Ctbarnes: I totally respect your views. I read what you said, and I do see that the Church helps people in need. But what about the the people today who don't necessarily fit the view in the eyes of the Church. But I think the Church is hypocritical in the sense that they don't accept all, for some reason or another. Maybe I can't be "converted" but I do believe in a "higher power" and I constantly try to improve myself through that, and I don't believe that a) it is channelled through one person (the Pope), or b) that we even need an institution to have a relationship with God. I do believe that people, like yourself, who have a better knowledge of spiritual matters are needed to help counsel and teach, but nothing is compelling me to go to Church every Sunday coz it will bring me closer to God. But I do respect your views.
My class however, is an examination of various "controversial" subjects facing society today, such as abortion, capital punishment, medical ethics, euthanasia, etc. We discuss them from moral stand point, after discussing the facts. We discuss the Church's standpoint, which by no coincidence doesn't "jive" with my views (except for capital punishment, of which I am vehemently opposed to). I do enjoy this class as it does keep me grounded in certain topics, and it allows me to discover more about these subjects, by letting me research, analyse, and come to conclusions. It has cetainly been a crash course in self-discovery. I am, however, saddened by the fact that homosexuality is not discussed, at least I don't think it will be. Not that I want to make everyone learn about homosexuality, but if you saw the level of homophobia in my school you'd be horrified, and I think it is irresponsible of my school, which supposedly is trying to build "young, Christian men" yet knows and allows this to continue. I would never come out in my school, because I would be beaten unrecognizably. This is sad, but I accept that I can't change 800 people, although I am considering writing an anonymous letter to the campus minister about this.
Fanoftristars:I would love to go out west. I have never been, only skiing the dirtpiles of the east like Attitash/Bear Peak, NH, Killington, Vt, and Wildcat, NH. I hear the snow out there is unbelievable. My school is running a trip to Whistler/Blackcomb, BC, but I opted to visit friends in Montréal. But I WILL make it out west someday.
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