So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Lenten Credo

The Catholic Church, established by Jesus Christ, proposes the path of life for all people.

Therefore, I believe in ...
  1. forming my conscience in accord with the will of God expressed in the Magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church.
  2. the dignity of man (men and women) created in the image and likeness of God. CCC1700
  3. the inalienable rights of freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and freedom of speech (cf. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms), rights that come from God and which should be protected by the state.
  4. demonstrating respect for the person and willing the best for each person.
  5. obedience to my spiritual fathers, i.e., the hierarchy, and all those placed in authority over me by God.
  6. forgiveness of one's persecutors and to return only love when confronted with evil.
  7. comforting the afflicted, sharing in the sufferings of others by providing a safe haven for those in distress, offering material relief, if possible, when needed, and offering appropriate spiritual counsel, hope and solidarity with those who are most in need of assistance.
  8. supporting and encouraging all who seek constructive guidance in professional matters.
  9. the beauty, truth and goodness of God found fully in the Catholic Church.
  10. humbling myself before God and God's children to better serve God and His children, my brothers and sisters.
  11. striving to see and serve Jesus Christ in everyone I meet, even when Jesus presents Himself in a distressing disguise.

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