So I was watching this video about Acting, which has always been my dream, and one thing they talked about was the necessity of knowing exactly what you believe. Here I am to do a post about what I believe.
What do I, personally, believe about God?
I believe everything in The Apostles Creed.
“I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified died and was buried. He descended into Hell, on the third day, he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of Sins, the Resurrection of the Body and Life Everlasting. Amen.”
That is the bottom line. That is what all Catholics must believe, or they are not Catholic.
Now as for the rest of it-the Catholic Church is amazing in that it gives SO MUCH FREEDOM to think about things in your own way, obviously there are some non-negotiables, but other things are open to interpretation so that people can understand things in the way they will actually comprehend the truth. SO, here are my beliefs–off the top of my head, whether I always feel like i believe them or not.
I believe that God is GOOD, fundamentally and completely, in a way that we cannot even fathom. I want to work on picturing Him, like everything good about The Great Gatsby. He showers present’s we could never dream of on us. He wants the whole world to glitter, hoping we will see it. He wants us to walk in one night and dance with Him and live with Him forever in a blossoming glittering paradise.
He wants us to receive what WE want in our lives. He doesn’t hate our desires, He LOVES them and gave them to us, so that we would have the pleasure of living them out.
He loves ALL of us. It doesn’t matter if we are gay, black ,white, rich, poor, ginger, mexican, Wiccan, anything. He loves every single one of us NO MATTER WHAT WE DO.
He gave us the ten commandments and the Scripture to make OUR LIVES BETTER. He asks that we follow rules like our father asks us not to touch a burning stove. Everything He tells us, He tells us for a reason.
True Catholics are merciful and loving. Those who persecute and judge others, and cut them down within an inch of their life, are acting in an evil manner, completely opposed to everything that God has asked of mankind.
There is right and wrong, but it is not for us to demand that everyone be perfect.
It is hard to try to be perfect, we will never get there, we can, however, allow Christ to make our lives a part of His Perfection.
Okay, now last part of today’s homework…
What are my “Acting Rules”?
I WILL act in a movie that has offensive material, IF it is manifesting a truth about God’s creation. For example, I will be involved in a movie about a prostitute, if it either shows the pain of the situation she’s in, and the problems that she faces, or if it redeems her throughout.
I will not act in a movie that glorifies something that I believe is sinful, or attacks what I believe is holy. For example, her story about a movie where a Priest and a woman have an affair AND end up brother and sister in the end? That’s disgusting.
I will find a spiritual director, who I will ask for help and discernment in everything I do.
I will find a counselor-unless the spiritual director meets that need, in order to deal with my emotion spirals.
I will be involved in a wholesome community, so that I do not get a big head, and so that I always have something rooting me to Christ.
I will attend Mass and Adoration as frequently as possible, no matter the sacrifices.
I will do everything I can, the best I can, to become an amazing actress, because God has given me a wellspring of desire for that, and that is a gift that very few people have, and I am spitting in His beautiful Face, by refusing to use it.