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Pope BenedictXVI leads us into “The Year of Faith” from October 2012 to November 2013.
As a Catholic I am calling on all Catholics to re-acquaint themselves with the Church. If you consider yourself to-be non practicing or a “Cafeteria Catholic” this is a great time to do some soul-searching. You might not be in full communion with the church or otherwise indifferent to her teachings. We have to remember that the teachings of the Church is the teaching of Christ himself!. There is not anything any Pope of Bishop can ever do to change that. This is why our Church has stood strong for over 2000 years on Faith and Morals. Never once did Jesus ever say in the bible we can change or compromise on his teaching when society see’s fit and it becomes the norm. If we are to Live in the spirit we are to walk in the spirit .You are certainly allowed to have opinions and be able to think for yourself, however this will never magically change Gods stance.
Perhaps you need to attend Mass as you have not been in a while. Perhaps you need to have your children receive the sacraments, Perhaps you need to read your bible or to re-familiarize yourself with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Why do we have a Mass as opposed to a “Service”? Why is the church so adamantly against abortions? Why cannot Catholics divorce? Whatever your objections are, be sure to re-examine the why. You may discover something you were unaware of that may change your stance,or in the least help you understand it better.
For those of you who feel you are in full communion of the church, you may go to Mass regularly and feel you are doing everything to the best of your knowledge and ability. There is always plenty more to learn. Read a good book. Read or re-read your catechism. Be ready for questions. Study apologetic you have not yet learned.
I personally will be making a deliberate effort to attend Mass regularly and to continue studying Catholic Apologtics. My two eldest sons will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. I am so excited for them and cannot believe how timing can be so perfect. I will also be encouraging my sister to attend Mass more often as well. In efforts to keep me focused, along with prayer, I will be blogging and ordering the EWTN channel from my cable company!!
Here are some websites that I have found to be quite informative : :
Catechism of The Catholic Church http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM
Biblical Evidence for Catholicism by Dave Armstrong Apologist . http://socrates58.blogspot.ca/
The Advent- The Catholic Encyclopedia http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/
Scripture Catholic by John Salza – http://www.scripturecatholic.com/index.html
EWTN Global Catholic Television- http://www.ewtn.com/
O God our Father, in Jesus you call all Christian families and homes
to be signs of living faith. By the light of the Holy Spirit,
lead us to be thankful for the gift of faith, and by that gift
may we grow in our relationship with Jesus, your Son,
and be confident witnesses to Christian hope and joy
to all we meet. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.