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Born to a Catholic family
Each Sunday spent kneeling in pews
Taught to accept Christ as my savior
And that Hell is for those that refuse. 

As I grew older, I wondered
How good people of different beliefs.
Could be destined to spend eternity
With adulterers, murderers, and thieves.

I learned more and more of our history
It defied my indoctrination.
Through Papal Indulgence to bloody crusades
I was given my own revelation

People, by the book's definition
Are sinners, and each is flawed
Yet somehow. we hold expectations
That we've passed down the true word of God

So I can no longer walk blindly
For in my soul, I have realized
That  faith can be found in every heart
And it needn't be organized.

:For If you build it they will misuse it contest

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  1. Date: 3/5/2011 3:53:00 AM
    great write here Joe, and good to see the placement result.

  1. Date: 3/4/2011 5:01:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win. I can just imagine Paula sitting there trying to pronounce some of the words in her contest. Have a wonderful weekend Joe. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/3/2011 8:59:00 PM
    This was really first rate, Joe. Congratulations on your placement! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/3/2011 7:53:00 PM
    Congrats Joe on your HM in Paula's contest with this awesome write and new word luv.. enjoy your very special honor ....

  1. Date: 2/8/2011 9:53:00 PM
    I too have been reversly baptized through education and an in depth look at what was rotely taught us in school. All of this "dereligification" leaves one dazed and confused - it so contradicts the dogma fed into a little boy's head. I agree - it's "in every heart // And it needn't be organized. Joe

  1. Date: 2/6/2011 12:35:00 PM
    Good one..Enjoyed reading this afternoon..Faith is a personal thing for sure...Glad that I stopped by to read your writing ..Sara

  1. Date: 2/5/2011 4:13:00 PM
    Love this. Looking forward to reading more. I give it a seven. Dana'lynn

  1. Date: 2/5/2011 2:14:00 PM
    GOOD word! LOL I didn't check who wrote what Joe especially if it was "in meter" ;) so I'm sure your fishy tail was fine!

  1. Date: 2/5/2011 12:51:00 PM
    A very eye and sense opening write , enjoyed it, Joe

  1. Date: 2/5/2011 12:04:00 PM
    Having also been raised in Catholic schools, I can relate to your poem. The nuns taught us it was the "one true religion," but they stopped short of saying anyone who wasn't Catholic would be barred from heaven. There are good people of all faiths and worship need not be through an organized mass to be meaningful. Well done! Best wishes, Carolyn