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    (Original post by greeneyedgirl)
    I can't think where I read it before but Christianity isn't about feeling Christ. We put far too much emphasis on feeling God or not feeling God. This makes us fair weather...when we feel God things are good, but when we don't, we're lost. This may be helpful: https://carm.org/prayer-feeling-god God never abandons us, but He also never says that being a Christian will be easy or make everything better, in fact the opposite, we're told we'll suffer because of it.
    I've suffered a bit in life even without God present.

    And it's like a constant withdrawal of God's presence, which honestly is not helpful.
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    (Original post by CescaD96)
    I still stand by my response to GEG, who made a valid point. I've heard of Christ most certainly, but I don't think my depression and SAD can be counted as a disability and a mental incapacity to believe. Therefore, according to my technical Church, I am a walking condemned woman.
    Sorry only just seen your response to GEG. What I will say is that faith or being a Christian is not really about feeling God. It's about believing in spite of not feeling. Which isn't easy. I haven't felt God in about 4 years. But I still believe in Him.

    Rest assured you would not be punished in Catholicism merely for an inability to feel God. Depression does do that to some people, you and me included.

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    Ah good stuff! But like I said don't be in a rush to pick. Take as much time as you need and don't let anyone or anything pressurise you. You are very welcome here

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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Sorry only just seen your response to GEG. What I will say is that faith or being a Christian is not really about feeling God. It's about believing in spite of not feeling. Which isn't easy. I haven't felt God in about 4 years. But I still believe in Him.

    Rest assured you would not be punished in Catholicism merely for an inability to feel God. Depression does do that to some people, you and me included.

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    But that's it. I don't think I have ever felt Him. I should have at least once. If only once. Then I'd be content.

    Yeah, my Religion teacher thinks my faith struggles relate to my depression, due to my obsession with the pointlessness of life.
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    (Original post by CescaD96)
    But that's it. I don't think I have ever felt Him. I should have at least once. If only once. Then I'd be content.

    Yeah, my Religion teacher thinks my faith struggles relate to my depression, due to my obsession with the pointlessness of life.
    Some people never feel God but can still believe and do still believe. It may seem impossible but it isn't.

    I'm not trying to say you are talking out of your backside btw. Am just saying that belief without feeling God is a common trope in Catholicism, especially with the saints. You are not being condemned because you are not feeling God. If you end up being condemned, it would be due to a conscious, resolute and fully-lucid decision to turn your back from God and to not believe in Him.

    I may never feel God again and that is something I struggle with but will eventually have to accept.

    The mentally ill are especially precious to God, so I am constantly told. So even if you and I never feel Him, we can be assured of His love xxx

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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Some people never feel God but can still believe and do still believe. It may seem impossible but it isn't.

    I'm not trying to say you are talking out of your backside btw. Am just saying that belief without feeling God is a common trope in Catholicism, especially with the saints. You are not being condemned because you are not feeling God. If you end up being condemned, it would be due to a conscious, resolute and fully-lucid decision to turn your back from God and to not believe in Him.

    I may never feel God again and that is something I struggle with but will eventually have to accept.

    The mentally ill are especially precious to God, so I am constantly told. So even if you and I never feel Him, we can be assured of His love xxx

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    Maybe I should start accepting that possibility of never feeling Him. I don't mind about not feeling the saints. It's feeling God which bother me.
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    (Original post by CescaD96)
    I've suffered a bit in life even without God present.

    And it's like a constant withdrawal of God's presence, which honestly is not helpful.
    Depression sucks, big hugs on that front, I know how crappy it can be.

    Shall be praying that either you'll feel God or you'll be able to continue believing without feeling.
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    (Original post by greeneyedgirl)
    Depression sucks, big hugs on that front, I know how crappy it can be.

    Shall be praying that either you'll feel God or you'll be able to continue believing without feeling.
    That's very sweet of you, thank you. :jumphug:
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    (Original post by CescaD96)
    Maybe I should start accepting that possibility of never feeling Him. I don't mind about not feeling the saints. It's feeling God which bother me.
    I dunno how you and I move (separately) towards acceptance of a seeming absence of God, but I think we should both try and accept it. Feeling God is great and all but that's not what it's about at the end of the day. The saints tell us that the rewards are greater for those who never/don't feel but can somehow still hold on to a slither of belief.

    I know what you mean about not being bothered about not feeling like the saints. My life's ambition when I was young was to become a saint and get the stigmata. Then I started reading accounts of saints with stigmata and I was like :eek: :ahhhhh: :no:



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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I dunno how you and I move (separately) towards acceptance of a seeming absence of God, but I think we should both try and accept it. Feeling God is great and all but that's not what it's about at the end of the day. The saints tell us that the rewards are greater for those who never/don't feel but can somehow still hold on to a slither of belief.

    I know what you mean about not being bothered about not feeling like the saints. My life's ambition when I was young was to become a saint and get the stigmata. Then I started reading accounts of saints with stigmata and I was like :eek: :ahhhhh: :no:



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    Oh dearie, the stigmata! That freaked me out as a wain (kid).

    Do you think us accepting it would make our faith stronger?
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    (Original post by CescaD96)
    Oh dearie, the stigmata! That freaked me out as a wain (kid).

    Do you think us accepting it would make our faith stronger?
    I think I didn't properly understand the implications of it when I was a child When I read a few accounts, I was just like "OK, not cut out for this, think I'll live somehow "

    I've honestly no idea. I think it would certainly help us in the long run if we could accept it
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I think I didn't properly understand the implications of it when I was a child When I read a few accounts, I was just like "OK, not cut out for this, think I'll live somehow "

    I've honestly no idea. I think it would certainly help us in the long run if we could accept it
    Living is meant to be good.

    But it is so hard!:bawling:
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    (Original post by CescaD96)
    Living is meant to be good.

    But it is so hard!:bawling:
    I know hun, I know I haven't anywhere near accepted it yet either. Not sure how to. Might have to ask Fr S (my confessor/spiritual director). He'll have a good answer, I'm sure. If he ever texts me back :lol:

    I wish you lived in London so we could meet and hang out. Then I could introduce you to Fr S! You'd love him. He's hilarious
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I know hun, I know I haven't anywhere near accepted it yet either. Not sure how to. Might have to ask Fr S (my confessor/spiritual director). He'll have a good answer, I'm sure. If he ever texts me back :lol:

    I wish you lived in London so we could meet and hang out. Then I could introduce you to Fr S! You'd love him. He's hilarious
    Priest banter!:dancing2: I have had some good conversations with priests!
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    Priest banter!:dancing2: I have had some good conversations with priests!
    You'd have loads of banter with Fr S :yep: He's epic!
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    Hey guys,
    I just wanted to share this page from my faith journal. It was inspired by the song "He Knows My Name" by Francesca Battistelli.
    Have a good night
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    So my friend L phoned today, which I was surprised by. I honestly thought she would never phone and that I might never see her again. She's clearly in denial about her (mental) health but I tried to be as kind and compassionate as possible and not force the issue. Thanks for praying peeps

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    Hey guys,
    I just wanted to share this page from my faith journal. It was inspired by the song "He Knows My Name" by Francesca Battistelli.
    Have a good night
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    What a beautiful sentiment! Do you mind me asking what kinda things you do for your faith journal? I've often thought I should try and keep one but am a bit of a noob when it comes to such things
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    So my friend L phoned today, which I was surprised by. I honestly thought she would never phone and that I might never see her again. She's clearly in denial about her (mental) health but I tried to be as kind and compassionate as possible and not force the issue. Thanks for praying peeps



    What a beautiful sentiment! Do you mind me asking what kinda things you do for your faith journal? I've often thought I should try and keep one but am a bit of a noob when it comes to such things
    Hey TLG
    Instead of boring you with long words I thought I might just show you pictures. Here's a link to my blog all about my Faith Journal
    http://imachoccakeaholic.blogspot.co...aith%20Journal

    I also do Scripture Art Journalling
    http://imachoccakeaholic.blogspot.co...ture%20Journal

    I hope it's ok to post the links here
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    Hi guys, hope all is well. I was just wondering if anyone could pray for me. I had a conversation with a friend who is a Muslim. She shocked me by saying a few stuff about Christianity. I don't think she realize she offended me since she didn't show much remorse. Please pray for her to realize how I felt, also could you pray for me, in these times

    Many Blessings
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    (Original post by Hopefulcici)
    Hi guys, hope all is well. I was just wondering if anyone could pray for me. I had a conversation with a friend who is a Muslim. She shocked me by saying a few stuff about Christianity. I don't think she realize she offended me since she didn't show much remorse. Please pray for her to realize how I felt, also could you pray for me, in these times

    Many Blessings
    I would recommend trying to avoid the topic of religion with your friend, if possible, since religions can clash?

    God bless you.
 
 
 
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