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Being Catholic Today

According to the Apostle Paul, the believer enters through Baptism into communion with Christ’s death, is buried with him, and rises with him: (790)

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

The baptized have “put on Christ.” Through the Holy Spirit, Baptism is a bath that purifies, justifies, and sanctifies. (CCC 1227)

As sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, all members of the Catholic Faith are called to bring Jesus Christ to everyone they meet. No believer in Christ, no institution can avoid this supreme duty. (Mission of the Redeemer, Pope John Paul II) Yet, it is wrongful for someone to impose his beliefs on someone else. The Church asks its members to propose the beauty of the Catholic Faith, and allow a response from every individual.

Man is made in the Image of God. For this reason, all men and women are created equal. Catholics are called to be compassionate to all they encounter, especially the poor, the sick, and those most in need. This includes a Catholic’s responsibility to give, according to their financial means, to those in need.

Human interdependence is increasing and gradually spreading throughout the world. The unity of the human family, embracing people who enjoy equal natural dignity, implies a universal common good. This good calls for an organization of the community of nations able to “provide for the different needs of men; this will involve the sphere of social life to which belong questions of food, hygiene, education,… and certain situations arising here and there, as for example… alleviating the miseries of refugees dispersed throughout the world, and assisting migrants and their families.” (CCC 1911)

The Mass, a Sacrament, which is a celebration of charity and unity, is celebrated by Catholics all over the world every day. Catholics are encouraged to participate in this celebration as often as possible, because the Eucharist, where Jesus Christ becomes present to us, is the source and summit of the Christian life. (CCC 1324) It is here, where we remember the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus to save us from our sins. It is from here that Catholics are sent forth to live this Sacrament of Charity and Unity with all around us. Called to be a “sign of Christ” to others, men and women do not abandon the world and their jobs, but are called to love and serve God and others through their place and position in society.