This blog definitely is not focused on either politics or religion as the primary interest that draws us together. Actually, what I have found is that one area where people do not want to be told what to believe, is religion. I find that most everyone has a belief about religion and God, even if that belief is that there is no higher power, and that we are here and then gone. Those that are spiritual have a deep belief about religion and spirituality that defines them, and I find it is best to respect each individual and their own religious path. It is not something to argue about; we must pursue our own path to our best self. No one else can define that for us. I call myself spiritual, not religious.
I don’t even know how that phrase is defined. I was raised in an Irish Catholic family, and my mother’s family lived their entire lives in Catholic Chicago. We went to church on Sunday, were baptized, confirmed, didn’t eat meat on Friday, went to a Catholic school, and viewed religion and God as important. Mortal sin, venial sin, heaven, hell, purgatory. Those were definite concepts that have questionable meaning to me at this point in my life. Are there still grades of sin? I thought purgatory was eliminated as an option, and it was either heaven or hell?
I don’t really know the answers to those questions. I haven’t attended a Catholic Mass in decades, but the solemnity of the occasion stays with me. The church dialog of the time seems awkward now and I cannot accept the Church’s views on birth control and am appalled by their handling of the rampant sexual abuse of children. Today, I prefer New Age spiritual services.
I like the New Age thought for that very reason. It espouses contemporary views, and accommodates all beliefs in terms of formal religion. Additionally, there is no judgment of others but just an acknowledgement that your purpose on this earth is to mind your own soul, and not to navigate for anyone else. Whatever your religious views, it is important that they work for you, to meet your needs and to serve your mind, body, spirit and soul as you proceed on your journey. How does religion define you? What is important to you in terms of a religious practice?