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So my point that I'm trying to make to my lj friends is this. When I write these things, obviously if you read them you can tell that I write them from a position of truth. In other words, I am writing from the standpoint that I strongly believe that my faith is true. But I just want to make clear, and I think most of you understand this about me, is that being confident in my faith in no way means I'm any less accepting of yours (or your lack thereof). Part of my faith teaches me to be compassionate and loving and accepting of everyone, no matter what they believe. I've always felt that they best way, in real life, to show someone the power of my faith is simply to live it to it's fullest capability. So I strive to be the best Catholic Christian that I can be so that people can't look at me and say, "Oh, what a hypocrite. He claims to be a Christian but look at the way he lives his life." Instead I want them to look at me and say, "Wow, that's what it means to be a Christian. I think I'd like to learn more." But I just want to make clear to everyone, if you haven't already figured this out about me, that in no way will I ever look down on someone or judge someone or anything like that simply because they believe differently than me. We all are on a constant search for meaning in this life, and that is something I can truly identify with. And while I believe I have found my meaning, it doesn't mean that I think anything less of you because you have not found the same meaning that I have. Because of my faith, and what I believe, and because I believe that Jesus Christ truly is the Son of God, of course it is my hope that all will someday believe as I do. But that does not mean that I will think any less of you because you don't. Whether you have come to faith yet or not, I consider everyone to be my brothers and sisters, and I hope and pray to God that I can always have nothing but a heart filled with love for all of you. And I just thought that since my writings at times are obviously very Catholic, and very confident in nature, that I should at least mention this, because the last thing I want to do is alienate anyone.