December 7, 2004

Girl Talk

It's amazing what sitting up and chatting to friends can do for a person. I have been feeling very down lately and it seems that simply through talking with friends helped a lot. We caught each other up on what was going on in our lives, about our concerns for next semester, and even a little about God.

The part about God was very interesting because we all come from three different backgrounds. I am Catholic, Amanda is Protestant, and Athena is a Christian. I couldn't help but think about how close our views actually were on everything. I also couldn't help but make note of how far the three religions have come in the last 60 years. In the 1950s you would never have seen those three together really discussing things in a civil manner. My dad would tell me stories about how people were always saying that they knew better than the next. I couldn't believe it personally. During the Reformation you certainly would not have found ladies of these three religions chatting as we were. It made me proud to be living in such a time period where these things are accepted and even encouraged.

With Christmas fast approaching I find myself much more into the meaning behind Christmas than the presents. We also discussed our different traditions in each of our families. It seemed that we all had questions and in one form or another our questions were answered. I couldn't believe, and still can't believe, how comfortable I felt discussing God in this way. It was like I could feel his presence there. I think the other girls did too in their own way.

Another thing we chatted about was how the chapel on campus had a different feeling for each of us. I love just going to St. Joe's and praying. Since last fall it has been the place that I felt most comfortable talking with God. It is also a place that I go to to study. It's like while I am in there studing away, God is surrounding me and keeping the distractions away. However, Athena sees it different. She finds it a place to just sit and feel at peace. She appriciates all the artwork and architecture of the building and she even said she enjoys it more now because she knows the names of all the archs in the room. For Amanda, it is just a room. She said she really doesn't feel anything there. I thought it was interesting and asked her why. She told us that she just felt empty when she would be in there. This is what I enjoy most about my friends. We all accept each others views on things and are able to get our own points acrossed without getting into an argument.

Posted by Tiffany Brattina at December 7, 2004 8:38 PM
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If you think talking to Amanda about God civilly is amazing, try talking about God to some of my friends back home. Yeah... Quite an experience.

As far as the Chapel, I have to agree with Amanda. God is everywhere. I can't see how God can transcend a building conceived of man...
But, that's just my opinion.

Posted by: Evan at December 9, 2004 12:03 AM

I read this blog and I feel so close to all of you girls even that I only know one of you. To talk to and about God is a real topic that I like. As all of you know I am Amandas grandmother and I love the Lord. I will pray for all of you and the fact that you are so open to talk about God is such a good thing. Always remember that God is every where. I remember when my grandma told me God was everwhere and I would turn around realk fast hoping to see Him. Love God He loves you.

Posted by: grammy at December 14, 2004 12:39 PM

Thanks Grammy! I love talking about this type of thing with Amanda. And I do believe that God is everywhere, even on the internet! It's a great topic to discuss as long as the people you are discussing it with are open to things that you have to say and you are open to what they have to say.


Posted by: Tiffany at December 14, 2004 4:06 PM

Amanda's grammy is going to make me cry... That's so sweet. :-) I just wish that I could have been there for that talk, dear. I miss you guys and I miss those deep talks that spawn out of nowhere sometimes. But, oh, there's next semester!

Posted by: Karissa at December 14, 2004 7:49 PM
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