What Do You Really Believe?

It’s a great question to stop people of faith in their tracks and get them pondering, “well, what DO I believe.”

I remember once watching an old Mother Angelica Live broadcast and hearing her say (paraphrase), “do you really believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of a woman…” and thinking, “that’s a good question to ask; it zeros in on the whole mystery of the Incarnation which is foundational to the rest.”

Over at Patheos, they’re beginning a new multi-week series that asks the question of all the faiths participating in the site: What Do I Really Believe? The question is meant to be more than an intellectual exploration of specific dogma, though; it is a personal question, meant to be answered personally, rather than with chapter/verse quotes from the Catechism or the Torah or the Koran or the New Testament, or the Bhagavad Gita. An interesting idea.

Each week, the What Do I Really Believe Series will feature a different question. This week: What Really Happens When We Die?

Check it out. Unfortunately, my getting-up-to-speed after Rome precluded a Catholic participation, but next week, you’ll see a Catholic or two answering the new question!

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  • http://therosarytrail.com/ Margo

    Thank you for sharing this. I just checked out the site and find it very interesting. Sometimes, too, when a question is posed rather than a statement made for or against a specific topic there is less debating and argument and more real, healthy listening. Great concept!

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  • saveliberty

    Thank you for this. Our pastor had recommended reviewing the new catechism, which was updated at the instruction of Pope John Paul II and the effort was led by Cardinal Josef Ratzinger.

    I just started reading it, but I appreciate it so much already.

  • http://victor-undergo.blogspot.com/ Victor

    I must start off as saying that the way I see “IT” (What Really Happens When We Die?)as a fifty, fifty deal. Are you dead or alive?

    In reality there’s only 100% unless you’re talking about Sports where some are using spiritual reality drugs but then, that’s cheating so let’s stick to !00% Reality.

    Folks there’s no getting away from “IT”, you’re good and you’re bad and if you’re lucky or not to keep yourself balance, you might fine tune your heavenly kingdom and make believe that each and everyone one of your cells are “IT” but then remember that you must restart that same equation on the next eternal day. Speaking as a human being and not as a drug infested alien who really is but pass sins thinking that they really are “IT” and Good Old Dad should be simply put out to pasture, let’s instead agree to disagree to all having “Free Will”.

    I hear ya! Saint Jerome can you tell sinner vic to give me back my identity cause I just can’t follow him, he’s almost as bad as Victor is and if I didn’t know any difference I would think that he came from the same stock! Go Figure!

    You’re “IT” Man! Pass “IT” on. :)

    God Bless,

    Peace

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