where can i join this church

allez-argeiphontes  asked:

My eyes lit up when you mentioned Quaker post-WS Bucky... any headcanons you feel like sharing? I'm from a Quaker background and I feel it influences so much of my (and my family's) thinking but it's hard to articulate because the past two generations have been non-religious and haven't framed it that way. But their tolerance and non-violence definitely feels Quaker to the core. It's ok if you don't feel like sharing, I just don't come across many Quaker-identified ppl and you've made me think..

oh my god. So this is the ask of my dreams and I’m gonna get WAY in depth here because I have a lot of feelings.

first and foremost, I have to rec from winter, a boundless spring by @notcaycepollard because it features quaker!Bucky who is soft and gorgeous (just like the fic). Also, Vanessa is a member of Quaker Club along with me and @yawpkatsi and now you if you want to be!! Join us, we are small in numbers and (thanks to me and lisa) high in kinks. 

Second, I’m used to people not knowing what being a Quaker is all about, so I’m going to just provide a teeny bit of info. The Quaker religion, like many religions, is different everywhere you go. I grew up in the old, Philadelphian Quaker church. Rumor has it that the Californian Quakers even have guns. Quakers believe in non-violence and passivity to the point where it can actually be harmful. My mother used to tell me to ‘turn the other cheek’. I am just recently unlearning that but I still to this day have a problem watching/ being exposed to lots of violence (the marvel movies are about as hardcore as I can get). Quakers also never posses or own weapons of any kind, even child’s toys. As a child I was not allowed to even play with a water gun. 

So let’s bring post-WS Bucky into this. 

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New World | Shadowhunters x Harry Potter *Cross-Over*

Request: Harry Potter and shadow hunters crossover where your Luke’s daughter and Sirius’s or Remus’s cousin / niece and they come to visit with everyone else and they all find out about the shadow world well except for whoever you choose to be her cousin / niece type thing yeah and it’s female Reader x Izzy - Anon

A/N: MASTERLIST

Pairing: Reader is Sirius’ niece and Izzy Lightwood’s girlfriend

Word Count: 643

Warnings: None

Tags:@crazychick010 @publicities @harishaanne @deadorphanthrones @xloudwhocares@moomoobearxx @dunkirkc@theamuz @casismyguardianangel @taco-unicorn15 @notwhatiseem @zuni21798@publicities 


“Hey kid.” Sirius said as he patted your back. You smiled at him and continued texting your girlfriend Izzy. As Sirius saw you smiling at your phone, he came closer to you to take a closer look at your phone.

“What’s so funny Y/N?” He asked in a serious tone. His eyes looked down at your phone, scanning the small font. “Izzy? Who is she?”

You quickly covered your phone and looked up at your uncle. His eyes shone in the faint light of the room and his smile gave you comfort. “Well… she’s my long-time girlfriend. Surely you’ve heard me talk about her.” Sirius shook his head.

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“Well, can I at least see a picture of this ‘Izzy’?” You removed your hand from your phone and showed him a picture with the two of you smiling together at the Institute. “Where is there?” Sirius asked as he gestured at the background.

“That’s the Institute. Izzy is a Shadowhunter.” You explained but Sirius was still lost. “Shadowhunters hunt demons. They have a Valentine and you have a Voldemort. Shadowhunters are these angel warriors created by the angel Raziel.”

“Have you been to this ‘Institute’ lately?” Sirius asked as he pulled a chair from the table and sat down in front of you. “I went yesterday to visit her.”

“Oh.” Sirius looked down.

“What? You want to go and pay a visit?” Sirius’ head shot up and he smiled widely. “Umm…well…if I’m going to meet my niece’s girlfriend I need to know what-” Sirius was cut off shortly when Remus, Tonks, Molly and Arthur barged in the kitchen. “Go where?” Remus asked.

Sirius looked at them then back at you. “You want to tell them?” He asked. You slowly nodded. “I’m going to the Shadow World to visit my girlfriend and uncle Sirius here wanted to tag along. You guys want to come?”

“Wait, what is the Shadow World?” Arthur asked. “I’ve never seem to hear this at the Ministry.” Fred, George, Harry, Ron, Ginny and Hermione decided to join in the conversation.

You let out a small laugh. “If they knew about the Shadow World, they’d do whatever they can to butt in. No offense Arthur.”

“None taken. I agree with you Y/N. So where is this’ Shadow World?” He asked.

“We need a port key. It’s far away. New York.” Everyone took what they need and they rushed out the door, excited for visiting this new world.

***

“An old church? Really Y/N, is this one of your pranks?” Fred and George asked in unison.

“You are the kings of pranks and no one is going to take your place.” You said as you walked to the church. They all followed behind. As you opened the doors, you saw Izzy waiting for you. “Hey sweetheart. I see you’ve brought guests. Hi I’m Isabelle but you can call me Izzy.” Fred and George were drooling over their jumpers and so did Harry and Ron. Hermione and Ginny rolled their eyes.

“Wow…umm…this is…antique.” Izzy let out a light laugh as she lifted her sleeve, revealing the rune that led them to the Institute. It was like magic. everything was suddenly clean and in order. They could see Shadowhunters running errands.

“Welcome to the Institute.” You walked next to Izzy to see their reaction as they looked around. “This is amazing.” Fred and George walked up to Izzy, giving her a flirty look. “You know, you need someone to protect you from those demons out there. Maybe we could help.”

“Sorry boys, taken.” Izzy wrapped her arm around your neck and pulled you close to her, pressing a kiss on your cheek.

Fred and George looked over Izzy’s shoulder to see Clary. “Well hello…” They said in unison.

“Wait till they find out who her boyfriend is.”

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I was just curious what the process of converting to Catholicism is like?

It’s fairly simple, though long. When you decide you may be interested in, or wanting to join the church, you attend RCIA classes. That stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults! Usually you meet up once a week for six months or more and discuss the church. They explain all the teachings, answer any questions. It’s a time where you can decide if the Church is for you.

RCIA Ends at rhe Easter vigil where people wishing to join are baptized (if not already) and confirmed into the Church!

anonymous asked:

Hi, I was wondering how one would become a member of the church?

Hi! I’m so glad you asked.

A great place to start is mormon.org. It has basically everything you’ll need.

In order to join the church, you first need to meet with some missionaries! Don’t worry, I’m introverted and I get that inviting strangers to your house to teach you about religion can seem awkward, but I promise you they’ll be nice and understanding of all your needs. Fill out the form at https://www.mormon.org/missionaries and the missionaries in your area will get in contact with you.

If you’d rather chat online with someone first, mormon.org has a little pink box in the bottom right corner where you can talk with missionaries on the internet. Don’t be shy, ask them anything. They’ll love to help you with whatever you need.

If you want to start attending church services, mormon.org also has a tool to help you find a church building close to you. It also has a form to request a free Book of Mormon, and the missionaries will come deliver it to you. Basically, mormon.org should have all the resources you need. If it doesn’t, always feel free to ask me! I’m so happy for you. The church has brought me so much peace, joy, and purpose and I hope you feel the same.

anonymous asked:

This is kinda hard to describe, but I'll do it to the best of my abilities. I feel like I've been majorly backsliding on my faith. I recently realized I haven't been in the word in weeks, praying feels more like a chore than ever before, and doubts attack me left and right. I know God loves me and wants a relationship with me, in fact everyday I feel I need to read the word, come back, ect. But I keep procrastinating on it. And I'm so nervous to read the bible? Like I want this connection (P1)

(P2) with God and I want to love him with all my heart, but what if I don’t change or I get some kind of misconduct? By that I mean, believing the wrong idea about God and it sends me to Hell because of it. I feel like I’m going mad. I want to experience the more, I want to read the bible and love it and understand it, and I want to be secure of my faith, but it seems like I cant even read and pray consistently, so what’s the hope in me ever changing to be able to get this relationship with God?


hey, I think the first step is realizing you don’t like where you’re at. most people continue to live it up, backslide, and completely ignore it. as they do this, they begin to fall further and further away from God. but remember, God does not move. if we feel distant from Him, it’s US that moved, not Him! so this is actually so encouraging because we can be as close to God as we want to be. but we have to put in the effort, energy and time. that’s how any strong relationship works. and like any good relationship, it doesn’t happen overnight. it’s going to be difficult some days. it’s going to require you putting in more work than you want to. it’s not always easy to read the bible (for me it’s actually realllllly hard because i have the attention span of a 3 year old!). praying can be hard some days, trust me! sometimes i have to force myself to do it. but the more you make these things a habit, and do them throughout your days, the more it will become your second nature. you just gotta do it. start small! read a little each day. buy a devotional to help get you into it (I recommend “Jesus Calling”)! find a bible teaching church that you can get involved in. go to events! meet people. join a bible study. put yourself in places where you will learn about God. pray that He gives you the will and desire! we are weak my friend. we need His strength always & always! and the only thing that sends you to hell is rejecting God. you know God. you love Him (I can tell). do not let this fear overwhelm you. once saved, always saved. as long as you don’t reject Him from your life completely. praying for your relationship with Him… may it bloom into something so strong and beautiful. lots of love. x

I know I wear all black all day every day, but today is very special. As some of you may know, the Polish government is going to pass a bill to ban abortion all legally, without exception. Even if the child is deformed, if the mother isn’t going to survive, or if she was a victim of rape. This bill also includes a clause where the woman can be criminalised if she miscarries her child, under the suspicion of abortion. This kind of bill is lobbied for because of the power of the church over the government, and, me not being of age when the conservative government was elected, I could not vote to choose this style of politics. Therefore, I join #czarnyprotest to show my dissent and anger towards the puppets of the Catholic Church, and the government that attacks women specifically, even if their miscarriage is a biological process.

“recovering catholic” rant

days like today are perfect (and simultaneously the worst) for a good dose of melancholic and bitter reflections.

at least once a month it all comes back to me and I realize how different I am now than I used to be - 180 degrees change, I’d say.

and how fucking terrible I’d be if I did not have the strength and will to change.

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Gay marriage, Christianity...

From Father Angel:  Following is part of a concern written to me by a person who has questions about the Catholic Church and gay marriage. And at the heart of the concern is wondering whether or not the Catholic Church is just too stubborn? Is it possible that Catholic teaching about gay marriage should just move on, evolve, and change with the times? And if it does not change, will the Church lose those members who are gay and are not feeling affirmed by the Church?

Anon: I do believe I have a vocation. I also long to get married and have a family (with a gay partner). However, I don’t want to (become a Catholic priest and) rush to seal away my fate being single forever you know ? I do believe firmly that I’m VERY blessed to live in an age that, finally, after well over two thousand years, we have finally accepted homosexuality and gay relationships.

Fr. Angel responds: There have always been gay relationships, as in gay friends. And in the Catholic community through the years, there has been knowledge of these relationships. They were accepted up to a point where they were not explicitly labeled “homosexual” but were called “spiritual friendships” or “chaste friendships” because they focused on love, not sex.

But what you are talking about,  what you actually mean is when gay people get together and have sex, either anal, oral, or using some other way to masturbate each other. Okay, that is fine, but let’s just call it what it is—an acceptance of gay sex.  Of course, in modern society, there is an overall insistence on the person’s right to “choice,” or “reproductive freedom” or “responsible, safe sex” without any regard to whether it is moral or ethical conduct.

So, what you are asking of the Catholic Church community is not merely to accept gay friendships that are close, chaste, and committed, but to accept it when gay people get together and have sex. You are asking the Church to accept mores and conduct, approved from a purely secular viewpoint of individual rights, and absorb that into a Christian theology of the body. That is a very tall order.

By the way, just to be clear, although you euphemistically used the term “gay relationships”, we should clarify that this is not the same thing as gay love. There are plenty of gay people who have very deep relationships of love, but without having sex with each other. On the other hand, there are gay people who have lots of sex with multiple partners, or casual partners, and are happy with that, but are not doing it out of “love” in the sense of a long term commitment of sacrifice and fidelity.

Coming from the New Testament theology of Jesus, who only spoke of marriage as being between a man and a woman, and coming from a Catholic interpretation of St. Paul, who insists on the purity of the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit, I can see no reconciliation between what you are asking, and what is the Apostolic Tradition of the Church. It is not just because the Catholic Church respects Natural Law philosophy, as a framework for asking whether something is authentic human nature and therefore whether it is healthy and good for us. It is because the canon of Scripture as formulated in Church Councils does not allow for this new thinking about gay sex, without a huge evolution in nouveau exegesis.

Catholic exegetes do at times go through Greek this and Greek that, through convoluted cultural situations in 1st century Palestine and the Roman Empire, to come up with new interpretations which see the Bible as neutral on the question of gay sex. However, the vast majority of respected Catholic scholars, exegetes and theologians don’t buy it. And when they look at the view of gay sex, as developed in the primitive Christian communities, they see no acceptance of gay sex. Then, when they look at the writings of ancient Fathers, they see even more explicit and clear condemnation of gay sex with the use of “abomination” language to boot.

Bottom line, I don’t see how Catholicism could accept gay sex, and gay marriage, without totally alienating those in the Catholic Church who stand by the classic interpretations of Scripture and Tradition on this question. Even more so, in an age when Catholicism is trying to dialogue more intensely with the hundreds of millions of Christians of the ancient churches of Eastern Orthodoxy, the reversal or turnabout of two millennia of faith and Tradition would doom forever any hope of reunion with the ancient churches of the East.

Anon: I don’t want to throw the possibility of me having a relationship, marriage and family away, because what if that ends up being my vocation? In short, I don’t think I should have to choose and I don’t think while these inclinations are naturally objectively dis-ordered, that they are sinful when performed out of love like a regular straight couple.

“Out of love like a regular straight couple” is another phrase which is used often in the Catholic gay community. But let’s clarify that the vast majority of gay couples do not want to abide by the same moral teachings as a “regular straight couple” in the Catholic community.

This is the difficulty of using phrases like “performed out of love.” It sounds nice. Actually, it sounds great. In our regular marriage preparation, we tell straight couples that it is not enough to perform out of love, but that the Church opposes divorce, contraception, and the unions entered into by people who have not grown sufficiently in maturity and responsibility. And yet, my impression in these debates is that  many Catholic gay couples believe that they should have a special category, or special rules to follow, when it comes to their way of performing out of love.

The vast majority of gay couples do not want to be married. Even the vast majority of Catholic gay couples do not want to be married. If they do get married, they do not want to be told that they have to remain with that partner for life. Even though straight couples have high rates of divorce, there are even much higher rates of split up among gay couples. Furthermore, most gay couples do not wish to have children, nor do they see children as having an essential connection to marriage. For most of them, marriage is a bond of love, period. They don’t necessarily have to be faithful to that bond. They don’t necessarily have to be committed to that bond. And that bond, for the vast majority of gay couples, does not have to bring children along.

 So, in the Catholic Church, there is, and there always has been, a belief that a certain theology about sex has to be preached, if the Church is going to be the Church and be faithful to the Church core identity as Jesus established it. That means that yes, there is a firm belief in the sinfulness of sex acts which are broken off from life time commitment, from stable, mature commitments, and from the openness to life, is not a matter preached for straight couples, while gay couples get a pass.

 Thus, I don’t know how a Christian tries to reconcile gay sex, or heterosexual sex outside of marriage, with the convictions of the New Testament and with the convictions of the early Church.

 In fact, people in the early Church grew up in a Greek and Roman world where there were plenty of orgies and unrestricted sex between couples who had no intention to be together for life, to be faithful to each other, or to have children. The testimony of the early Christians, when they talk about sex, is that such behavior or mores are what they left behind when they became Christian—not what they wanted to embrace in their new life after baptism.

 To say that a person has a “vocation”  or a calling to gay marriage, or to have gay sex, goes against the Church’s conviction that God is not pleased with gay sex or with having gay sex within gay marriage. Yes, I have heard from people that Catholic theologians can now see a possibility of accepting gay sex when it is a case of a gay couple who are committed for life and open to fruitfulness, by way of adoption or artificial means of conception and impregnation. The thinking is that while the Church should see wanton hookups as wrong, there is a place for welcoming loving same sex couples who strive to have a Christian marriage.

 That would require Catholicism to completely invent itself into a new religion. It would require a completely new moral theology which simply dismisses or ignores the fact that only a miniscule number of gay couples want to get married and have a family to begin with (and therefore, why are we inventing a new theology of marriage when it does nothing to serve most of the gay community anyway?). It would also require the Church to dismiss and erase the confession of millions of Catholics, among them the great saints, who adhered to the traditional Faith and the traditional teaching about the sinfulness of sex outside of heterosexual marriage.

There are Christian communities who have reinvented themselves and invented a whole new theology to go along with their acceptance of gay sex. But my challenge, and my question is, why would I belong to a church that can say that the truth of yesterday is a falsehood today? Why would I join a church or religion where the teachings are not connected to the revelation and truth of God, which is unchanging, in order to cater to me, pander to me, and give me the name “Christian” with little of the responsibility that goes with that name? What else will that new religion say to please people? Tomorrow maybe they will be pro-abortion. The day after, maybe they will side with the government to eliminate conscience protection. Or maybe people will see through the moral relativism of such a church, and it will just eventually die off and not be an effective force for building the Kingdom of God?

Okay I’m sitting in my fave cafe in my town and there’s such a lovely community of old people who come here all the time to meet up, I’m trying to work but so far this morning I’ve heard the following

  • Three ladies complaining about not getting paid the same as the men they used to work with and loundly explaining that the times should have changed by now
  • A woman reminiscing about a great chocolate cake she made once, and how she could make it again but she’s sure it wouldn’t be the same.
  • A man walked in with a big fluffy a hat and one of the ladies exclaimed “Oh hi Jerry, I almost didn’t recognise you in that magnificent hat!”
  • A lady who was wondering how “the ordinary people feel” I’m not sure what about, but I want to know why she’s not ordinary
  • “93 is a good age, but I think 94 is better.”
  • One of the ladies, when told a friend didn’t drive: ”I wonder how she gets to Church then?!” “She walks, Nancy”
  • “Oh look, we’ve got the same bobble hat on!”
  • Every time another one of them walks in they all say hi and wave, honestly I nearly accidentally joined in
  • “I’ve GOT to get these slippers before they sell out, last year I left it too long.”
  • Gweneth was sitting with Paul and this was a cause for major suspicion
  • Honestly where can I join this club??? I need to get more involved in the local gossip mill

anonymous asked:

Furthermore it shouldn't matter if there is abuse or not. Falling out of love is something that happens. Why would you fault people for that? Why would you force them to stay in an unhappy marriage, one where there could be a lot of anger and resentment? And yes, divorce can hurt children. But trust me, there is nothing worse than your parents staying together because they think they have to for the church. Divorce is a release after that.

Hello!

It is not about faulting people. “Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate” (Mark 10:9 NABRE). Only death ends marriage. We cannot end marriage. It is a Sacrament. It is holy and it was instituted by God.

I will leave this quote here since I have already presented the option of marital counseling and explained myself in previous posts. 

As St. Thomas Aquinas said, “To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

God bless!

Ad Jesum per Mariam,

María de Fátima

Of Prayers and Churches

I’ve always wondered how churches and religions worked in Narnia, especially because the Pevensies were coming from a place where religion was a highly contested issue and Christianity was still fairly traditional. I know that Calormen has temples to Tash (or maybe that’s just a headcanon some writers have), so I thought that some place to pray in Narnia wasn’t a far off idea. I especially like the idea of Susan being the one to bring up the idea of a church, being as she is so focused on the logic and practicality of life; thus, it makes the most sense for me to have her want a church, to have a physical place to be reminded of your faith. This is also why I believe Edmund will also support her, unlike Peter and Lucy, who see no need for a physical reminder of Aslan. Hope you enjoy this!

The first Sunday after the battle at Beruna, Susan Pevensie woke up—as she always did—at dawn before she realized she had nowhere to be. She had gone over to her armoire and began looking through her jewelry box, filled with the few baubles she had been gifted in the past week. Back home, in England, she kept her cross in a tin box by her bedside table; of course, she was in Narnia now, and there was no tin box and, thus, no cross.

When she realized there would be no Sunday mass because, well, there was no church, Susan sat back down on her bed in her white nightgown. She was still a Christian even if it was war time; her mother made her and her siblings go every Sunday. Even though she wasn’t in England anymore, that didn’t mean she had to give up her faith. But, of course, there were no priests here and no churches and no communion and no mass.

So, she decided she would have her own private prayer, even if it did feel a little strange to miss Sunday mass, and knelt by her bed and began to pray. However, she hit another obstacle. Susan believed in God, as all boys and girls do: in the way that you believed in Santa because you didn’t understand faith and religion and the universe. Of course, she was no ordinary girl; while she still had no understanding of how the universe worked—she did travel to a new world a mere week before—she knew that it was far more complex than adults made it out to be, and certainly much different than the priests at church said it was. By this point, all she knew was that there was Aslan; God, like Santa, felt like a fairy tale to her, but Aslan seemed to be more than magic, more than everything really. He radiated power and love and life, as if he is the only thing that ever will be. So, because she felt more comfortable praying to Aslan than she did God, that is exactly what she did.

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anonymous asked:

I kinda want to join your church, but I'm too scared of the whole sacrificed for ascension' thing. Any tips on how to get over it?

Friend, you are not “sacrificed for Ascension”. Ascension is a process where you leave this prison world and go Home to Zeemuug.

To answer your question, however, when you are Purified then it does not matter, you don’t feel anything negative such as fear, only good things and hope for Ascension.

New Blood
The Bridge Loud ft. Lee Younger
New Blood

The family of faith that we find in our brothers and sisters in Jesus offers us a beautiful gift that is far too rare in this world: a safe space to open up, where we can be ourselves. In this hard-hitting alt-rock tour de force, worship pastor Lee Younger joins forces with The Bridge Loud to remind us of the gift our new family is.

I Want a Better Church (And the Church Is Me)

Anonymous asked:

Sometimes I get really angry at the Western-Protestant church for our consumerism in Christianity and how we base our worship services on emotional highs and raise our hands to the bridges and hooks of songs, out of emotion, and neglect the God they are being sung to.


Hey dear friend, I get mad about that, too. There’s a lot of strange fakery out there and I think people are catching on.

Here’s one thing I’d gently like to suggest, and as I have no pastoral authority with you and I’m just a stranger online, you may please feel free to dismiss what I’m saying and to disagree. I hope you will hear me with a pure heart of grace and love for you.

I absolutely believe you’re coming from a genuine place of desiring authenticity. The only thing is, I wouldn’t want that to make you run the opposite way against a certain subculture or a group of people, as if “I’m not gonna be like those Christians” is going to help. I can promise you with guaranteed certainty that it will not.

Consumerist Christianity is bad; emotionalism is bad; legalism and fundamentalism is bad; those are true sentiments. But at times these sincere convictions can filter the way we see all of church, so that by slow degrees we begin to think buildings are bad, programs are bad, techniques are bad, schedules are bad, and let’s not do it like those guys with big speakers and jumbotrons, and we’ll show them what it really looks like, and I’m so anti-institutional and counter-cultural, and I’m so over the plastic manufactured Sunday machine, and let’s be organic and “get back to our roots.” This is such a common temptation to every Christian that I’m sure it’s Satan’s favorite game-plan.

An over-desire to be “purist” is still idolatry. It’s exactly how Satan fractures the church so that Christians will bicker and grumble at each other instead of looking past the box and getting into the battlefield.

How would Satan divide the churches? By making us hate the packaging of the church. By making us hate materialism so much that we’d rather burn down the house than strengthen its structure. And I can tell you, many of these emotional songs and hand-raising moments and jumbo screens are not going away. In fact, they can still be used in a righteous way that would bring Christians closer and not further from the truth: because God redeems culture as much as He redeems crack addicts and criminals. There’s no extra glory for trying to worship in a garage (though I would love that, too).

We can’t get mad at the people in the church, either. There will always be hypocritical Christians who are actually infants learning how to walk, who will shop for churches based on professionalism and will act differently on Monday-Saturday: but we were like that too, and God still worked through us, and He had no contempt for the consumerism that we were still wrestling with inside, and He was there on the first lap of our faith just as much as He’s here now in our animosity.

And can I also say: there’s nothing more boring and bland than a Christian who acts like the modern church is the enemy, instead of seeing her as a friend who has lost her way. There’s nothing worse than a person who sees problems instead of a way through them. And we need grace for that guy, too.


In the end, we will either see these things with contempt or compassion. We will either look at a Westernized church with disgust and reactionary backlash, or we will see her and ask, “What can I do to help?”

Trying to fix the church with our criticism is still part of the problem and only perpetuates a Western hero-savior mentality, in which bad Christians are making bad churches and only the “True Christian Elite” can bring restoration.

I don’t buy into that narrative for a second. It’s the devil’s script. It’s too easy to be dissatisfied and discontent. It’s a false binary war where we pit cultures against each other for no other reason than pride and superiority. I’m not saying you’re doing that: but it’s worth exploring if we’re doing that. If I’m to call myself a Christian, that means I’m part of the ugly parts of the church that I dislike as well as the parts that I like, and I have to do something with both.

Jesus died for all of her and for all of you and me. And it takes a day at a time to dismantle the lies and hypocrisy and sin inside each of us: and that starts where I’m sitting before I look at anyone else.

I’m sorry that it sounds like I’m taking it hard on you. There are certainly terrible things in the church that must be stopped, immediately. But the question remains: What then? And what now? I believe your passion will be a huge element to restoring the church to her true beauty. I hope we can join each other in that good fight, with weapons of love and grace and truth, gentle as a scalpel with the force of a death-breaking power.

J.S.

We have a new member

… and are absolutely thrilled and don’t think we have to introduce Tiernan.
So he will do this by himself

Hi there, I’m Tiernan and am psyched to join the PWS crew! My main blog is mostly landscapes, where I invite folks join me as I explore the trails, woods, rivers and lakes of Southern Wisconsin and beyond… sharing my passion for nature as a place for spiritual regeneration. But I’m also into digital art, urban, portraits, and other experiments and you can see some of that in my side blog. I’ve had an on again, off again love affair with photography for much of my life, my father ‘attending the church of Ansel Adams.’ With the advent of digital photography and tumblr my passion has blossomed again. My goal has always been to seek out interesting patterns, images, shapes, and textures… to seek the strange in the familiar or to make the strange familiar.

In the unlikely case you are not familiar with Tiernan’s work, check out his outstanding photography blog tiernanogphoto with his own fantastic (mainly landscape) photos and also be sure to check his secondary photography-blog tiernanogmuse.

Welcome aboard, T! Welcome to the family!

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My dear Rebekah, I hope this finds you well. I write to offer an update and ask for your advice. Our brothers remain at odds. Klaus will never apologize, not for the blood he’s shed, nor the suffering Hayley continues to endure. And, Elijah can never forgive him. Despite my efforts, we are a house divided. Which is not to say I have no good news… Niklaus kept his word, Marcel controls the Quarter. There, he has founded a fight gym in the old St. Anne’s Church where he tests the mettle of those who wish to join his vampire community. Elijah has begun joining him for sparring. I believe it helps him work through his anger… and he has much anger. While Hope continues to flourish, it is clear she misses her mother. Though Niklaus remains the doting father, he has been of no help in finding a cure for Hayley’s curse. Despite my best efforts, I’ve yet to find the means to undo the spell placed on her and the Crescent wolves, and Hayley herself continues to struggle, unable to see her child except for one night a month during the full moon. And we’re in no position to ask for outside help… Meanwhile, Niklaus has begun to see Camille for what he calls “their little chats.” He claims a desire to amend his ways. In truth, he seems utterly free of remorse… which only drives Elijah further away. I wonder if you would write me with any advice you have on how to heal their fractured bond. Until then, I remain your loving sister Freya.

where-echoes-come-to-rest  asked:

Father Angel, I was baptized Catholic but raised Lutheran, and my church wasn't the greatest so I ended up with a lot of holes in my faith that I filled in myself, and only about two years ago did I realize that my beliefs more matched Catholicism. Over the past year I've done a lot of research and prayed over it and I believe that the Catholic church is where I should be. What would to conversion process look like for me? (i.e. how would it differ from those who weren't baptized Catholic?)

Hello,

I would recommend that you follow blogs on Tumblr where the bloggers struggle to understand the Catholic Faith, believe its teachings, and live it with joy. 

Whether you decide to remain Lutheran, or become Catholic, or join another Christian denomination, or just be an “independent,” you can count on joyful Catholics to help you and pray with you so that God’s will is done.

The journey towards Catholicism is marked with many stops along the way, to clarify, to grow, and to be patient with the Church. It is a very large denomination—Catholic priests and staffs are not always prompt to welcome newcomers, who get lost in the crowd.

Sometimes, converts have to call the local Catholic parish four or five times before someone calls them back and helps them get into an RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). If the RCIA class is finishing in the spring, the parish invites you to wait until September when the new class will begin.

Another difficulty is that Catholic scandals are always front page news. If the Pope, or a bishop, or a priest, has said or done anything that seems hurtful, or harmful, it gets lots of attention. Catholic teachings against abortion, gay marriage, embryonic stem cell research, birth control, or teachings in favor of social justice upset others. 

Within Catholic circles, there are some Catholics who like to say up front that they don’t take their faith seriously. They talk about which beliefs of the Church they accept, and which teachings they toss out. Some don’t even go to Mass. Those who regularly go to Mass fight and argue about whether or not the Church is “conservative enough” or “liberal enough.” Some of the fights are downright silly.

Then there is the problem of a lack of intimate fellowships. A Baptist friend of mine who became Catholic compared her local Baptist church to a small country store. Everyone knew her personally, asked about her when she wasn’t there, and she knew everything being offered spiritually through her little church.

When she became Catholic, she compared the Church to a Costco or Sam’s Club, which is huge with sprawling merchandise that is overwhelming and large crowds who see you as a stranger. It was kind of a shock to her that most people at Mass didn’t know who she was, and that she was a convert, If she was gone, no one asked about her. Being part of a Catholic congregation seemed a little impersonal to her.

Nonetheless, she still wanted to be a Catholic because she loved the Church’s clear doctrine and changeless Tradition dating back to the Apostles. She loved the possibilities of finding a Mass that would nourish her because there are no many rites of ceremonies. She loved the invitation to participate in the sacramental life of the Church, to have her sins absolved and to receive Jesus Christ in the riches of holy Communion.

Even though she was already baptized, her parish had her go through the RCIA program along with other adults who had not even been baptized. It was frustrating at times because she already knew so much. Still, she understood that her local Catholic parish did not have enough volunteers to offer special classes for those who were already baptized in their previous Protestant denominations.

As well as calling the office of the local Catholic community, it would also be a very good idea to follow certain blogs to see if our Faith sits well with your own ideas and whether you can accept the Catholic interpretation of Jesus’ Word as the truth. You can write to these bloggers and ask questions, or ask for prayer as well. If you decide the Catholic Faith is not for you, you can still be assured that they will wish you the best and respect your conscience. 

There are many excellent bloggers. A few that come to my mind would be:

http://theraccolta.tumblr.com/

http://by-grace-of-god.tumblr.com/

http://alwaysabeautifullife.tumblr.com/

http://acatholicvibe.tumblr.com/

http://caelumsidereum.tumblr.com/

http://greluc.tumblr.com/

http://twocrowns.tumblr.com/

http://emeraldgreentrad.tumblr.com/

http://patron-saint-of-smart-asses.tumblr.com/

http://sitlausdeo.tumblr.com/

This list is taken from the top of my head and is just a light sprinkling of the many good Catholic blogs that I have been blessed to be familiar with.

Not just you, but anyone who checks into these blogs, will find links to other Catholic bloggers as well who are grounded in their faith and are good folks. 

Whatever you decide to do in your journey toward God, please know that you are in my prayers and best wishes. Nothing in life is more difficult than seeking out the truth about God and remaining joyfully committed in that truth. Our Lord will not withhold His amazing grace as you journey. 

Finally, please accept my apology for taking so long to answer this ask. It was one of those messages in my inbox which was sandwiched in between longer messages. I’m glad I was able to finally fish it out and answer it. Perhaps other bloggers who find it will send along to you their best wishes and prayers. God bless and take care, Fr. Angel