posted on Mar, 22 2016 @ 08:11 PM
a reply to: DumpMaster
Example being when horrible things happen they just say pray. Yesterday it was #prayforcity I forget the city name. Today it's #prayfortheworld. How
about actually doing something instead of nothing - which is what praying is.
Personally, I can't stand hashtags in general. Same goes for all the generic "type amen" memes on social media.
That notwithstanding, why do you think that praying for victims/survivors of fill-in-the-blank
and performing physical action are mutually
exclusive? My parish is not alone in that whenever any catastrophe happens anywhere, whether it be an earthquake on another part of the globe or a
house fire down the road, parishioners immediately begin to offer whatever aid they can. If geographically possible, people with the appropriate
skills offer direct assistance. If not, people gather food, clothing and all other supplies/necessities to send to ravaged areas.
I would also like to point out that my parish is not alone in that the church provides a whole host of other services such as people volunteering to
teach people how to speak/write/read English. There is also a food bank that people keep stocked all year long. In fall of each year, there are
winter coat drives that directly help people not only in our community but people in surrounding areas as well. There are also regular blood drives
hosted by the church (in our case in the school associated with the church for logistical reasons).
The church also provides what I would consider emergency services in some instances. Before our son was old enough to attend nursery school, my wife
would take him to a play group at our local library. There, my wife befriended another mother. Almost like out of a movie, the woman started showing
up with odd scratches and bruises that she would explain away... until she finally confided in my wife that her husband beats the stuffing out of her
from time to time. She was too scared to run off to a relatives house because he could easily find her. As in many places across the nation, the
shelters around here are (apparently) no place for a woman with a two year old son to be. My wife took her to our Parish Outreach office and they
immediately took her and her son in and provided them with food and shelter until she was able to find a job and a decent place to stay. (For the
record, this woman is not Catholic and nor did anyone try to convert her).
Quite frankly, I find that the church, in many cases, in many areas are often much better and more efficient at aiding those in need of help than
governments and municipalities could ever dream of being.
You stating that "all religious people do is pray" shows that you are a bit ignorant regarding what religious people actually do. I would only
suggest that you do a little research that goes beyond the fantastical headlines of the media.
edit on 22-3-2016 by eluryh22 because: (no