I am a Roman Catholic -----
I could stop there, because that is what defines me. I am a child of God in full communion with the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.
However, I shall provide some background. I am a college student from the United States of America. I have Same-Sex Attractions (SSA), and this is the primary focus of my blog. I’m here providing a witness to the multitude of people who feel alienated by this cross. I’m here to show them that the love of Jesus Christ, found most fully in His Church here on Earth, is offered to them without hesitation. I’m here to bring people to Christ.
Now, I’m also discerning priesthood, so please keep me in your prayers as I do likewise pray for all my followers.
If you'd like to contact me via email, because you'd like to keep the question private, or because you'd like to go into further detail, my email is happyandcatholic@yahoo.com. I check it weekly. Any question posed to me in my Ask box will be posted.

16th September 2013

Question reblogged from DOMINUS PARS HÆREDITATIS MEÆ with 171 notes

iranianatheist said: You seem to love the bible, let me know what you think of these bible verses (Old & New Testament). Deuteronomy 22: 28-29 says Rape a virgin, then pay the father off & she is your wife, Exodus 21: 7-8 says: Sell your daughter, she becomes a slave to her master, 1 Corinthians 14:34 says: Women are not allowed to speak in Church Deuteronomy 22:20-21 says Kill Women Who Are Not Virgins On Their Wedding Night, 1 Timothy 2:12 says Women are not allowed to teach.. Now you know how much god loves you

fatherangel:

thatkliqkid-deactivated20140628:

Thanks very much for your input but I think Jesus dying on the cross tells me much more about how much God loves me. 


Hello thatkliqkid: Good answer, but let me help you out a little more in addressing the grossly inaccurate and bigoted comments addressed against the Bible and God.

Deuteronomy 22:28-29 is not speaking of rape as we define it today, but of the man who takes advantage of a young woman and has intercourse with her and then wants to dump her and take off and brag to his friends about a “conquest.” The Bible says he is to marry her and unlike other married men, he is never allowed to dump her/divorce her.

Deuteronomy 22:25 speaks of the actual crime of rape. It is to be punished with DEATH.

Exodus 27:7. Sometimes the destitute poor sold their children into slavery. Daughters of foreign tribes were carried off and the masters did whatever they wanted with them. This part of the Law commands that a Hebrew girl must be sold only to a Hebrew man. The man has a certain time to keep her and then he was supposed to marry her or give her the rights of a wife. If that time came up and he didn’t want to do that, he couldn’t just toss her on the street or sell her to a non-Hebrew but only a Hebrew family.

1 Corinthians 14:34.  Timothy 2:12. Ah yes, the favorite quotes about women not preaching nor (Timothy) having authority over men in the Church. Can we have some context please? Did you say yes? Thank you, I thought you’d never ask.

The Corinthian church had problems of disorderly outbursts (read the REST of the letter), and there were questions about the role of preaching and apostolic authority and if women were called to this office in the church assembly. People would get up, out of turn, and begin to prophesy or go on in tongues that no one could understand. It was disruptive and led to the divisions which St. Paul had to rebuke.

In the case of women, especially those who were married, it would have made for more than awkward tensions with their husbands. Because if a married woman is getting up and fighting in church, especially with another married woman, and the husbands have to defend their wives which means getting mad at other men who are telling the women to sit down and be quiet, then pretty soon you have chaos.

The Apostle in other epistles invited ALL the Christians to speak to God in psalms, hymns and inspired songs. And obviously they were speaking in tongues or interpreting them because Corinthians does not say these gifts were only restricted to men. But the tension came with exercising a priestly or apostolic function.

The Church discerned that this was not a call which women were given by the Lord Jesus. So, by saying women were not to teach or preach, or be domineering over the men in the assembly, the Church was fine-tuning its understanding of leadership within the church’s liturgy. That doesn’t mean that women did not take charge of charity, religious education, visitations to the sick, prison ministry, looking after widows or orphans, youth ministry, or even management of church finances along with their deacon husbands.

Okay, I hope this gives some context to these Bible quotes. Deuteronomy addressed a social injustice (seducing and impregnating girls and then not taking any responsibility), Exodus dealt with a fairer treatment of female slaves so that the Hebrew community would always try to look out for them (unlike foreign tribes which beat and killed them like animals), and Corinthians and Timothy is trying to alleviate some of the disorder in the church congregation that led to marital tensions (and the church was always concerned about happy marriages and stable families). God bless and take care! Fr. Angel

16th September 2013

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heckyeahorderofpreachers:

Dominican Province of Vietnam - Solemn Profession of Vows, 15 August 2013

Source: daminhvn.net

27th June 2013

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Future Battler of Pink Robots: Please keep Mother Teresa and religion out of this... →

meandmybeautifulmind:

Let me first start off by saying i am Catholic (Probably the worse Catholic on the face of the planet but Catholic none the less) and I think bringing up religion outside of church and bible study is bull. ESPECIALLY if you’re a Christian quoting mother teresa….

I’m…

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27th June 2013

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This is the same Obama who promised to close the Guantanamo Torture Prison, but did not; the same Obama who promised to tell us the purpose for Washington’s decade-long war in Afghanistan, but did not; the same Obama who promised to end the wars, but started new ones; the same Obama who said he stood for the US Constitution, but shredded it; the same Obama who refused to hold the Bush regime accountable for its crimes against law and humanity; the same Obama who unleashed drones against civilian populations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen; the same Obama who claimed and exercised power to murder US citizens without due process and who continues the Bush regime’s unconstitutional practice of violating habeas corpus and detaining US citizens indefinitely; the same Obama who promised transparency but runs the most secretive government in US history.

Source: paulcraigroberts.org

30th May 2013

Quote reblogged from Stand Up Then And Be Ready! with 133 notes

Why is Jesus the most controversial and the most embarrassing name in the world?

No one is embarrassed if you talk about Buddha, or Muhammad, or Moses. Neither Buddhists nor non-Buddhists are embarrassed to talk about Buddha. Why are almost all educated, non-fundamentalist Christians embarrassed to talk about Jesus to non-Christians, and why are almost all non-Christians embarrassed to hear such talk?

If you’re not sure my assumption is true, test it, in any secular company, or mixed company, especially educated company. The name will fall with a thud, and produce sudden silence and embarrassment. You not only hear the embarrassment, you can feel it. The temperature drops. Or rises. It never stays the same.

You might answer that Christians are embarrassed not for themselves but for others: they are embarrassed only because they are sensitive to the embarrassment they know the name of Jesus will cause to non-Christians. But that only pushes the mystery back one step: why are non-Christians so embarrassed at this name? Why is “Jesus” the most non-neutral name in the world?

Jesus talk is like sex talk. There is no neutral language for sex. All our words about sex are either “sexy” or an attempt to avoid being “sexy”. They are either (1) the ecstatic language of love, or (2) the gutter language of raunch, or (3) the tension-releasing language of the laugh (sex and religion are the two most popular subjects of jokes), or (4) the deliberately impersonal, scientific, and technological language of clinical medicine. And our words about Jesus are either (1) love-words, or (2) blasphemy words, or (3) jokes, or (4) impersonal, technical, theological words.

Jesus is a sword. He divides. You cannot be neutral about Him until you make a deliberate effort to thrust something away, something in your heart: either passionate attraction or passionate rejection of something, or at least deep embarrassment at something. Is it just at Christians? Is it at Christianity? Or is it at Christ?

Why is He history’s greatest divider? Why is He the razor edge of the round world? What does He do to you, to put you on that edge, no matter who you are and no matter what you believe or don’t believe?

— from “Jesus Shock” by Dr. Peter Kreeft (via greluc)

Source: greluc

30th May 2013

Link reblogged from MANALIVE with 37 notes

"The old mass is not to be touched" →

badwolfcomplex:

“Pope Francis rejects attack on old rite and says, ‘treasure tradition.’”

“The underlying message [from the Tavoliere bishops]: Summorum Pontificum should be cancelled, or at least strongly limited. But Francis said no.”

One thing that jumps out of the story is that the bishops of this region judged that their main pastoral priority - to be communicated to the Pope on a five-yearly visit - was to attack Summorum Pontificum. Forget abortion, embryo experimentation, the push for same-sex marriage throughout Europe, the loss of faith of many Catholics and our failure in catechesis and evangelisation. No, the really big problem is a small number of priests legitimately saying the old Mass. Given what Pope Francis has said about the danger of being a self-referential Church, I can well imagine he gave them short shrift.

See also.

Source: heartlessmuffineater

30th May 2013

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I'm Gay, but I'm Not Switching to a Church That Supports Gay Marriage →

myadventuresinoddity:

Love this quote from the article: 

In Catholicism God knows, loves, and forgives you, no matter what; your own opinion of yourself is interesting but irrelevant.

An article by (celibate) gay Catholic Eve Tushnet.  I don’t know if a direct response to this article, but it’s referenced. 

 

Source: myadventuresinoddity

30th May 2013

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Finding the Path: RE: I'm sorry if this offends anyone, but it pisses me off how many things are wrong with the Catholic Church. →

nikosnature:

gloryofgod3:

1. Mary can’t hear your prayers because she is not a supernatural being.

My friend can hear my prayer, and he is not a supernatural being, so not being a supernatural being does not preclude one from hearing prayers?

You don’t need her prayers or the…

30th May 2013

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a well known saying among my people

a well known saying among my people

Source: inconsist3nt

30th May 2013

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ermahgeerd:

sexypotassium:

why does no one ever talk about what fire actually is like it’s not a solid, liquid or gas, it’s just kinda there

this is one of the things that have mindfucked me since forever
like what is it

Plasma, fourth state of matter.

Source: sexypotassium

30th May 2013

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perfunctory:

it’s so cute when you talk to someone a lot and then you notice the little phrases that you use and the stupid little things you say slipping into their vocabulary more and more

Source: perfunctory

30th May 2013

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i thought this was a joke when i was younger but now i understand

i don’t get it. pls esplain

he’s so consumed in his own self hatred that he projects it onto other people, believing that because he hates himself that everyone else must also hate him. on the other side, they’re only trying to reach out, and are confused when he rejects them by ignoring them. they don’t hate him as much as he hates himself, they don’t hate him at all. esplained.

Source: milkymilkycakeycake

30th May 2013

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theinformationdump:

Body Language Cheat Sheet for Writers

As described by Selnick’s article:

Author and doctor of clinical psychology Carolyn Kaufman has released a one-page body language cheat sheet of psychological “tells” (PDF link) fiction writers can use to dress their characters.

Source: archetypewriting.com

12th May 2013

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  • student: can i borrow a pencil
  • teacher: i don't know, CAN you?
  • student: yes, also colloquial irregularities occur frequently in any language and since you and the rest of our present company understood my intended meaning being particular about the distinctions between "can" and "may" is purely pedantic and arguably pretentious
  • teacher: Or you could just use the right verb...

Source: novakian

8th May 2013

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