What do Catholics believe?
People are Catholic for various reasons. However, there is a common thread that binds all of us together. We belong to a Christ-founded and Christ-centered faith community. We believe Jesus’ truth, share his vision and model our lives after his example of love. We are called to care for one another and to use our unique gifts and talents for the good of the community and the world. Below is a listing of some of our fundamental beliefs and values:
- We believe in God who is our loving Father and creator. God’s love is limitless and overflows into our hearts and lives. God has created us out of His love that sustains and supports us daily.
- We believe that God sent us his own beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who suffered, died, and rose from the dead, to save us and offer us the gift of eternal life.
- We believe in the Holy Spirit who is powerfully present in the church today. The Spirit, given to the church at Pentecost, enables the Lord to continue to be present with us today and to continue his saving mission.
- The Spirit imparts wisdom and knowledge to us and gives us various spiritual gifts, which we are called to recognize, share, and develop to grow in our relationship with God through the help of the same Spirit.
- We work for peace and justice in our world.
- We worship and praise God by living a sacramental life.
- We recognize the need for forgiveness, since our sin harms the community in some way, and see the sacrament of Reconciliation as a means to receive this great gift and heal our relationships with God, ourselves, and others.
- We encounter the real presence – the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ – in the Eucharist and are nourished and fed by the Eucharist on Sundays, the Day of the Lord. The Eucharist binds us with God and with each other, making us the body of Christ in the world.
- We recognize the importance of prayer, which strengthens and defines our relationship with God, and take time to develop an active prayer life. Without prayer we lose touch with our loving God and isolate ourselves from Him who desires intimacy with us.
- We are willing to stand up to opposition and preach gospel values in a world whose values are often contrary to the message of Jesus.
- We are committed to the protection of all of human life, from the moment of conception until natural death.
- We believe that we are stewards of creation and not just its consumers. We believe that the earth and its resources are created and given to us by God and that every human being has an obligation to protect them.