My pagan friends and why I value them!


#1

read this article the other day - liked it, posted it.

the-tidings.com/2005/1209/rolheiser.htm

here’s to staying on the right side of things!

anyone else like their pagan friends?


#2

Thank you for posting that link - it was a wonderful piece to read first thing this morning.

I would have to say that about 90% of my friends and family are some variation of Pagan, including my mother, and I treasure each and every one of them.

God Bless -

Jessica


#3

[quote=JessicaCeleste]Thank you for posting that link - it was a wonderful piece to read first thing this morning.

I would have to say that about 90% of my friends and family are some variation of Pagan, including my mother, and I treasure each and every one of them.

God Bless -

Jessica
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You’re welcome! Check out more of the author’s stuff - Ronald Rolheiser is his name. He’s on the money, I reckon.

Some of my oldest and closest friends are pagan and they put me and many of my Christian friends to shame with the way they love, live and laugh.


#4

here’s another interesting article - posted elsewhere on this site too.

ronrolheiser.com/arc050204.html


#5

[quote=Balance]anyone else like their pagan friends?
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Yes, I do! I do! :wave:

I even like my Protestant, Jewish and dissenting Catholic friends and family! I often keep in mind some of the wonderful people I know who just don’t yet understand our faith when I respond to posts here from people questioning the Church teachings… I wonder if one day I might encounter here someone I really know.:cool:

Thanks for sharing those articles. Those are good points to remember.


#6

Loved this article–thanks for posting it. Whenever I am drawn to someone and establish a new friendship with them I always reflect on what it was that “clicked” between us. The author does a great job of pointing out that good can be found in all sorts of packages.


#7

I love this reflection, thank you so much for sharing it! It really articulates something I have experienced again and again in my own life–some of the ‘best’ people I know are not necessarily Catholic or even Christian. Yet by their actions and joy they are almost a better witness to me about how much we are intended to embrace the life and time we’re given and enjoy it to the fullest extent. Thanks again!


#8

It’s a great article, but I’m confused at his use of the term “pagan.” I have friends who are practicing pagans–they follow the early Celtic nature belief system. However, the author seems to be referring to “non-christians,” which is not the same thing as an actual Pagan. A little misleading.


#9

[quote=virgo]It’s a great article, but I’m confused at his use of the term “pagan.” I have friends who are practicing pagans–they follow the early Celtic nature belief system. However, the author seems to be referring to “non-christians,” which is not the same thing as an actual Pagan. A little misleading.
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I take his use of the term pagan to mean nonChristians - especially ones in love with life, as he describes - pagan in the sense of believing in truth, beauty, love. “Small p paganism” not “big P Paganism” which is more the old celtis druidism and so on."

he writes “pagan, in the best sense of the word.” not misleading at all - poetic license but no intention to mislead.


#10

Yikes. Maybe not misleading, then, but certainly a little condescending? I don’t know, I guess I’m just stuck on the word too much. The way Christians use “pagan” tends to strike me like “heathen” or something negative like that.

Thanks for clarifying.


#11

[quote=virgo]Yikes. Maybe not misleading, then, but certainly a little condescending? I don’t know, I guess I’m just stuck on the word too much. The way Christians use “pagan” tends to strike me like “heathen” or something negative like that.

Thanks for clarifying.
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Rolheiser tends to let his readers do some work - he doesn’t lay it all for them. So he says “pagan, in the best sense of the word” and invites his readers to think that over for a bit, ask themselves “what does he mean?”

I think the article as a whole makes it clear that he’s beeing anything but condescending!

Pagan would be a word to describe a certain mindset or value system - so is “heathen” but “pagan” carries less baggage I think - "heathen is a fairly negative sort of word, “pagan” far less so. But I think I understand what you mean. I’d just say don’t get hung up on the one word - but you’re aware of that yourself.


#12

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