LOOSING MY RELIGION, FINDING FAITH
Spirituality, values, religious beliefs. Peace, trust, guidance. Goodness, god, God, gods.
I was raised Catholic. From kindergarten all the way through undergrad, I attended Catholic schools. After college, somewhere along life’s journey, I strayed from the Catholic Church. I found myself away longer than I had expected. Long enough to truly get lost – to the extent where global positioning meant diddely squat.
I found myself searching for guidance. Maybe a map. A tour guide, perhaps. A bus stop would have been nice. Something. I finally realized that it must be my job, and mine alone, to figure out a method for finding my way back. To find a home for my faith. Either back to the Catholic Church, or to a completely different building altogether.
METHOD FOLLOWING, MY WAY
Procedure, technique, in accordance with a definite plan. Typically an orderly, logical or systematic way of instruction, inquiry, investigation, experiment, presentation, etc. Arrangement. Sequence. Logical?
It has been quite some time since I’ve been to any form of “church” on a Sunday, let alone a Catholic mass. Today I took advantage of the opportunity to accompany my friend Jill and her son Cael to their Sunday church service. It is a Methodist church, and I enjoyed it. I felt welcome and had a pleasant and positive experience. However, I wonder: Does this method of finding the proper place for my faith and beliefs seem logical to me? Has my systematic Sunday experiment yielded a concrete answer? Have I found the right building? Am I back on the radar?
I have learned that my faith will be with me wherever I go, and I will have many different spiritual guides along my journey. Oddly enough, this afternoon after church with Jill, Temple Grandin (get it? Temple?) served as my first “officially unofficial” guide (more on Temple in my next post). She inspired me to keep the building doors opened just a crack, no matter where I find myself, in case I feel the need to wander once again and test future methods...on my quest for concrete faith.