Being a Roman Catholic is unique from other Christian faiths because Catholicism is universal. The tenets of our faith are the same whether you live in America or Australia, Amsterdam or Antarctica. And to better understand all that the Church teaches, we have the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Catechism enables the People of God to have unity in faith, regardless of geographic location.
Here in America, it seems that many identify themselves as Catholic, yet do not support all that the Church teaches and reveals to be true. Many self-proclaimed Catholics, for example, promote the use of artificial contraception, support gay “marriage”, believe women should be ordained as priests, and find cohabitation outside of the covenant of marriage acceptable. These beliefs are outside the unity of our Roman Catholic faith.
We are Catholic. Being a Roman Catholic comes with great responsibility and great dignity. Adhering to all the teachings of the Church may not be easy, but it comes with an eternal reward that cannot be beat. Don’t find yourself being a roamin’ Catholic, wandering away from Church teachings. Instead, become a devout Roman Catholic and discover all the treasures of the teachings of the Church.
Ponder: What are some of the teachings of the Church that are challenging to follow? What changes will be required of you in order to follow Church teachings?
Reflect: Deut 12:32
Pray: Mary, my heavenly Mother, help me to follow Jesus Christ more closely each and every day.
This post was written by Suzy Kelly