Because I’m a Catholic, I profess my faith as outlined in the Nicene Creed:
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
As a Catholic, I adhere to the statements professed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In the words of Catholic Sistas, the Catechism contains 900 pages of explicit teaching on all things of faith and morals and is divided into four parts:
- The Profession of Faith
- The Sacraments of Faith
- The Life of Faith
- Prayer in the Life of Faith
The Profession of Faith explains the Catholic faith within the lines of the Apostles’ Creed in great detail over the course of 270 pages. Next, the Catechism explains the Sacramental life of the Church, fully detailing each of the seven Sacraments and their application in the Christian life. The third part of the Catechism expounds upon vocations, social justice, grace and justification and fully dives into each of the Ten Commandments. Lastly, the Catechism speaks thoroughly for 70 pages of a Christian’s best spiritual weapon, prayer.
When a Christian admits to being subordinate to Holy Mother Church, the simple word “Catholic” packs a very powerful punch. The word “Catholic” expresses more in that single word than a uniquely drafted confessional statement. The word “Catholic” unites more Christians (1.2 billion!), and more quickly (no ifs ands or buts!) than carefully filtered bullet points. The word “Catholic” is known throughout the world.
If you have any questions about Catholicism, feel free to contact me. (Note that my website is really good at automatically deleting messages from trolls so I don’t have to.)