Saturday, August 2, 2014
WHY BECOME A CATHOLIC AND WHY REMAIN A CATHOLIC? PART II
But this feeling of belonging can be accomplished through many other religious and/or secular venues. There is nothing unique about Catholicism in terms of feeling like one belongs to a worldwide family with a common faith and mission.
Catholicism goes beyond the horizontal, although the horizontal is certainly important. The Church goes directly to God in a vertical way but with a horizontal twist.
The Church also claims to have the fullness of Truth, meaning God and all our doctrines and morals.
The Church also claims to open the small door and narrow path that leads to heaven.
Ultimately the goal of being a Catholic is the salvation of our souls, nothing more and nothing less.
This is accomplished through Faith and Good Works.
Faith is very personal but needs God's grace and the horizontal support of others. Good Works are very important to salvation too for both faith and good works are necessary. Good works can be very personal and private or we can join with others in religious or secular venues to accomplish good works especially assistance to the needy and sick.
Parishes in the Catholic Church are created to enable Catholics to live sacramental lives, to be taught the truth and to be sent to live as good Catholics performing good works.
Parishes help Catholics to know, love and serve Jesus Christ in this life and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.