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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 believe in a higher power I call "God" that is an all loving and forgiving spiritual being. I believe "HE" created heaven and earth and all beings and things in the Universe. I believe that he did send his son, Jesus to be among us to teach us about God, and Heaven and life after death, in an image of us to make it easier to understand. 1 person liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator In a higher power I call "God" who created Heaven and Earth, and all beings and things in it. I believe HE is an all loving God, that is all forgiving. 1 person liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I was touched by what I believe was the holy spirit in my very early years, and I knew there was a higher power that helped shape my destiny. I felt a "calling" to become a nurse, as if I was being spoken to, and I knew I would be guided to that goal. 1 person liked this
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't think I have had a moment of doubt that there was a higher power. I have doubted my faith numerous times, (Roman Catholic) and still do, but I do believe in God, and never have doubted that 1 person liked this
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I am comfortable knowing there is nothing to fear of death. I have a deep spiritual belief that there is something after death. I look for the beauty in all things, and I believe that it is given to us daily by God 1 person liked this
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Catholic Church has so many "man-made" rules that they are so hard to follow, and they are so misguided in many ways, it's disheartening. They preach to love all, and tolerate everyone, yet they have no place in the faith for divorcee's (unless you get an anulment) and how many Catholics attend church who are divorced and remarried? (they can not get re-married in the Catholic church again, unless they get an anulment). They have no place for gays or lesbians, but what does that say about tolerance? Yet, in a town over from mine, there is a Catholic church that accepts gays gladly in their parish! What does that speak of about the institution of the Catholic Church? I don't believe these are God's rules, but mans. It is wrong. I could go on and on about birth control and many more things that the older God fearing Catholics don't follow, yet they still attend Church, for fear of Hell, (the old way they were taught). I don't follow half of the teachings of the church, but I am content with how spritual I am, and I feel I am faithful to God. 2 people liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I think Mother Theresa of Calcutta, because of the works she did for the poor. She was an amazing woman, and did much with very little. I believe that she died in the Shadows of the death of Princess Diana because the world was so shocked at Princess Diana's death, that there was hardly any fanfare for Mother Theresa, or news coverage, and that is what she wanted, and probably what she prayed for. Her death was very close to Princess Diana's, and I remember thinking, wow, even in death, she was a humble sole! 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 I believe the community of worshipers gathering in one place, having a place to pray is powerful and gives a sense of guidance and strength. 1 person liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The same as I do now, except I didn't care to go to church as much, because we HAD to attend with my parents, and we had no choice in the matter. I believed in God, the church, angels, Jesus, and life after death 1 person liked this
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator ever changing. I have grown stronger spiritually as I have gotten older. I find peace in simple things as gifts from God. It's like that saying, "Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to Thank" I am grateful for everyday. 1 person liked this
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a practicing Catholic 1 person liked this
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, both my parents were brought up as Catholics and raised me and my brother and sister the same way. I still attend the same Church I attended when I was born.
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 No, we raised our children as Catholics in the Catholic faith, both went through the sacraments of Baptism, reconcilliation, and Confirmation, but once they made their Confirmation they both decided to stop going to Church because they believe there are too many man-made laws, that the Catholic Church is corrupt, and they do not find any peace or spiritual enlightment when going to Church. They still believe in God, and are spiritual, and they tell me they pray, but they won't go to Church. 1 person liked this

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 Everyday I try to be a good person and help others, which I believe was the message of Jesus. I go to church weekly every weekend, but there are some weekends when I miss a mass, and I am not upset or fear Hell because I miss. 1 person liked this
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, but I wouldn't be opposed to it.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I find it easy because my faith and spirituality is comforting to me. 1 person liked this
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The way we live our daily lives. We try to do chariy work, donations, practice our faith daily with silent prayers, blessings at dinner 1 person liked this
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Passion of Christ probably is most representative of how I perceive the Catholic faith to have been the days Jesus walked the earth.

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 separate. That's another reason my children left the church. The priests preach on who to vote for during their surmons to get the catholic agendas through, such as pro-life. They ask for money to cover movements that are politically motivated, there should be a separation of religion in politics, EXCEPT, leave the money like it is, in God we trust...it's been that way since it was printed, let it stand.
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 It should be an elective course for children to take if they are interested. 1 person liked this
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 Same thing, it should only be taught as works of literature in a religious class IF it is an elective class that the student chose to take. I love other religions, and I studied many of them as I taught my confirmation classes for six years and introduced my religious students to many different religions during their course of study to show them that the Catholic church is not the only way, or the only "right" way, but to be tolerant and accepting of all.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator For the same reasons I wrote in the answers above.
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, if it's an open crowd talking about religion, and not at work, where politics and religion should not be brought up. I find other religions very interesting.
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, be grateful daily, be charitable, be helpful to others. (I donate to our local food shelter, soup kitchen, a home for unwed and pregnant teens, am a Eucharistic minister of communion, I go in to work to do emergency eye surgeries, on call 24/7 without pay, but most importantly, I don't discuss this, because charity is not charity if you have to blow your own horn!
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No, separate entities.
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 9/11 had a profound impact on the Nation as a whole. I believe we came together with vigils and prayer, and every year on the anniversary, we still remember with vigils and prayers. I have always been interested in learning about other religions, and in the right place I am very comfortable expressing my religious beliefs, but never in an argumentive tone.

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Published October 11, 2010

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