• DISCLAIMER: This post is a reflective writing journal about leaving the Catholic Church. If you think you may not agree with my views, I would appreciate if you maintain respectful conversation or refrain from

    • Hi Adelle! While reading your article, I found your opinions to be very interesting and compelling. I was raised Catholic and have gone to Catholic school since I was five, so I have felt many of the feelings and experiences that you’ve gone through in your life. Although my faith is strong right now, there have definitely been times where I’ve questioned multiple things about the Catholic Church. I think it’s very brave of you to stand up for yourself and your own beliefs, rather than taking the back seat and letting your family or community choose for you. Pope Francis commented on why Catholics should doubt their faith at times, and search for answers, check it out! http://theweek.com/articles/446850/pope-francis-wants-catholics-doubt-church-hes-right

    • Hi Adelle,

      This is a really interesting post and something that I haven’t seen a whole lot of on youthvoices. I have been in the Catholic School system since kindergarten, and I have come across the same dilemmas and uncertainties that you faced. I think what your dad says is right in that you can’t force someone to believe, which is how they should be treating you if they really believe that. In the age of search engines allowing us any information we could possibly want in seconds, it seems like it’s getting harder and harder to remain faithful to any sort of religion that leaves so many questions. It’s difficult to go against your own family but it up to every person to decide for themselves what they believe in and stand by, so good on your for making these choices for yourself.

      Here’s an article that you might find interesting, although biased: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturalwonderers/7-tips-for-dealing-with-religious-relatives/

      Thanks
      Ed

    • Hello Adelle,
      I stumbled across your post and was intrigued by your disclaimer, so I thought I’d give it a read. I feel like I have had a very similar experience to your own. When my brother stopped going to church and praying before meals, I was outraged. How could someone turn away from God like that? But I was only 7 and didn’t understand what my brother was doing. I was raised Catholic and have attended Catholic school for the past 12 years. It wasn’t until high school I realized I didn’t have to believe everything I was fed. I had gone to church at least three times a week because of my school, and we took mandatory theology classes. I felt like I’d been forced into a faith without any idea what it was about. Now that I am older and my parents accept that I don’t believe what they do, I am able to understand other aspects of my life better and not blindly follow, shutting away my questions and disagreements. I am very glad you found your voice, but I hope you never stop trying to make it louder. Here is an article on being agnostic you may find interesting. https://www.bustle.com/articles/98191-what-does-being-agnostic-mean-5-things-to-know-about-those-of-us-who-keep-our
      Good luck!

    • Adelle,
      Thank you for sharing your post. I found your ideas to be very interesting. I agree with your idea that “I want to be a good person, but I don’t think religion is the only way to become one.” I also believe that one should have to subscribe to the beliefs to a certain religion just so that they get into the afterlife. I think that the idea of questioning your own faith is very important. I found an article online about the statistics of people leaving the catholic church. It states that “Seventy-seven percent of those who were raised Catholic but no longer identify with the religion said they could not envision themselves eventually returning to the church.” You should really check it out:
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/09/02/the-vast-majority-of-u-s-catholics-who-have-left-the-church-cant-imagine-returning-study-says/?utm_term=.1c4806a3f864

  • Adelle commented on the post, ISO Giovanni 1 year, 6 months ago

    Wow, the imagery in this piece is fantastic! I could feel the wind and the warmth in real time with you. I think the cycling of your first phrase into a transitional phrase worked really well and provided a nice rhythm. Good job!

  • Zach,
    I agree with your position that you take in this essay, but I think there are a few ways to improve it. Your largest section of writing has to do with war, and I think there is an imbalance between the evidence and thought given to the war side of religion as opposed to the other detrimental effects of religion. Additionally, I think it was…[Read more]

  • I completely understood the meaning you had when reading this – it was very well done. It’s so relatable (I also love the spring and summertime), and the imagery is fantastic; I can truly experience the nature with you. Even though I am not personally religious, I still felt an incredible peace at the conclusion of your writing.

  • I love the emotion portrayed by this! Your idea that you exist and you cannot change that you exist is powerful, and I find it to be a good self-love piece. It was also so beautiful to see the way you expand to a large lens – the universe and cosmos – and then go back to an individual on a single street. Very good circular thought.

  • I came into this world deafeningly.

    I will exit it the same,

    And I will occupy it with nothing other than noise.

     

    What is my goal? To be heard? To have a voice?

    I want to be impressionable,

    • I love the message, and metaphor of your poem. It’s beautifully written. I’d suggest reading a poetry book called Milk and Honey, written by Rupi Kaur. There another one written by this author too, but I haven’t had the chance to read it yet.

      -Averi

    • Adelle, I enjoyed the unique style of writing and voice established in this piece. You made your own interpretation of a poem by Whitman, and the way you celebrate life itself as a triumph is beautiful. I love the connections you made to music and how you questioned what exactly life was about and what it’s purpose is. I connected strongly to this piece and I think many others will. It is written with relatable feelings and thoughts.

    • I love the message that you got across. It was beautifully written and I can definitely hear your voice through this piece. The feelings that are not only embedded in the poem but also expressed, makes this an enjoyable poem to read and relate to.

    • Adelle,
      I love how your poem explores life, death and everything in between. I enjoyed the lines that said, “It is not my name that shall be remembered, But the symphony of light I created.” because you are completely right, all we leave behind is the impacted we have on this world. Your poem is beautifully written, keep writing! I can’t wait to hear more from you.

  • Hate crimes are caused by a person or group’s intolerance for another’s differences, but differences are what make the world exciting, special, and inspiring. The existence of these wrongdoings is proof that some individuals are close-minded, self-centered, and in need of more extensive education. Laws to protect people’s differences are…[Read more]

  • I see that you really took a lot of techniques from Reading Rhetorically into your process and thoroughly thought about the insight it provided! I also noted that we had similar experiences in our dedication to our topics. It took a while for each of us to get involved in the conversation.

  • I think it’s interesting that you say sex “should be meaningful and precious.” What makes you say so? A counterargument could clearly be that it makes people happy to do as they please with their personal lives. Could you explore the evidence more as to why it’s wrong? Also, I think you need to more clearly define why you are calling present-day…[Read more]

  • Adelle commented on the post, Aging Issues 1 year, 9 months ago

    This is really cool article! I am also very interested in this topic. Besides the DNA damage theory, I was completely unaware of most of the these. Are you planning to do any additional research in the future?

  • Personal Interview with an Adoptive Mother

    16 December 2017

    How many kids do you have and how many are adopted? Were they adopted through an agency or the foster care system?

    “One. It was an open adoption

    • Adelle, Nice post. Adoption is always interesting to hear about. I have a younger brother adopted from Kazakhstan who was adopted before Americans were restricted from adopting children in Kazakhstan. It definitely isn’t an easy process, and it is far more expensive than it seems like it should be. Adopting a child is an incredibly selfless act, and while those who adopt should be checked that they are capable, they should also be helped in the adoption process, however this is often not the case. This can definitely vary whether adopting in the U.S. or traveling to another country, but either way the expenses are high and the time investment lengthy.

      Here’s a Washington Post Article discussing some of the expenses involved with adopting a child: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2016/11/28/why-is-it-so-expensive-to-adopt-a-child/?utm_term=.7e920824b349

      Thanks for your write up,
      Ed

  • For the past few weeks, I have been gradually compiling research on adoption into an annotated bibliography for a school assignment. I began by trying to find every article on a school-supplied database, but I

  • I am beginning to write a paper on the flaws of the adoption system in the U.S., and I would love some fresh ideas or contributions of sources.

    I have several ideas regarding the specific topics I’ll be r

    • I agree with your article about adoption and that every child should have a caring home. I feel like parents never want to really put their child up for adoption , I think that the parents who put their child up for adoption had a turning point in their life and maybe they couldn’t take care of a kid they wasn’t ready. This is a problem for the kid just as much as it is for they parent because there parents are leaving them. Feel free to check out this link.

      https://www.thenation.com/article/shotgun-adoption/

  • Adelle commented on the post, Wen 1 year, 10 months ago

    Thank you for this moving piece, Trip. I thought it was very thoughtful. I really enjoyed the rhyming and repeating question pattern that you use throughout the poem. I think your stylistic spelling of ‘wen’ really adds something original to your writing. I would love to hear more from you as an author. Good luck on your future writing.

  • I like that Chief Brown is invested in this cause, but I’m a little concerned that his main way to “end homelessness” is to place narcotics officers and patrols in the area. You say they are there to “provide assistance” to the homeless people, but I’m interested to know if they do more than simply make drug busts.
    Way to be interested in this…[Read more]

  • The arts definitely are exceptional, as was that artfully constructed pun 🙂
    Thank you for your personal connection to my piece- I also play an instrument and feel the positive effects.

  • Katie, thank you for your comment and compliments! I would also prefer that Common Core be disbanded, however, it’s not something likely to happen. With no standards to adhere to, school systems could independently choose what they’d like to teach, and that could cause a whole new load of problems. I agree with the disappointment in Common Core,…[Read more]

  • Hi Heather!
    This piece was very good. I have never seen or read Hidden Figures, but I am more interested than ever now. You did a very nice job of integrating the value of equality into your writing, and I agree with your assessment of segregation in the workplace.
    I never knew that NASA was more accepting of black and female employees, and I was…[Read more]

  • Hi Srihita,
    I love your piece! It is a very well developed argument, and I definitely agree with your position. The dual responsibilities and grading system is as flawed as you say. In my own argument, I explored fixing the education system by promoting fine arts, and I loved seeing a different view.
    My only comments would be to make sure your…[Read more]

  • In the twenty-first century, school pushes students to succeed more than ever before. Adolescents are constantly under tremendous stress, and rarely do they receive enough time or resources to express themselves

    • Adelle,

      Your piece makes some very strong points and I can very much appreciate where you’re coming from. The diction and persuasive elements are absolutely brilliant and I look forward to seeing how other people respond to this. I personally think that Common Core should be disintegrated all together, but I acknowledge that your argument is the next best thing to do.

      • Katie, thank you for your comment and compliments! I would also prefer that Common Core be disbanded, however, it’s not something likely to happen. With no standards to adhere to, school systems could independently choose what they’d like to teach, and that could cause a whole new load of problems. I agree with the disappointment in Common Core, but it’s better than chaos.

    • Hello Adelle!
      I have to say I loved your piece, it was a very well written out and supported argument. I can agree that the visual arts relieve stress during the school day. With increased funding on the arts students can learn and grow smarter, and acknowledge how exceptional the arts are. I play the Cello on a daily basis, for it is an escape into another reality for me. I love how you orchestrated everything in this piece, keep up the good work!

      • The arts definitely are exceptional, as was that artfully constructed pun 🙂
        Thank you for your personal connection to my piece- I also play an instrument and feel the positive effects.

    • Adelle,

      This is so true. Students are too stressed with academic classes, I feel that arts classes can give students chance to relieve stress throughout the day. I do not think that common core should be disbanded completely but that students should be required to take a least one arts class. This will give all students an opportunity to be creative throughout the day.

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