Religion, politics should not be discussed among friends
I can remember a very long time ago that I was told not to discuss religion and politics among friends. Your opinion is not always in agreement with everyone elses. As a matter of fact, I was told that on an interview I had for my very first job. Did I listen well? Evidentally not.
My last article posted in the PA News was on religion. Needless to say, I received a few comments from this article. They were all negative. I guess I really screwed up.
Honestly, there was something taken in the wrong context. I was feeling so good about getting back into the groove of going to church again; that I did not realize I worded some things opposite from what I meant.
To begin with, I am a Catholic and do love my religion. I know the difference between other religions and Catholicism. I am in no way changing my religion. But, it did sound like it in the last article. It also hurt others feelings at some of the remarks I made about the Catholic religion. I will say that I am truly sorry for this. It came across exactly opposite from how I meant it.
I was brought up, from day 1, in the Catholic religion. All of our beliefs were passed on from our ancestors. My Dad and Mother made sure we had a very strong background in our religion. We continued to pass this on to our children.
I mentioned that I knew everything by memory of the worship service of the Catholic church. I feel good about this because it shows that I did get something out of my learnings. Catholics do stand together and uphold their religion.
I have recently been attending another church of another religion with my daughter and her family. I have enjoyed their service, as well. This is a Baptist church. I have not gone to the Catholic church, since I have been here. But, I plan to.
I have been in Plano for about a month now. I do not drive around much because it is very easy to get turned around. When I get to know the area a little better, I will drive myself to the Catholic church that is closest to where I am staying. For now, I am excited to be able to worship somewhere to have God in my life. I learned a lot more about the Baptist religion. I do understand their teachings, but not all of them. They are definitely different from the Catholic teachings. I am glad I had this opportunity to visit the services of the Baptist church.
I did overdo on bragging about the Baptist church I attended in my article. I had never seen anything such as this. All that I know is that the Catholic and Baptist religions are different in every way. The only thing that is alike is the God we adore and praise.
I would never say anything derogatory about the Catholic church. Lord help me, this is my belief. I said things in my last article that led to some of you questioning what I meant. I will say I am sorry for this. I read this over a few times and could see how upset some of you could have been about it.
I said we have choices of which church we attend. This is true. I will repeat myself by saying visiting other churches was not an option when I was younger. We were not allowed to do so. Times have changed regarding religion.
I do not know anything I can put into words that will clear up the misunderstanding of my last article. Except, that I am a true Christian. I believe in God and respect the Catholic religion. I am not changing religions now or never.
Thank you for all the responses to the last column. This is the only way that I know I got it wrong. Also, I see that you are reading what I have to say. I hope this will clear up my standings.