Yes, I'm Still Catholic Despite Everything Going On With The Catholic Church Right Now

Yes, I'm Still Catholic Despite Everything Going On With The Catholic Church Right Now

But let me be clear, THESE MEN AND THESE PEOPLE PROTECTING THESE PRIESTS DON'T REPRESENT THE CATHOLIC FAITH.

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I have sat down and tried to write this as best as I can. A million times I found myself erasing everything because I didn't know if I would word it all correctly. I was afraid if I said something wrong my message would be disoriented and flipped. But, here I am putting my thoughts out in the open. I want to be honest and I want to be the voice for people who are still Catholic through this time. The time when the Church is fighting for a reason to have a voice when a thousand incidents have shot it down. The voice of the Church that has now got a bad reputation because of these sad and horrific incidents.

It hurts my heart to know that the Catholic Church hid a lot of things. It saddens me that so many evil things happened to innocent people that got brushed under the rug. I am angry that these men who are supposed to teach us about Jesus became men who did such unexplainable and sick things. I can't even imagine how many people have been affected, I can't imagine how people have now made the choice to leave the church, and how many people have said: "being Catholic is not worth it anymore cause look at what they are protecting."

But let me be clear, THESE MEN AND THESE PEOPLE PROTECTING THESE PRIESTS DON'T REPRESENT THE CATHOLIC FAITH. They are making this faith look so bad. It's making us and the priests, who are the people really striving to be what Jesus is calling us to be through being Catholic, look like some hypocrites. Now when walking into a church I am sure many people second guess the priest and question the whole faith that they grew up knowing. The Catholic Church is supposed to be the safe place.

If I can speak for me and many other Catholics, we don't accept and applaud what these priests did. As much as they accepted the call of priesthood they did damage that can't ever be explained. They did something I don't stand for and I know other Catholics don't stand for. I think these priests deserve the consequences. These people who were sexually abused and were stripped of every last truth and hope from their faith they deserve to feel every emotion. It's not easy though to just "go back to the Catholic faith."

As a Catholic, I think the one thing I learned from this is that evil is so close and can come breaking in to destroy. It can make something so strong be so broken. And that is what the Catholic Church has become... it has become broken. I don't blame the people who question everything now and stopped trusting.

As much as I wish I could wrap them in my arms and say "come back we need you" what do you say to people who were traumatized by someone who is supposed to be respected and someone to guide us more closer to Christ? Then to make it worse, you had the Church do nothing and tried to just tell you to keep your mouth shut. It breaks my heart to know that these people are probably doubting everything and have lost that relationship that our soul longs for.

In this time I've had many people continue to ask me why I am still Catholic. I even have had people say that I should switch religions because mine is so horrible. I am more welcomed at another church that would never have something like this happen. new flash: This could've happened to any religion, any church. Of course, since the beginning, the Catholic Church was ALWAYS looked at as the Church that was "too strict" and many of other things. Of course, it is targeted and this made the hole even bigger and disastrous.

My version of being a young woman who is Catholic is not the definition of what the Church made happen. Jesus still is working through my faith, still making beauty to help mend what has been revealed. Being Catholic to me is not protecting priest who sexually abused innocent human beings and the Archdiocese covering it up. As a young woman who is Catholic, I know that through this the best thing we need is to come together and pray for all that has happened and is continuing to happen. Being Catholic in this time is like going to a battle and having a million reasons of hurtful words and or questions of why being thrown at you at once.

I will continue to be Catholic because it's made such a huge positive impact on my life.

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You Are NOT Enough

We will never be enough, but God is always more than enough.

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Society and even the church seem to constantly encourage us with the saying "You are enough," and their intentions behind this statement are totally innocent. Something about this phrase has always bothered me, though, but I never understood why. In a sermon I heard one Wednesday night a week or so ago, the verses Proverbs 30:7-9 were used, and these verses stood out to me in a big way.

Proverbs 30:7-9

7 "Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, 'Who is the Lord?'
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

The speaker was specifically focusing on verses 7-8, but the Holy Spirit kept drawing me to verse 9, even days and weeks after. So I decided to dig into it. This verse focuses on Agur (the speaker in the passage) and his tendency to sin. When he asked God to provide "only [his] daily bread," and then when he continued on to speak about the specific sins he was afraid of committing, Agur was completely and wholly surrendering his struggles with temptation and sin to God, because Agur knew he couldn't do it on his own.

Aren't we all like Agur? Because we are human, we mess up all the time and fall into sin more than we would like to admit, and many times because of this, we fall into guilt and shame. This is because, on our own, we aren't enough. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't sin. If we were enough on our own, we would be able to save ourselves. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't need God. But none of those statements are true, are they? In fact, it is the exact opposite because God is enough, he calls us out of sin. Because God is enough, He sent Jesus to save us from our sin. Because God is enough, He is with us in every situation because we call to Him.

How do we know that we aren't enough? Because no one is!

Every human sins, even great heroes of faith. David, one of the most well-known biblical figures: the one who killed Goliath and one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, said in Psalm 51:5--

Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

The beauty in realizing that you aren't enough on your own is that you don't have to be! Never in the Bible does God call us to be "enough!" He never expected us to be enough because it is impossible. God does call us to depend on Him, though. This is because God is ultimately more than enough. When we depend on God to help us keep away from sin and put in the work necessary to keep away from sin, it will be much easier. We will never be enough, but if we continuously search for our identity in worldly things and not Christ, we will be upset when we realize that we are not enough. Guess what, though, when we find our identity in what Christ says about us, we will find peace and hope because just like 2 Corinthians 12:9 says:

9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

God is the only one who is enough. When we depend on God for everything we will begin to see that HE is enough, and that's all we need.

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7 Of The Most Influential Women In History Who Left Their Stamp On The World

In honor of International Women's History Month, here are seven of the most influential women in history who left their stamp on the world in today's society.

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These are the women who made put the foundation to make our present and future possible. Even today, they still continue to inspire other young men and women. In honor of international women's history month which lasts from March 1st through the 31st, here are seven of the most influential women in history.

1. Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks is a well known African American female who refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. As a result of her actions, she was arrested which led to a nationwide campaign boycotting city buses in Montgomery.

Her brave actions played a very important role during the civil rights movement that eventually led to the end of bus segregation. Rosa Parks was given the nicknames "The First Lady Of Civil Rights" and "The Mother Of Freedom Movement".

2. Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was a former slave and abolitionist who escaped from her plantation to lead other slaves to freedom using the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses that led to the northern states. She dedicated her whole entire life to helping others slaves escape who wanted freedom too. Harriet Tubman also led a secret life as a former spy during the war helping the Union Army.

3. Madame C.J Walker

Madame C.J. Walker whose real name was Sarah Breedlove, an African American, who became a self-made millionaire and entrepreneur. In fact, she was considered the wealthiest African American businesswoman in 1919.

She created her own wealth by developing and selling her hair care products. Madame C.J. Walker stumbled upon her wealth when she tried to find a product that would help with her scalp disorder which made her lose the majority of hair.

This is when she began to experiment with home remedies and store bought hair treatments which inspired her to help others with their hair loss after she saw significant improvement in her hair. She also was a very generous person who helped her community by giving to those less fortunate.

4. Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King was an American activist and writer alongside her husband, the world famous, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who fought for civil rights through peaceful protest. She supported nonviolence and women's rights movements.

After her husband's assassination, Mrs. King assembled and established an organization called "The King Center" in memory of her husband who believed in non-violent social change. She also led the petition to have her husband's birthday become a federal holiday which was eventually successful.

5. Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony, a Caucasian female, was a suffragist and civil rights activist. She campaigned against slavery and fought for women to be given the right to vote.

Her role definitely played a vital part in providing for the preparations for laws in the future for women rights. She worked with Elizabeth Cady Stanton to create the America Equal Rights Association (AERA) in 1866.

6. Daisy Bates

Daisy Bates was an African American activist and in 1952, she became the president of the NAACP in Arkansas. As a mentor who played a key role in helping to integrate the school system in Arkansas, she wanted to end segregation and helped do that with the introduction of the Little Rock Nine.

The Little Rock Nine was nine African American students who were enrolled in Little Rock Centeral High School, but the governor of Arkansas refused their admittance. In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled segregation in schools were unconstitutional; however, African American students were still being denied in all white high schools.

In 1957, history was made when Daisy Bates helped nine African American students known as the Little Rock Nine to become the first African Amercians to attend an all white high school.

7. Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was a former slave in Mississippi, African American journalist, and a leader in the civil rights movement in its earlier years. Ida was born in 1862 to parents James and Elizabeth Wells.

In 1892, she began an anti lynching campaign after three African American men were abducted by a mob and then subsqequently murdered. She was a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also known as NAACP.

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