Being Catholic Today

As members of the Catholic Church in today’s world, believers are called to share their faith with the wider community. As we follow in the footsteps of Christ, we witness to our faith in many ways: how we raise our children, how we interact with friends, family and coworkers, and how we engage in modern culture. The Catholic Church takes seriously the call of Jesus Christ to care for all of our brothers and sisters.

The beginning of Catholic belief is God’s revelation. We believe that God loves us and desires to be in relationship with Him and with creation. We believe that God’s reveals himself in numerous ways, but particularly through the revelation of his Word, which comes to us in two forms – Sacred Scripture (written) and Tradition (unwritten). The ultimate sign of God’s revelation is the Incarnation – God becoming human in Jesus Christ. The Incarnation is the ultimate sign of God’s love for God’s people.

God has revealed the nature of God's very self to us as Trinity: three divine persons of one nature. We worship one God in three divine persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Church was founded by Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and carried forward through the ages by the Apostolic Tradition. The Paschal Mystery – the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – is the central mystery of every liturgical and sacramental celebration, most especially the Mass, which is the “source and summit” of our lives as Catholics. Each sacrament is most fully celebrated with the community of faith.

The Mass is the central, binding celebration of the Church. We are nourished and fed by the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. The presence of the Risen Christ is revealed throughout the sacred liturgy and in the community gathered as the Body of Christ, in the Word, in the Presider, and most especially in the Eucharist (the Body and Blood of Jesus). The Lord Jesus also calls us to be forgiven of our sins and restore our relationship with God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

As the living Body of Christ, Catholics are called to be light amidst the darkness. Our lives are to serve as a witness to the power of the Gospel. We are called to serve one another, just as Jesus served. We stand up for our faith and beliefs even if this means that we might suffer. The Catholic Social Teachings of the Church call us to respect the dignity of every human person – from the moment of conception to the end of natural life. We are called to care to the poor and our environment, ensure just working conditions for all, and work towards an economic system that allows for equal treatment of people.

We believe that we are united with the angels, the communion of saints, and with Mary, the Mother of God. Catholic-Christians are called to model our lives on their holy example. We pray to Mary and all the saints so that they may pray and intercede for us before God. Personal and communal prayer is a hallmark of our faith. We pray to strengthen our relationship with God and to grow in faith and love. We are united with all believers throughout the world – the universal Church – each week as we gather for the most important of communal prayers: the Mass.

 

 

 

 

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