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Religion and Life
I am South African, and living in Croatia for fifteen years, when I first came to live in the most southern part of Croatia called Konavle I was a stranger.
I didn't like much about the place.
I had not been to Croatia. That made it more difficult but as time went by, I learned more about the people, and of the new culture.
My life changed in so many ways and still is sometimes I am not sure what to do about change though I am not afraid of change just too much and too fast.
Any how, so far I am happy with my life but recently I have been thinking about many aspects and one of the most thought out is about the new culture, and the religion.
For eleven years I have not practiced my religion, Hinduism, and really miss that part of my life on.
So on the contrast, I have been thinking since I am now living in Croatia why not go to church?
My husband and son are Roman Catholics, I however, haven't changed my religion and didn't find it necessary to do so in the beginning.
I am interested in going to church to be part of what I find different and to be with different people.
After my son was christened I realized I should give myself a chance to move on with my life, To be part of another culture of which I am still learning lots much more about.
It has been most difficult to be part of this new culture right from the start. I now know more of the language and can communicate well with others.
I feel it is time for me to take on another challenge in my life.
The many thoughts I have has made me come to my decision, the final decision. Something I like to do for myself, and nobody else.
Though it is my final decision, I somehow don't feel so sure of the decision.
Why is it that my life feels this way at times, not sure of what I want to do?
Life for me has been quite challenging and now it has come to the question of religion.
Do you think it is a good idea for me to take the next step and be part of the Roman Catholic Church?
As much as I would like to after discussing the issue with my son he had different view of the religion.
Even though he is now a Catholic he feels going to church doesn't mean anything.
We are all entitled to an opinion and I feel confused about the whole conversation. Religion is definitely a topic of a huge debate.
People have their own beliefs when it comes to religion and feel their views are correct. In my case I want to be part of a different belief because I don't practice my religion. To be part of another culture will make me have more of a meaningful life.
To believe in another culture but not to forget about my own culture and to be able to have communication with other people.
The other reason I feel is a bit complicated other members of the church will look at me differently, a different race, and religion. I have only recently decided to attend the Catholic church.
I sometimes feel concerned about the reactions of others, and, especially in this foreign place. I don't care what others would say in such situations.
People may not like the idea of a foreign person attending their church or maybe they would like the idea. I don't know what to make of it.
There is big part of me that wants to go to church and there is the small part that is not sure.
I always said I wouldn't go to church but when I come to think of it properly, I have nothing to lose, if I did so continuously.
Learning more of another culture can change things even more for me but would also allow me the opportunity to be able to do the Catholic cross when I attend the church.
I won't be looking at others dumbfounded when they go about their duties.
Religion is unique and can make one think in their own way, and believe in their own way. Whichever way you choose to live only one can tell the differences it can make in their lives.
I am looking for answers from you, my readers please guide me on my thoughts here!
I didn't get married in church so that does make a few changes but I now want to decide thoroughly with the guidance of you.
Everything changed in my life, what would one more change do to me?
I feel confident about everything in my life, living in a foreign country.It has not been easy from all angles.
Looking at life here it has been the hardest for me, and slowly got to a bit of an easy stage. I am now stronger and can handle many tough moments.
The moments I have now are so much better from hard to easy, or from the worst to be almost best part of my life.
I have adapted to change, and weather conditions, and to some fake people and to some very good people. There all kinds of people in this world, and one only knows when in contact with one other.
Picking out the people you want to be with can be easy or a problem at times that is all up to you.
Wherever you go people come in all sizes and shapes, in all tones and some can be helpful, mean, rude, and only for themselves.
However, you communicate you would see them for who they really are from all sides.
Friendly people are not always the true people. Spending time with the wrong people in the beginning had made me see how many can be fake. I have seen how few have been good to me from their heart and not from outside thinking of their minds.
I don't keep up to any fake persons anymore. The good thing about my life I know from day one who to mingle with and who to run from. It is why I have come this far on my own mind of thinking positive and for myself.
I attended the local village church yesterday there was a missa which is usually is a mass and I really enjoyed every bit of it. The attendance was great and I looked forward to going to the missa for weeks prior to the event.
On the eighth of September was a day of celebration in the village called Dunave, a time for feasting and celebrating the birth of Mary and people attended the local church in order to enjoy the day.
It is called Mala Gospa in the Croatian language, meaning the day of Lady Mary.
This day is expected to be celebrated in the season of Autumn. I am still learning about the calendar holidays and of the religious holidays.
The many aspects of my life has experienced many good goals. I write what I feel and think is a good to clear my thoughts. To have a good mindset.
Sometimes what I do can be good for me, or will cause other issues but that I wouldn't know until I have approached my decision.
Certain decisions can change friendships from good to bad or can-make enemies this remains to be seen.
Generally life is full of surprises, what one says they will never do often they end up doing just the opposite, while others won't even give it a try.
Look it is easy to find out about the Roman Catholics it is all over the Internet. I am just hoping to have a clear mind from your comments.
Life isn't always what it seems people are often affected by other people's decisions.
Write and express what you feel. I am doing exactly that, to write and share my thoughts here on Hub pages.
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