In my Theology121 class, our professor has been making us read a lot of articles and readings concerning faith. To say the least, I’ve learnt a bit more from all the words and teachings I’ve come across.
Religion in the Philippines has been an established religion (What is Doing Catholic Theology About, Edilberto Jimenez). As the article suggests, it states that the religion that we have right now is something that has always been present in our lives. We don’t have a religion because we believe that it changes something in our lives, but we believe because ever since we were young, we were surrounded by a society that sees it as such. So we grow up believing that what we do is right. It has not become a personal choice, rather we are Christians/Catholics because of our parents, culture and environment.
And in some way, it has made me wonder about my own religion or the foundation of what my faith is today. I grew up in an environment where I was constantly exposed to various religious activities. A lot of my childhood memories were spent in my Charismatic community, Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon, as well as serving in various Church activities (such as a candle holder for the Mary the Queen parish). I was always proud to call myself a devout Catholic, going to mass every Sunday and during holy days of obligation. But after reading the article, there were a lot of aspects of my life I’ve come to discern.
Am I really a Catholic because I’ve discerned over the years that I really believe in God, or am I just the way I am because of how I grew up?
In this society, the definition of Catholicism really has changed. People say they are Catholic but there is a difference between an active one and unactive Catholic. It becomes weird then how the world views us, considering that we are the only Catholic country in Asia.
Tsk. And the recent discussion on the dress code in Churches has been something to mull over as well.