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Subject:  Re: Today's longing Date:  4/10/2012  3:38 PM
Author:  antusalrodaigh Number:  3710 of 3723

Perhaps not unusual to each of you two, most of the pagans (or sort of pagans? not really sure of appropriate terms) that I know about had originally been brought up in Catholic traditions.

That is because if we are wrong, we just have to go to confession and all is forgiven after a coupla Hail Marys and Our Fathers... Hehehehe

Actually, the Catholic church does encourage mystical beliefs as Catholics are taught about miracles (or magic???) performed by Saints or soon to be Saints, Catholics are taught to pray to ghosts and if there are holy ghosts there is also an implication of less or un-holy ghosts, Catholics believe in posession by spirits and demons, and even the name of the worship service, mass, is drawn from the old pagan rituals which were also a mas, etc. Who knows, maybe us former Catholics are just more fed up with organised church than those who follow other Christian paths. For me, it was more about a journey which truly began when I became intersted in the history of my people and culture (Irish), I began to develop a deeper curiosity of the religion of my forefathers, leading me to begin questioning my faith I already struggled with and ultimately choosing to walk a different path, which, by the way, I see no end in sight! :-D

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