This blog hop, we are to takalk about why We love our faith. Well it’s the One True Faith! There I’m done. Okay, I’ll go into more detail. Its hard to narrow down my love for my Catholic faith, but here I will give you 5 reasons why I love Catholicism.
1. The Eucharist
This has to be the top one on my list! People who are not Catholic would ask if we have a personal relationship with Jesus. I’m always flabbergasted by this because it is such an off question. Yes! Not only do we have a personal relationship with him, we have something better. We have intimacy with him!
When we partake of Holy Communion, we receive Jesus–Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. He is in us and we are in him. He runs through our veins. He is in our bodies, with him fueling our thoughts, words and actions.
So, yes, we not only have a relationship–He abides in us, and us in Him. You can’t get closer to Him than that. If there is anything that keeps me grounded in Catholicism is that.
2. The Sacrament of Confession
I’ve talked about confession before. It is the best place to go in order to receive forgiveness and absolution for our sins.
We all want to become Saints! So I need help avoiding the things that leads me into sin.
Jesus told us to be perfect, just as our Father in heaven is perfect. Well, I can’t do that beating myself up over something silly that I did instead of brushing myself off. Confession is where I go to get dusted off and start fresh.
Jesus knew hat we are just human striving to do good in everything. He also knew that we really needed this Sacrament!
This can be touchy for some, but I love that our faith provides us with the authority that we need. We need this authority in interpreting scripture, and even the deeper aspects of the Word that we couldn’t comprehend on our own.
With the teaching authority of the Magisterium of the Church, we are never left alone. There have been very questionable Popes in history (I’m sure people would always like to bring up the “bad” Popes) but what about the good ones? The one that helped up to understand and solve problems that we have today.
I have read Humane Vite that was written back in 1968 and look at the problems that we have today. Only now the world is coming to terms with with the “adult” industry is doing and the harm that it’s causing.
But as Catholics, we understood this already. Our Church has taught this to us. Some of us had to learn the hard way, or some of us could have taken the advice of a loving mother who only want the best for us. We have to decide.
4. The Saints!
My children always ask me how do they become a Saint, and it’s a simple answer– Mary told the servants the simple answer when they ran out of wine.
“Do what ever he tells you.”
I love the Saints all of them (even the ones that I have not learned about yet) because they remind us that God didn’t ask them all to do the same thing.
They were each called in the vocation that they had and that is how they served God. Being a Mom and a homeschooler, sometimes there are dreams that I can go out there and do what God is calling me, but the truth is–I am doing that.
It doesn’t seem glorious now, but I’m storing up my riches in heaven, one gold piece at a time.
None of the Saints thought, “this will make me Saint!” Instead, the goal was to always follow the will of God.
Now, no one said that it would be easy.
5. Mass anywhere, but it’s all the same.
Many people shop for worship services–see if they like the pastor, if his message good. Some people may even say that they tried the Catholic Church but the homilies were lacking.
One great thing that I like about Mass (and there are tons) is that it’s not about the Priest. Some are good at giving homilies and some are not. But this Mass is not centered on what he says for 10 minutes.
The Mass is about the Eucharist (see point one). It’s about receiving Him. Yes, there is Liturgy of the Word where we taught, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist where He becomes present to us, but it never is focused on the Priest himself.
But even if I’m away from my home parish, I can find a Catholic Church near me and go. It’s the same Mass, being offered everywhere all the time!
Yes, there may be language barriers, but you can still attend. I love that. You still know what to do, even if it’s not in the native younger that’s being spoken.
There are so many reasons that I love my faith, but these has to be my top 5. I love reading about history, and the Church has 2000+ years of history! I know I will be busy forever learning about it.
Did these reasons speak to you? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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