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I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when I feel it not. I believe in God even when he is silent.

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 When I imagine God, I don't focus on how He/She looks....I think more about the feeling I believe I would have if I were with God...and I imagine it as an all-encompassing feeling of love, warmth, goodness, light and acceptance.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that God loves each and everyone one of us as if we were the only one He created....I believe He wants all of his children to be happy, loved and healthy....I believe He made us all different because we are all special, and He doesn't care if we are gay, straight, Muslim, Catholic, black, white, etc, but He is concerned about how much love we have for each other and how much we help and support one another....
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that I personally feel that I don't have to go to church to feel or be spiritual....I can be just as spiritual in my home or outdoors as I can in church, probably even more so....being spiritual means that I am connected to God and that I try to treat others the way God would want me to treat others: with love and compassion....being spiritual also means that I never stop trying to better myself, so that I can be what others need me to be....
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my mom...she is in heaven now, and I miss her everyday....she was kind, fair, calm, loving, giving, a great listener and the best teacher I had. A close second is my sister, who has many of the same qualities as my mom and who I can always count on to be there for me. Both of these women are beautiful, inside and out! I consider my children my role models, too....I admire both of my children....my son is quiet and kind, he doesn't say anything negative about others or gossip....my daughter is creative, strong, and compassionate...
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that Jesus died for me, so that I may have eternal life...

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in God and that He loved me...when I was a volunteer Religious Ed teacher, we were told that children who had loving fathers usually were usually able to have a good concept of God because of their own loving father...I believe that was true in my experience because I was lucky to have a very loving and good father....
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator mostly smooth....my goal on this journey is to keep learning and trying my best to be the best version of me...
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a Catholic and even though I don't consider myself a practicing Catholic, I still embrace some of the traditions I grew up with (receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday, fasting on Fridays during Lent) because I choose to, and they are ingrained within me!
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 I feel that my beliefs are very similar to my parents beliefs: they were both Catholic, we went to church regularly growing up, and that's how I raised my kids, also. Once I was an older teen, our family didn't attend church regularly, and the same thing happened with my kids, too....my parents continued to believe in God, they just didn't attend church, and I am the same....

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 I mainly practice my faith in my daily life: I try to be loving, kind and supportive to family, friends and people I encounter...
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Living my faith is fairly easy if I stay connected to God....when my ego tries to get in my way, it is more difficult!

Religion & the Public Square

Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, I think dialogue between those of different faiths is very important...I think we tend to jump to the conclusion that other faiths are very different, but we need to find common ground within different faiths and work together for the good of all.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, I feel comfortable about discussing how I feel about my faith if someone expresses an interest. I'm not the type of person to bring up my faith out of the blue and/or try to convince someone that my faith is the 'right' and only one/way. I feel that people need to find out for themselves what faith/religion works for them, but I also feel that parents need to bring their children up with some sort of faith/religion.
Do you feel that you have a duty, because of your faith, to put your beliefs into action? What are some of those actions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, I do feel that it's my duty to put my beliefs into action because I feel that we are to be hands and feet of Jesus on earth.

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