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The Year of Faith

Our Catholic Identity is extremely important. In an age where modern relativism is running rampant, it is incredibly important that we as Catholics remain close to the Church in identifying ourselves with her. However, many Catholics have forgotten (or never were taught) what it means to be Catholic. It is quite possibly one of the greatest tragedies to fall upon the Church when it comes to the matter of our faith.

Fortunately for us, this year in the Church marks the Year of Faith. It is a time for us as Catholics to reconcile ourselves with our faith and to find out more about it. It is time for Catholics to stop hiding from themselves, and to KNOW their faith. It is time to get properly¬†catechized, as many Catholics don’t know the who, what, where, when, why and how of their faith.

This is an important part of being Catholic. As Catholics, we should be spending more time learning about our faith. Most Catholics are under the impression that “hey, I went through Catholic School/Religious Education, etc… when I was a kid, why do I need to keep going?” Frankly, you need to keep up on your faith because you forget things. When you aren’t thinking or using a particular skill set of yours, over time, the skill degenerates. Unlike riding a bike, when you don’t practice your faith, similarly to taking calculus, when you stop doing it, you forget it. (Yes, I did just draw a comparison of the faith to calculus, and yes, I think the faith is DEEPER than calculus, if you don’t believe me, try reading some St. Thomas-Aquinas, Pope John Paul II, or Pope Benedict XVI).

The other reason its important to know about your faith is simple. Our faith tells us that we are to put God first in our lives. The logic is simple, whoever, or whomever is first on your priority list, always gets your attention, regardless of how tired you are or how late it is. If you have a new girlfriend or boyfriend, and they are #1 on your priority list, you make sure that you give them a phone call, text or IM before you go to bed. But God deserves to be in that #1 spot, and spending time in prayer, with Scripture, with a book on the faith, is spending time with God, getting to know Him. And this is what the Year of Faith is all about.

Really, its rather simple on what needs to be done. God needs to be put number 1 in our lives, and then we need to spend time with Him. Being a Catholic is more than just throwing a label on yourselves and going about your merry way. Being Catholic is about living our your Catholic faith the way that Jesus is calling you to.

Each and every one of us is called to follow Jesus, and yet how often do we fall from that path? Often enough. Yet, we can get back on that path every time we stray to get back in line with Christ and His teachings. This does not mean that we can do whatever we want and say “I’m following Jesus, its okay! We’re homeboys!” but to actually follow Him. The best way to know if you are following Him or not, is to read the Gospels. Here you will find out about Him, by reading His own words.

You also need to know your faith. Why? Partly, so that you know why you believe, what you believe. But, secondly, and possibly more importantly, so that you can explain your faith to others. When someone asks you, “why are you a Catholic, when you can be anything else?” you’ll have a reason. On top of that, if someone ever does come up to you and asks you what Catholics believe, you can tell them. It is time that we as Catholics both know and live our Catholic faith and identity.

The Year of Faith has been underway now for a couple of weeks. So, what have you been doing to better understand the Catholic Church?

Read scripture. Read the Catechism. Read Papal Encyclicals. Read the Second Vatican Council Documents. Read good Catholic books. READ. As Catholics, we need to read more. Our Protestant brothers and sisters read on average of 6 books on the faith in a year. What is our excuse now? Its time to stop with the excuses, sit down, and know our faith. Once you know your faith, live it.

Jeff October 29, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

Monthly Spiritual Examination

I’m trying something new out within my prayer life. I always am wanting to have prayer intentions as well as people to pray for, but I can never seem to remember everyone I should be praying for. Its frustrating for me.

So, last night, I sat down with pencil and paper, and began to write down people to pray for. I broke it down into several categories:

Mass Intentions
People to Pray For
Rosary Intentions (per decade)
Divine Mercy Chaplet Intentions (per decade)
My Prayer Life

For Mass Intentions, I do my best to rotate different people or other intentions so that I am not offering up the same intentions every week. There are 3 intentions that I do repeat, and I grab 3 intentions off the top of that list and send them back to the bottom. The 3 intentions I always offer up are 1. For Souls in Purgatory. They need prayers, and the offering up of Mass for them is quite possibly the best prayers we can say for them.¬†2. Myself and my fiance’s relationship. I feel this is important as it is the most important human relationship I can have. If our relationship goes south, that is never ever good. 3. Pope Benedict, my bishop and all the priests that I know. I feel this is self explanatory.

In people I should pray for, these are all my friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers, and anyone else I feel like praying for that has a place in my life. This will be a long list, and it seems to only grow, not get smaller. Sometimes I wish it shrunk, but I have to think of all the importance these people have played in my life at some point.

I offer up each decade of both the Rosary as well as the Divine Mercy Chaplet to someone or group of people that are possibly the most important in my life. For example, the first decade of the Rosary goes to myself, as I need prayers, the second decade goes to my fiance, fourth decade goes to my family and my fiance’s family, and so forth. I have rotated who each decade has gone for a lot, but it started off that I had difficulty finding people to pray for at first, and now, I have to group it up just to cover everyone that I want my Rosary offered up for.

Finally, my prayer life. This is the most important part of each and every single one of our lives. Its important to figure out how you are going to give your time to God each day/week/month and to stick with it. The problem I am having is that at one time I was doing a LOT on a daily basis, and now I don’t do as much. It frustrates me, but I try to load myself up like I did, I do it for several days and then I give up because its too much. I need to rebuild myself, but my pride wants me to load up everything I had. So…I have come up with a list of what I need to do on a daily and weekly basis.

Now, keep in mind, that each one of us will have a different list. Not to mention, you can change it however you want, you don’t have to do it verbatim like I am, this is what I’ve discerned that I need to do. Now, my plan is to keep track daily of what I have done and not done. In a month, I will do my examination again, to find out what I did well on and what I didn’t do well on. If it turns out that I’m failing on 2 things, then next month I will be forced to drop one. If I have done everything daily/weekly, then it might be time to add another item. Start off slow. If you aren’t doing anything right now, pick one thing and do that for a month. After a month, add something else.

Morning Prayer/Reflection (Daily)
Divine Mercy Chaplet (Daily at 3PM)
Rosary (Daily w. Fiance)
Examination of Conscience (Daily before Bed)
Night Prayer (Daily before Bed)
Eucharistic Adoration (Weekly)
Bible Reading (Weekly/ Sat/Sun)

So, starting today, I will start checking everything off. In a month, I will see how I’m doing. Give it a try! I think this will be a good way to start good habits in prayer and your relationship with God will grow immensely.

Jeff June 12, 2012 2 Comments Permalink

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