By Marlene Winell and Valerie Tarico. Between the Christian schools, homeschooling, the Christian group home indoctrinating work camp and different churches in different cities, I am a psychological, emotional and spiritual mess. If a former believer says that Christianity made her depressed, obsessive, or post-traumatic, she is likely to be dismissed as an exaggerator. A symptom like one of these clearly has a religious component, yet many people instinctively blame the victim.
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Site best viewed on a computer screen - not optimized for cell phones. By way of explanation of why we should even need to explain and describe the traditional Latin Mass, we need to look at the horrific tale of how it almost disappeared completely from the American Catholic scene, and perhaps even from the world. Go to the Catholic Liturgical Reform page to see a brief history of what happened to our Catholic liturgy, and then return here. The one item of vital importance to note here is this: despite the concerted efforts of multiple liberal bishops and thundering herds of Catholic liturgists, the Traditional Latin Tridentine Mass was never abrogated or repealed by the One Holy Roman Catholic Church. It has always remained valid. It remains the most thoroughly consistent Liturgical form in the Catholic Church today.
A friend knows our difficulties and shadows and remains in sight, a companion to our vulnerabilities more than our triumphs, when we are under the strange illusion we do not need them. An undercurrent of real friendship is a blessing exactly because its elemental form is rediscovered again and again through understanding and mercy. All friendships of any length are based on a continued, mutual forgiveness. Without tolerance and mercy all friendships die. In the course of the years a close friendship will always reveal the shadow in the other as much as ourselves, to remain friends we must know the other and their difficulties and even their sins and encourage the best in them, not through critique but through addressing the better part of them, the leading creative edge of their incarnation, thus subtly discouraging what makes them smaller, less generous, less of themselves.
Behind the various Christian ideas about heaven and hell lies the more basic belief that our lives extend beyond the grave see the entry on afterlife. For suppose that our lives do not extend beyond the grave. In addition to excluding a variety of ideas about reincarnation and karma, this would also preclude the very possibility of future compensation of any kind for those who experience horrendous evil during their earthly lives. Indeed, despite their profound differences, many Christians though perhaps not all and many atheists can presumably agree on one thing at least. If a young girl should be brutally raped and murdered and this should be the end of the story for the child, then a supremely powerful, benevolent, and just God would not exist.