"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sharing our Catholic Faith - A Practical Guide

Sharing Our Catholic Faith - A Practical Guide (by Fully Catholic )

The word Catholic means universal; and a basic aspect of our Catholic faith is that of spreading it or rather sharing it with others. One of the real beauty of our faith is to come to Jesus Christ in a real and powerful way. It can be equated to that of a priceless treasure or a pearl of great price. The great thing about this experience; the beauty of this treasure; the real value of this pearl of great price is that there is more than enough of it to be shared with the whole world. In fact, the Catholic faith attains its real value when it is shared with others. The Catholic faith is something that is alive - in fact very much so - and active.

Our Catholic faith is not meant to be an experience that is restricted to the time spent in church or religious assemblies, but transcends way beyond these boundaries into every facet of our being. If our Catholic faith is not lived in this way, then it becomes but another temporary fad. Speaking of which, there is a very dangerous trend that is currently taking place, where a number of religious items, in particular rosaries, of being worn as fashion statements. This is something that I believe that we as Church must guard against since it undermines and belittles much of our faith. I will not go too much into this at this time as it is something to address and pray about in later articles... Read More!

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