why catholic?

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Daily Bible Reflections from St Benedict’s Parish

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Why Catholic?

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Daily Bible Reflections from St Benedict’s Parish

Why Catholic?

The answer is simply because it is the Church founded by Jesus Christ, who is God.

2,000 years ago the Son of God became incarnate on earth; that is, he took on human flesh while remaining fully divine. Jesus Christ walked and breathed, cried and loved, preached and healed.

Why did God’s Son come to earth as a man? Humanity shared a relationship with God but sin broke that relationship. Jesus came to earth as a man in order to repair that relationship. While on earth, Jesus was tortured and killed, and three days later he rose from the dead. Jesus gave his life for our sins so that our relationship with God could be restored. Through faith in Jesus Christ we enter into a new relationship with God so that we can spend eternity with God. 

After Jesus rose from the dead he told his Apostles that he would depart from them but he would not leave them orphans. Jesus promised that he would send his Holy Spirit, the very life of God, to enliven his body of believers. Jesus gave to his Apostles power and authority to govern this body and continue to bring God’s very own life to the world. Through this body of Jesus, his Church, we have access to that new, healed relationship with God.

"The difficulty of explaining 'why I am a Catholic' is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true."
G K Chesterton

We were made in God’s image and likeness, and meant for a deep, loving relationship with him. Due to sin, the friendship between us and God was broken. God didn’t give up on us though. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to take on flesh and redeem humanity. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We are saved from sin and for a relationship with God.

While on earth Jesus established the Catholic Church to continue to bring his life to others through the Sacraments. Through these Sacraments, the Holy Spirit changes us, perfects us, fulfils our every desire, and ultimately brings us to eternal life with God.

In Catholicism we have the fullness of all God taught us and wants us to know. We have access to all the graces that God wants to give to us. Mercy, peace, joy, forgiveness, healing and the true fulfilment of all our desires. Our past and our wrongs are made beautiful by God. Jesus knew what it meant to suffer. He knows your suffering and he wants to unite it with his own suffering so that Resurrection may come about in your situation. In accepting Jesus’ call to follow him and becoming a part of his Church, we have freedom from sin and God’s help to live a virtuous life. 

“Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Do not be afraid to accept Christ and his power. Open wide the doors for Christ.” St John Paul the Great. There is no greater decision you will make in your entire life than to have faith in Jesus Christ for your salvation.