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Angela: We are Catholic, our family is Catholic, so we grew up believing in God, and Jesus, and we follow what the Catholic Church teaches. We have both been studying for Catholic school for 16 years. And then a lot of people are telling us, why don’t you move to Christian religion, and we say no, we have our strong roots, and that is Catholic religion.
We grew up having to go to church every day, literally at 7am in the morning, and we have a quarterly mass, we have annual confessions…it’s a complete package, those 16 years we were really involved with not only just the church activities but also the charity works.
The teaching of the church is to help other people. We came from the Philippines, there are a lot of poor people, and so we have outreach activities. I had this one experience in college. We would teach children who live in shanties beside the river under the bridge. And then the children would bring us to their homes, under the bridge, by the river, and the river is filthy, it’s full of garbage. So you’ll see how they live, and what their situation is, and they’re basically educating us that we are still lucky with our situation. And that we, the educated, need to help them to uplift themselves, and have a better future than staying in that shanti.
Daniel: For me, every time I go to church, there are always some things that are not coinciding with what I believe in. I’ve been always a catholic but I’m looking at the bigger picture. At home we always discuss things: why is this, why is that, and I just think that there are some things that are not coinciding with what I believe in.
Like the pastor was just saying [in mass this morning] that the Church is open. But also about when Jesus Christ was telling people like okay, if you’re not with me, you’re against me. But then, I thought, why would Jesus say that. Why would he say, if you’re not with me, then you’re not coming with me, upstairs. Or maybe there’s something that I missed. But as a person who believes in God and who believes in Jesus Christ, I believe in not downing people, I believe not picking up on religion, like, whether you believe in God doesn’t matter with me. As long as you don’t hurt people, and I don’t hurt people, that’s good with me. Because, as a person, I always believe that whatever you give, you get back. And I always believe: why would I judge another religion, if believe in what I believe, and I don’t hurt other people, that’s it.