Subbing. Not time to write a lot now.
My spirituality includes Catholicism that my husband's family introduced me to, praying the the rosary as a personal practice, and Catholic school for my children, the very liberally Christian United Church (a bit like UU) that I grew up in, and a love of the Psalms that my Mormon-born, Baptist-by-choice grandma introduced me to.
Right now, I am totally touched by a woman in my church who contacted me saying that the Holy Spirit moved her to offer to sponsor my dd for confirmation meetings (her Godparents are not living near us and we didn't realize she needed a sponsor for the meetings this year, so it would have had to be delayed for a year). I've bumped into this lady here and there - she's active in the church, and our dds used to play together -- and I am happy that my dd has found her as a spiritual mentor through this process of becoming a full member of the church.
I made the commitment when I got married to raise my children Catholic, and even though my own beliefs are all over the place (which I am honest about with my children), I am very comfortable with following through on the pledge. What our children choose to do or believe as adults will be up to them. It doesn't hurt that a lot of the beliefs and practices of Catholicism seem very pagan to me, at least compared with what I experienced growing up of the rather intellectual Christianity of the United Church and the rather literal Christianity of the Baptist church!
I also read a lot about paganism, follow the cycle of the moon as a spiritual practice, do a Treasure Map every year, love kitchen witchery, have a growing interest in astrology and what some pagans might call "greenwitchery" or earth magic, and thoroughly enjoy the pagan threads here, including the tapping camp right now.
I have decided not to worry about or apologize for who I am, and just to think of myself as spiritually eclectic with interests and practices that cluster around Christianity and Paganism. I guess I'm fortunate to have no one in my life who is likely to judge me negatively or cut me off for not having the religiously correct views of either Christian or Pagan beliefs.
Originally Posted by jenneology
On that topic, how are those here planning to celebrate Halloween this year? Anyone going to observe Dia de los Muertos?
Wanted to recommend a couple of children's books on the Day of the Dead that were important to our commemoration of it last yearClatter BashGhost Wings
We also made these books part of a homeschool-for-preschool unit study of Mexico. A lovely warm thing to do in a cold Northern November! I think we'll revisit a lot of this this year.