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giving up softdrinks for lent

3 weeks into lent, i haven’t been true to my pledge yet. maybe because i haven’t put it down into a ‘contract’. so now, i’m just putting it here:

NO SODA UNTIL EASTER.

yes, starting today, i have about a month with no Mountain Dew. (i cried a little after typing that.)

i will not deny myself yet of other sugary drinks though. i want to make sure i’m doing this for the right reasons and not mistake it for doing it for health reasons. i want to know if i’m capable of giving up something i really really like drinking regularly.

i know a lot of bad effects of soda but it hasn’t stopped me from drinking a lot of it. there was this time in my early 20s that i’d drink a liter of softdrink at night with my meal and watching movies on the laptop in my room. every night. yes, that was 4 times a week. (i still went home to the province in other days so i’d do this Monday through Thursday night. I’d be back home by Friday evening.)

actually, the spending stopped me from continuing the bad habit, not the ill effects on my health. now, it’s a purge of the unnecessary stuff that i cling on to. a battle of the will — to give up something not just for your own benefit, and deny yourself of the pleasures you derive from them.

please pray that i succeed.

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is same-sex marriage just about sex?

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i hear this often, casting a negative perception about people like myself who are opposed to same-sex marriage. they ask, “do you think gay marriage is just about 2 guys or 2 girls having sex? shouldn’t it be about love and commitment?”

my own Catholic understanding is this: marriage, by its very nature, necessitates consummation, such that the union becomes fruitful. that’s why we say “No” to sex outside of marriage — heterosexual or homosexual.

if marriage is about love and commitment [without sex], i would marry my friends and my parents. if marriage is just about sex [without love or commitment], well… that’s what the ‘hookup culture’ is. one-night stands. sex parties.

truth is, marriage is about both: sex and love. because marriage is meant to be unitive and fruitful. outside of marriage, both are meaningless.

how about infertile and impotent people? how come they can get married even if they can’t be fruitful?

Answer: here.

this RH debate is getting to me

you probably all know by now that i am against the RH Law. i do not appreciate its disregard for one’s conscience and some of its guiding principles. now that it is being argued in the Supreme Court, almost everyone can see who sides with who. even if the judges say that they are merely asking questions, we all understand where each justice leans. and because of this, there lies the question of the objectivity of the judges — pro or anti.

my views and reasons are both secular and religious. but most of all because i am Catholic.

i can’t recall my reversion story ever posted here. but now that i have rediscovered Catholicism, what a TRUE Catholic believes and does, not just “being good” and “being nice to others” and “not being judgmental” with other people’s views, i am even humbled by how little i know about the richness of the faith.

hindi mahirap intindihin ang lohika ng Katoliko. mahirap lang itong isabuhay dahil napakataas ng hinihingi ng pagiging tunay na Katoliko. gaano kataas? “Be Perfect!” Mt. 5:48

if you think you are persecuted because you are Christian, try persecution holding on to true Catholicism. not your own version of Catholicism (nudge nudge C4RH, nominal Catholics). we are accused of being overly dogmatic, close-minded, irrational, and intolerant. the only thing in my mind, however, is that after learning all these truths from Catholic teaching, people don’t understand things completely. people sometimes don’t get to sense the bigger picture as i do in the light of real Catholic teaching.

and these things get misinterpreted into narrow-mindedness. and because of this, the RH Law oral arguments tend to hurt me… how people twist things so we look like fanatics who are disconnected with reality. and sometimes, some free-thinking individuals see this as a danger, a threat, and diminishes our credibility.

yeah. it’s another rambling-about entry today.