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  1. Economist

    Should Religion Affect Your Choice in a Relationship?

    I think it would be easier to bond with someone who has similar beliefs to you. I'm sure that people with different beliefs can get along, but I just imagine it would be easier to connect if you were the same religion. Then again I may just be the worst person possible to ask advice on this topic!
  2. Economist

    Are New Year’s celebrations objectionable for Christians?

    I accidentally clicked "No," in response to the title of the thread, rather than the actual poll question. But I do not think they are objectionable at all.
  3. Economist

    Catholicism in the USA

    With the influx of Latin American immigrants, the US is becoming more and more Catholic, but there has always been a fairly decent portion dating back to the early 20th century, when Irish, Italian, and Polish immigrants (among others) brought Catholicism here with them.
  4. Economist

    Where'd Your Religion Come From?

    I didn't realize the Salvation Army is a religion.
  5. Economist

    Roman Catholic: Communion with non-Catholics

    What I was talking about when I posted it didn't have anything to do with the Nicene Creed, but eating the actual body and blood of Christ. I have heard the Church's reasoning for not giving communion to non-Catholics, but it is the one thing in the whole Catechism that doesn't make sense to me.
  6. Economist

    Pope Tells Why He Chose Name Of Benedict

    I think this is especially significant: "The progressive expansion of the Benedictine Order which he founded exercised an enormous influence on the spread of Christianity throughout the European continent." I hope Pope Benedict is as successful as his namesake in spreading Christianity not...
  7. Economist

    The Rich Young Man

    I think he's not saying that earthly possessions are necessarily evil, but love of them is. Our first love should be God. If God calls on you to give something up, you should not be so attached to it that you cannot. I think we are all called in one way or another to make sacrifices for God...
  8. Economist

    Like Jesus, I Will Be A Shepherd, Like Peter, A Fisher Of Men

    This applies to everyone, and is especially suited to the reading from this past Sunday: "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." 1...
  9. Economist

    do we need to go to church ?

    The most important part of Chuch is the Holy Communion. If for no other reason, you should go for that. Also, it can't hurt to have an expert who has dedicated his life to God interpret and relate the scriptures for you. Finally, there's something to be said for being in the physical presence of...
  10. Economist


    We have no place to judge others. That's up to the Lord. And certainly don't worry about their eternal damnation at such a young age, they will probably mature and get over some of it. I realized one thing while I was praying for God to help my family once- God gave me two hands, I can get up...
  11. Economist

    John Paul the 2nd

    The reading of his book, "Crossing the Threshold of Hope," was one of the seminal events in my life, and his unwavering moral conviction served as a guide for me in my development. He is personally responsible for bringing me and many others like me closer to the Church. Add to that the fact...
  12. Economist

    recall notice

    Haha, very nice, but don't forget to go to your nearest ordained soul technician for CONFESSION. ;)
  13. Economist

    Habemus Papem!

    I read "Message of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to the Communion and Liberation (CL) meeting at Rimini (24-30 August 2002) on the theme: "The Feeling of Things, the Contemplation of Beauty"" link It was hard to wrap your head around, but I managed to wade through it, and it was very...
  14. Economist

    Habemus Papem!

    I think it's appropriate. People were talking about the ability of a Latin American or African Pope to evangelize these developing areas, but the more difficult evangelical mission will probably be in developed countries like Western Europe and America. Benedict speaks fluent English, German...
  15. Economist

    K of C

    I had a great uncle, Gerry, who was one of my favorite people of all time. I don't know anyone who met him that didn't like him. He was a Knight of Columbus, so they're ok in my book.
  16. Economist

    favorite hymns

    Schubert's "Ave Maria" performed by Pavoratti is the most amazing piece of music I've ever heard. Sadly, since there aren't many virtuosos of Pavoratti's caliber in my parish, we don't sing that one too often. Others I like are On Eagle's wings, Christ the Lord is Risen Today, O Come O Come...
  17. Economist

    Whats the difference ?

    There's somewhat of a discussion of that going on in this thread: http://www.religiousforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12670
  18. Economist

    Prayer for the Election of a Pope

    My priest said this in Mass today and printed it in the bulletin. I thought I'd share, because the cardinals need all the prayers they can get: ___________________________________________ God of infinite wisdom, On the day of Pentecost your Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples locked...
  19. Economist

    Papal items on Ebay

    Smells like tasteless profiteering to me.
  20. Economist

    Supper at Emmaus

    What is going on in the scene?