Here are examples of how individual Catholics experience their faith.
To be a catholic means to follow Christ by the way we lead our lives, to abide by the Commandments we were given and to respect and treat our friends and neighbours and even strangers in the way Our Lord would have done. To accept with humility things don’t always go the way we want, saying a little prayer – ‘if it is His will not mine’ – we will see the way to go. We are given many chances to start afresh and so often we throw it back at Our Blessed Lord. But he never gives up, always gently chiding us to make the right choice.
My Christian faith is the bedrock of my life. I am comfortable in worshipping in other Christian churches so long as we are all trying to live out Christ’s teaching as I understand it; I find that formal worship, however occasional, gives me a necessary structure for the beliefs which underpin my life.
Being a Christian means trying to emulate at least some of the message of Jesus Christ. This is best done within our own community and that of the church, which is wider. Jesus set an example of holy simplicity, mission, service, care and delegation.
As Roman Catholics, we hold a Christian Faith that is Apostolic in origin, with an Episcopal hierarchy, presided over by the Pope.
Our faith has the Eucharist at its core and we hold a belief in seven sacraments, and in the authority of tradition .
We believe in the doctrine of The Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin from the moment of her conception .
Our faith is summarised in both the Nicene and Apostles’ Credes which we recite together at Holy Mass .
As a Christian I believe in Jesus Christ “who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven”. Because of my faith, I feel called to do all within my power, abilities and resources to support the Christian community in which I find myself. Also I feel it is my duty to make myself available to my neighbour, whoever that may be, when needed and by so doing try to make people aware of my faith. Finally I believe we are all called to strive towards the goal of Christian unity so all may be one again.