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Faithbook Karla

Thrust upward by the impulse of grace, the huma soul lifts itself daringly toward God. Author unknown

How Do You Imagine God?
God in America and USA WEEKEND Magazine are partnering to explore Americans' images of God.

How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I wish I could be more mature and sophisticated about this, but to me God is a great loving Father who lets me climb inot his lap. Maybe that is becasue myfather wasn't around when I was little. but it is an image that works well for me.
How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I wish I could be more mature and sophisticated about this, but to me God is a great loving Father who lets me climb inot his lap. Maybe that is becasue myfather wasn't around when I was little. but it is an image that works well for me.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator ...that God dotes on me. I think S/He is mightily amused by my struggles and sufferings and my joys and successes, shich S/He can enjoy fromn the perspective of someone who knows how the story is going to turn out in the end.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator On a cruise through French Polynesia. I went up to the bridge for "star gazing." When everyone else had gotten tired of the technical terms and I was left alone, I looked at that big night sky with all its stars, and they became the face of God for me. I looked at Him. He looked at me and we were happy.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Some years ago, I had chemotherapy and had a really hard time of it. I couldn't walk for awhile and I just didn't know if I would ever get back to a normal life. There were times I wished I would die.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator everything to me. It is my "Divine Millieu", the sea I swim around in. A great part of my life is taken up with activities and thoughts about my faith and how it sustains me.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that we Catholics are very rigid and dogmatic. Some are, the ones who haven't had much formation, but most of the Catholics I know that had some training past elementary school are very flexible, while remaining adherent. They just aren't sheep and think things through for themselves. 1 person liked this
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that I can come in the name of the Lord, and that now, as Teresa of Avila writes, I am Jesus' hands and feet and voice doing his work in the world. 1 person liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that Jesus was Catholic, becasue since he started the religion I was in, how could he be anything else?
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator fulfilling, an adventure, the part of my life I am most proud of and the ground that has supported me through many sufferings.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a Roman Catholic in the '50s. All I knew until I was at least havlf way thorugh high school was the Baltimore Catechism. After Vatican II, i was able to receive a new vision of my faith and was fortunate enough to meet people who nurtured me in my learning and experience.
Are your beliefs or practices different from your parents? If so, how and why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My father was a non-observant Jew and my mother Irish Catholic. She knew approximately nothing about her faith, didn't go to Catholic school, I suspect didn't have more than the basic training to get her to first communion and confirmation, if that. She also did not get the changes that swept the Church after Vatican II. However, the priest who baptized me told her to raise me a good Catholic. She took that to heart and saw to it that I went to Sunday school and had released time classes when I went to Brooklyn Friends School. The scope of a fully Christian life of discipleship was just beyond her.
If you have children, did becoming a parent change your relationship to faith? If so, how? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't have any children. But I do have very strong ideas about how children should be raised in relation to their faith.

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My faith is something I practice at all times. Not that I get it right all the time or even mujch of the time, but I try. As a CAtholic, I attend Mass on 'sunday adn holydays of obligation. I have a spiritual director, I have gone on retreats and I take an interest in what is written about faith. i have also been a sponsor for someone completing initiation as a Catholic, and welcomer for a catechumen.
Does your family practice more than one religion or faith? If so, how do you blend the traditions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I have no family geographically nearby, so I practice without outside input.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It is only difficult in that I never get it right enough. I do not feel in anyway the victim of prejudice, although I know it is there. I handle that by being knowledgeable about my faith so I can answer any questions that may arise at any time.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a cross that was a gift from my goddaughter.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "Be not afraid, I go before you always, come follow me and i will give you rest." A song we sing at Mass form time to time, and another one, "On Eagles' Wings"--"he will bear me up on eagles' wing, bear me on the breath of dawn make me to shine like the sun and hold me in the palm of his hand.'

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Published October 11, 2010

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