My fiancé has 5 very religious sisters and because I’m not religious at all (atheist, but not disrespectful to those of faith), they like to tell me and him that I’m going to hell. They also like to talk about how i don’t respect their religion when I don’t pray with them, even though I am standing silently. My fiancé tells them that I do respect it since I don’t bad mouth it at all. They’ve even called him up 3 days before Christmas (and my mother was in the hospital) and talked about how I’m sending children we have yet to have to hell. Christmas is the BIGGEST deal to them. They prepare for Christmas months in advance.
So a few weeks ago, I was reading books about Judaism, to which they ask if I have decided to convert. I say yes and tell them I’m going to be orthodox, and that their brother and I have decided that when we have kids we will be raising them Jewish, and celebrating Chanukah instead. They go crazy at him saying “Sky can’t do that to us” and how they are going to ignore any celebrations that we have when we have kids and just give them Christmas presents. I just sat there and looked upset while my fiancé gets madder and madder. He looks at them and says “If you want her to respect your religion, then you need to respect hers. Especially since she hasn’t said anything about how you much it hurts when you attack her.” They all went white and shut up really quickly.
Best part is that I was just doing research for a class I’m taking. I just said it because I knew my fiancé would call them out really quickly for hypocrisy.
about the thing Kira did…. Ill tell you later, but Its like the middle of the night over here… Come back sometime later, and I can tell you (if youre still interested : )
edit: Ok. I reeeallyyyy want to tell you guys the truth, but Its better if you follow the blog yourself….. And see what she writes. About others and her followers. Then you may see some of the reasons why. But I only risk Getting her minions more butthurt. So its better if I stop now with my head held high ^^ Butthurt is painful, and I dont want to wish that upon anyone O.O
The theological virtue of hope is the patient and trustful willingness to live without closure, without resolution, and still be content and even happy because our Satisfaction is now at another level, and our Source is beyond ourselves. We are able to trust that he will come again, just as Jesus has come into our past, into our private dilemmas and into our suffering world. Our Christian past then becomes our Christian prologue, and “Come, Lord Jesus” is not a cry of desperation but assured shout of cosmic hope.
Richard Rohr, Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent
If you celebrate Christmas, you can probably relate to the fact that there is so much pressure to have a perfect, sparkly Christmas morning. And those of us with young children know that amongst all the sparkle, come the over-tired, overwhelmed, over-excited tears. Here are a few things I’ve found to be helpful in navigating the chaos and minimizing the tears. THE NIGHT BEFORE… Before you…
Today is our second week preparing for Advent. We will work on opening our hearts to the love of Christ so that we can celebrate his birth with the right mindset. We will do that through an intense class focusing on twists and backbending poses. The twists allow us to go deeper into backbends. And the backbends allow us to symbolically and physically open our hearts and make space for our Savior. Although we seem to only physically open our hearts, make no mistake… Human bodies are symbiotically connected and opening our hearts physically creates a psychological response. Body psychotherapy is a field of Psychology that has studied this body-mind connection for many years.
My hope is that this class will open your hearts so that you may know the hope to which Jesus has called you - his inheritance - as we are children of God (Ephesians 1:17-18). Your heart is where Christ wishes to dwell. He wants you to experience his love and connect to his full Glory and Grace.
What expectations and demands of life can you let go of so that you can be more prepared for the coming of Jesus? – Fr Richard Rohr, Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent
When I look beneath the ease with which I approach most days and most interactions, I can see dark veins of expectation ready to entangle and distract me from a true path of understanding. When sincerity is met by sarcasm, when an attitude of openness is shut out by cynicism or mutual frustration, or with some other unexpressed preconception is revealed, these encounters with an Other can shake my confidence, both in myself and in the Love that we all share, leading me to despair and selfish hatred.
When I let go of demands on how I expect the Other to behave, then I can be more open to how she or he will revel themselves, and in that moment, I can be more open to the revelation of the Divine in each interaction, in myself and in the other.
Gracious Universe, Architect of All Dimensions, in this time of darkening skies and of the anticipation of the Light, grant me the grace to accept each exchange as it is and to not cloud my interactions with petty egocentric needs.
“Christmas is drawing close, and we should take time to pause and relish the wonders of this season. Though our neighbors may not realize it, their Christmas lights point us to Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. Their decorations remind us that Jesus Christ has beautified us with His own holiness and purity.
Soon enough church decorations will go back into storage and our lives will return to normal. Now is the time to bask in the glory and wonder, especially as we approach the soft, warm, wonder of Christmas Eve, and the joyous celebration of our Savior’s birth Christmas morning. Why not plan to spend those special hours with your family in Christ, coming to His house to remember and celebrate His birth for you?
It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. ~W.T. Ellis Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: ~ Luke 1:68-70 for the Director of Music I felt the star…