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You have created us for Yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in You. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when God comforted me in my time of despair.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when I thought I was going to lose my brother to atheism.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a lot to me.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that it's not Christian.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Saint Augustine, amongst others. There's too many to mention.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that God's grace alone allows us entry into heaven.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that God was a strict God.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a rollercoaster.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a Roman Catholic.
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 No.

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 try practice my faith faithfully, to the best of my ability.
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 No.
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 easy in that I have the support of my family and friends. The difficulty lies in keeping it consistent when they're not around, or when others question my faith.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my altar.

Religion & the Public Square

What should be the role of religion in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The role of religion in politics must be consultative.
Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. Religion is equally significant in non-Christian circles and an understanding of a faith systems allows everyone to be enlightened on why others believe in a higher power. A decision always needs information in order for it to be well-rounded.
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. They are also an excellent source of ethics, moral wisdom, and basic civic values.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, it is very important to communicate and articulate one's beliefs in order to achieve an understanding of the other. This erases ignorance, lessens tensions, and allows for unity (not uniformity).
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 am. Because I am confident in who I am in the light of my faith.
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. Faith in action is a great way to preach. For example, helping the poor and disenfranchised, advocating Christian values, and "walking the talk" in the way I live.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator In essence, and not intentionally, politics can stain religion thus compromise occurs. It boils down to how the politicians govern. If government oppresses those whom they rule... or if government becomes the puppet of any and every minority... it is a very dangerous mix.
Has 9/11 had any impact on your thoughts about religion? Are you more/less interested in learning about other religions? Do you feel more/less comfortable expressing your religious beliefs? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No. 9/11 made me fully aware of how people who lose hope in their God, in however way, can become desperate and act in regretful ways. I do not think 9/11 was a religious issue alone. It stems from somewhere deeper.

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Published October 11, 2010

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