A very sensitive subject…

SO I want to write about a very sensitive topic, but before I say anything I want to preface with the following.  Everyone is allowed their own opinion and views.  I am by no means trying to press my opinion on anyone else.  In fact I encourage everyone to figure out your own beliefs and be proud of what you believe.angelsanddemons

Religion is one of the most sensitive subjects there is.  I have studied religions in college and listened to people talk about their own beliefs.  For all of my experiences I have come to have strong beliefs in my religion.  However, I am always open to new interpretations and new ideas.  I think that is very important for everyone.  You should always want to learn and grow, there is never a limit to the amount of knowledge that one can obtain.  Religion is one of those same things that you can never have enough new knowledge on.

With the new Dan Brown book coming out, I started thinking about all the religious controversy that surrounded his last two Robert Langdon books.  In some ways I can see how Catholics may not enjoy the subject matter that he chose to write about (The Catholic Church), when I read his books they only strength the faith in my beliefs.  “Science and Religion support the same thing – pure energy is the father of creation.” – Dan Brown, Davinci codeAngels & Demons

My boyfriend, who is Catholic, refuses to read the books just on principle.  I tend not to talk about this with him because he is so strong in his beliefs.  But I did ask him, “Would it really hurt you to read what someone else writes about your religion, especially if you are so strong in your beliefs?”  He refused to answer and walked away, so I dropped the subject.  I believe that many people that are upset by his books feel the same way that my boyfriend does, but have they ever read the books? There are many things that I very much admire about Catholicism, but I do try to keep my mind and heart open to other ideas.  “Some of us pray to Jesus, some of us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves.” – Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

I preordered my copy of The Lost Symbol and it’s here!  I know I can’t open and read it yet because onlost symbolce I do I won’t be able to put it down and currently I have too much on my plate to stop and read. (And those of you who have read my previous stuff know I LOVE TO READ.)  I cannot wait to be taken into a new world and open my mind up to new and exciting ideas.  I hope that you will too!! “Science tells me God must exist. My mind tells me I will never understand God. And my heart tells me I am not meant to.” – Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

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Remembering a Day

There are very few events that happen in your life that you can remember exactly where you were, what you were doing and what you were thinking.  I remember the day that I got my acceptance letter in to the Nursing program at my college.  I was minutes from leaving to go to Atlanta; the next morning, bright and early, I was leaving to go on a month long study abroad to Mexico.  I was really confused and afraid when I opened the letter because we weren’t suppose to hear about it for another month.  I tore open the letter and had to read it a few times, I was even shaking so hard that I had to hand it to my dad to read because I wanted to make sure thaEVENT_9-11_Firemans_Flag_lgt I had read it correctly.  When my dad said “Yes, that’s right you got into nursing,” I started jumping up and screaming and yelling for my mom.

This is one of the happier moments that I remember.  I remember where I was when each of my grandparents died, when I found out that one of my best friends from high school had been murdered and I remember the day that I found out my mom had a 20 lb tumor on her ovary.  Most of all I remember where I was the day our whole world changed

The date was September 11th, 2001.  I was junior in High School and it just seemed like every other ordinary day.  I had just sat down in my chemistWTC-Memorial-Lights-726357ry class, when my friend, Jennifer (this is the aforementioned friend that was murdered) came rushing in to ask if I had heard about the plane crashes.  I was clueless, I didn’t know what she was talking about.  She told me all the details that she could gather from the news program she had been watching in her previous class.  (See some teachers that day let us watch the news and others tought it would be too upsetting.)  When our teacher came in our class room all we could talk about was whether or not it was an accident.  We went on with class, and when we were dismissed I went on to my next class which was lunch and newspaper, so of course we watched the news.  It was in this class that we learned about the third plane that hit the Pentagon and the fouth one that went down in Pennsylvania.  It was then that everyone knew for a fact this was no accident.  This fact gave me chills, after that all I wanted to do was go home.  When I finally got home that day my dad was there, he had left the office to come home for the day in order to hear the news.  We talked about what was going on and what it meant for us.  I remember saying to him, “I don’t understand, what did we do to these people, and why would anyone want to kill all those innocent people.”  It has taken me years to finally come to terms with what happened that day.  I will never understand the urge to kill innocent people.  But from this I have pushed myself to learn about different cultures and religions so that I might better understand where people are coming from.  This is one day in many that has changed the world or atleast changed our world.  Don’t ever forget the people that lost there lives just so these men could make a statement.  And remember to live life to it’s fullest because it can change in an instance.