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    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

    A Challenged Voice

    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 reading this altogether.   My voice used...

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    • 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

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    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,

    Song of Myself

    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, chill-inducing. If, when I cease to...

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    • 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.

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    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

    Adoption Interview

    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 through an agency." What propelled you...

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    • 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

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    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

    Adoption Inquiry 12/01

    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 soon found that it...

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    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

    Adoption Inquiry

    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 researching, including...

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    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

    Arts and Education

    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 creatively. In recent years, education has directed its...

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    • 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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    Simplicity.

    Now that is a crisp word. It sounds nice. It has a pleasant ring to it. The double ‘s’ sound gives an almost internal alliteration, despite it being only a single word. The flick of the ‘p’ is subtle,

    What is Happiness?

    Simplicity. Now that is a crisp word. It sounds nice. It has a pleasant ring to it. The double ‘s’ sound gives an almost internal alliteration, despite it being only a single word. The flick of the ‘p’ is subtle,...

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    • Adelle,
      I found this post very interesting. I too enjoy the simple things. I think you would enjoy this article (link below) about how to live a more content life. I thought the way you ended the essay with “I want all of these things. They remind me of when I was younger, and they emanate a feeling of comfort. Simplicity is calming and neutral and pure and joyful. And happiness, the thing I strive for most, can only result from simplicity” was very compelling and accurate of living a simple life. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

      Peaceful Simplicity: How to Live a Life of Contentment

    • Dear Adelle,

      I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this, but simplicity and care for the little things is an absolute necessity in life. I am a lot like you actually, I am student who procrastinates and has many responsibilities. And like you, if I don’t appreciate the little things in life, I’d go crazy. I think you summed it up well, ” those tiny simple moments that make you feel warm and fuzzy despite the unnatural chaos of our world.” Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I’m glad to hear someone shares my view.

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