Religious Service Review
As I was born and raised in a Buddhist family, I have always followed and practiced the doctrines and beliefs of Buddhism - Religious Service Review introduction. Buddhism has become one of the most dominant parts in my life which guides me to a fulfilled spiritual life and proper attitudes towards other beings. Nevertheless, throughout the course about world religions that I am taking, I have decided to experience some festivals and rituals in other religions as the way to get exposed to the cultural diversity of the world.
Hence, for my religious service review, I have chosen to study Christianity – one of the most influential and widespread religions. Since I have a friend who is working as social volunteer in Holy Family Catholic Church (1957 Coolidge Street, San Diego, CA 92111), I decided to obtain my realistic approach to Christianity by going to a regular Sunday mass and joining in some youth activities on 11/22/09 to have a deeper and objective comprehension of Christianity.
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From the outside, Holy Family Catholic Church is apparently smaller in comparison to the other churches in San Diego. Contradicts to Buddhist temples, the artworks and sculptures in that church is humanlike and simplistic, which gives the feeling of reality and intimacy. Thanks to the small size and simplistic manner of the church, I really enjoyed the close-knit and friendly atmosphere it provided during the mass. In such a pleasant and welcoming environment, the lecture became so compassionate as well as exhibited itself as a coherent conveyor of the doctrines of Catholic.
Since the Christian Holy Season is coming, the lecture was about the salvation of Jesus Christ, who is declared to be begotten by Virgin Mary in the power of Holy Spirit. He is the beloved son of God, who sacrificed himself to free the misleading human from enduring suffer and anguish, ascended to Heaven and will eventually return to Earth in power and glory in the Judgment Day. As human are born with a sinful nature and thus, get lost in this intricate life, we need to be saved by Jesus Christ, the Savior, the Lord, with all of our faith and sincere repentance.
And the best way to show our repentance is to apply the doctrines or the teachings of Jesus into our life through means of forgiveness and sincere love towards every living beings. As a small local Catholic Church nestled in the heart of the Linda Vista community, Holy Family Catholic Church is a church for those who care about family values and especially about children. It provides some childcare programs and youth activity, one of which I found really interesting to participate in.
Being part of the youth activity, the children from 3 up to 16 can learn about their religion in a practical way as well as some necessary skills to integrate with the society. Together with my friend, who has worked here for several months as a supervisor, I had a great time playing with children and also learn some Christian prayers and songs, which is an appealing and sincere way of worship. Besides, the greatest thing about Holy Family Catholic Church is that it has been there for years.
I was really surprised and touched to have heard stories about people who got married in Linda Vista and have children and grandchildren attending Holy Family youth activity and have stayed close to the community for more than 40 years. To sum up, I found my first experience with Christianity very interesting and fruitful. It has helped me to broaden my religious knowledge, widen my horizons and perfect my perspectives. I will surely come back there and have more valuable encount ers with Christianity as a way to integrate with the diversity of the spiritual world.