought I’d post a selfie to show the man behind the question , Thankyou so much for the support and answer , I will seek a therapist Thankyou . I appreciate it

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REPLY:

You are very welcome! Don’t let anyone stop you from being happy! You can totally be faith based and Trans! We just need people out there living visibly to show others, it’s okay!

You got this man!

Kyle

anonymous asked:

I mean this as nicely as possible, it might not sound that nice but understand the heart behind it is out of genuine curiosity. Why is it that Catholics pray to saints and Mary, yet in the Bible it clearly states that there is no other way to the Father except through Jesus and all else is idolatry? AND How is it the Catholic Bible has added in a few books when it states not to add or take away anything

No worries anon! 

WARNING….this is going to be  l o n g.

Let’s start with Mama Mary.

Growing up, I assumed Mary was central to every Christian’s faith. But as I got older and talked to some of my non Catholic friends, I realized that many Christians were uncomfortable by the role Mary plays in our faith. And I was amazed. I couldn’t wrap my mind around how anyone could misconstrue our love and honor for Mary as worshiping a false God…

I once read  St. Louis de Montfort’s teaching on Marian consecration and it emphasizes that we must make a gift of ourselves, entirely (body, soul, our exterior goods, and our interior spiritual goods), to Our Lady… What? St. Louis makes it sound so extreme… no wonder Protestants think we worship Mary.As I read it, I started panicking: “Why would I do that? I thought I was supposed to give all of that to God? And if I do this, am I worshipping Mary instead of God?” Thoughts like this were racing through my head. Seeking answers, I continued reading and realized that the purpose of all of this was to belong entirely to Jesus through Mary. Hmm. Plot twist.Still, I wondered if the purpose of all of this was to belong to Jesus, why not go directly to Him? Why spend so much time asking for our Mother’s intercession?

To Jesus Through MaryWhen Catholics pray to Mary they are not worshiping her, rather they are honoring her and asking for her intercession on their behalf — in fact, more than praying “to” her, we pray “with” Mary, asking her to pray with and for us. St. Louis de Montfort uses an incredible analogy of a peasant requesting a favor from a king, to explain Mary’s role in our relationship with God: “It is as if a peasant, wishing to gain the friendship and benevolence of the king, went to the queen and presented her with a fruit which was his whole revenue, in order that she might present it to the king. The queen, having accepted the poor little offering from the peasant, would place the fruit on a large and beautiful dish of gold, and so, on the peasant’s behalf, would present it to the king. Then the fruit, however unworthy in itself to be a king’s present, would become worthy of his majesty because of the dish of gold on which it rested and the person who presented it.” We are that peasant — sinful and broken — wishing to gain the favor of the King. Mary, Queen of Heaven, willingly takes our messy, imperfect prayers and purifies, sanctifies, and beautifies them; placing them on a dish of gold before our King, Jesus.

As Jesus was dying on the cross “he said to his mother, ‘Woman behold, your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Son, behold, your Mother” (John 19:26-27). In that moment, Jesus gave us his mother. We honor Mary, not only because she is our mother, but because God, himself, honored her. Out of all the women in the world, God chose Mary to bring his Son into this world. Mary gave God her unwavering yes, becoming a vessel for God’s plan for Salvation. From the moment of conception to the foot of the cross, she is the perfect embodiment of the obedience of faith (CCC 144). It is for this, that we hold Mary in such high esteem.

St. Maximilian Kolbe said: “Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin Mary too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did and if anyone does not wish to have Mary Immaculate for his mother, he will not have Christ for his brother.” By loving and honoring Mary, we can grow in the ability to emulate her life — to make a complete and total gift of ourselves to God, to give God our ‘yes.’ Through Mary we can grow to know and love her son, Jesus, more deeply because she continuously directs our hearts to Him. “Mary, Mother of Jesus, give me your heart so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate, so full of love and humility that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life,love Him as You loved Him, and serve Him as You served Him….” St. Teresa of Calcutta

Let’s face it, Mary’s role in the Church and in the story of salvation is quite important. It is by God’s grace we are saved, however Mary was the vessel in which grace (Jesus) entered this world. It is Mary who, without question, said yes to the angel when asked to bring into the world the son of God. It is Mary, along with her husband Joseph, who protected the savior when King Herod was looking to kill Him. It was Mary who, on behalf of the host at the wedding, interceded for them and told her son, “They have no wine” (John 2:3). Mary was the first tabernacle, the first to have within her the true presence of Christ. She is the mother of Jesus Christ. She is the handmaid of the Lord (Luke 1:38). Her yes to God reversed Eve’s no to the will of God. God literally appointed Mary as the vessel in which salvation would be born into the world. The Church would be in error if she did not honor the mother of Salvation. Let us allow Mary to lead us to her son and with her, let us pray, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior” (Luke 1:46-47).  

I challenge you to place yourself at the foot of the cross and take these words as if Christ was speaking them to you. Because the reality is, He was. “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (John 19:26-27).



The Saints.

Just to make it very clear up front, Catholics and Protestants believe firmly in the command that we are to pray to God constantly, and without reservation. We agree on that. The Catholic Church does not and has never encouraged folks to take their attention or prayer off of or away from Jesus.When I pray to Christ for you, as your friend, it’s called secondary mediation. I am doing the same thing that the saints do for me when I ask them to pray with me to Jesus… to join their prayers to mine, en route to Christ. Since they’re closer to Him than I am, it actually makes even more sense for them to pray for me, than for my earthly friends to pray for me. Let me explain more…

It’s important to explain that there are different types of prayer. Prayer to God includes worship. Prayer with Mary and the saints includes honor, but not worship. 

Meditation- Many people are confused about what “mediation” really is and quote something like 1 Timothy 2:5– speaking about how Christ is the only Mediator between man and God (which the Catholic Church agrees with, by the way). But mediation in a more general sense is any one of us praying for or with each other. This is what St. Paul encourages in the four verses immediately preceding that verse about Christ as the one mediator (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Prayers on our behalf to Christ by either saints living in Heaven, or friends living on earth would be called a secondary mediation. St. Paul talks about this throughout his epistles, like in Romans 15:30-32, Colossians 1:4, 9-10 and 2 Corinthians 1:10… (want a couple more? Try Romans 10:1, and 2 Timothy 1:3). 

The saints in Heaven are alive and are perpetually in prayer. They are absolutely living in Heaven, just as you and I live, but to an even fuller extent, because they are back home with God. He is ‘the God of the living, not of the dead’ (Mark 12:26-27). Since they are far closer to God than we are (2 Corinthians 3:18), as sinful humans walking the earth, their prayers are more powerful. The saints in heaven are free of all sin, which is what hinders our prayers (Matthew 17:20, 1 John 3:22, Psalms 66:18) and they are in total, perfect union with God. We are still united with our saintly brothers and sisters (1 Corinthians 12:21-27, Romans 12:5, Ephesians 4:4, Colossians 3:15), as “death cannot separate us from Christ” (Romans 8:35-39).

As Christians we’re supposed to honor those worthy of it (Romans 12:10, 1 Peter 2:17) and the saints are absolutely worthy of it! To give honor is not the same as “adoration” which is only appropriate to give to God. It’s less a matter of praying to Mary and the saints as it is praying with or through them, to Christ. After all, the Mother of our Lord prophesied that ‘all generations will call me blessed’ (Luke 1:48). No other faith on earth fulfills this prophecy with the degree of faithfulness that the Catholic Church does. We honor Mary and the saints not because they desire it, but because they deserve it. Lastly, we are commanded to “honor father and mother” (Exodus 20:12). In honoring Mary … who was given to us as our spiritual Mother (John 19:26-27) … we follow in Christ’s footsteps and fulfill God’s command. Mary is the new Eve, perfectly obedient and mother to all the living. Christ proves this by calling Mary ‘woman’ at Cana (John 2) and upon the cross (John 19). This was not a sign of disrespect (since Jesus is sinless … Hebrews 4:16) but, rather, to demonstrate that Mary fulfills the prophecy in Genesis 3:15.The saints are literally praying harder for your salvation than any soul on earth. Pretty cool, huh?If you want to learn more about the communion of saints and the “goings-on” of prayer in heaven, check out Hebrews 12:1, 12:18-19 and 12:22-24 and Revelation 5:8, 14 and then Revelation 6:10 and 8:3-4.

And Lastly…

Catholics DID NOT “add” books to the bible. Martin Luther took 7 books out of the Bible (1 and 2 Maccabees, Judith, Tobit, Baruch, Sirach, and Wisdom, and additions to the books of Esther and Daniel.) Catholic Bibles contain all the books that have been traditionally accepted by Christians since Jesus’ time. Protestant Bibles contain all those books, except those rejected by the Protestant Reformers in the 1500’s.