Pope Francis just said that non Catholics can reach salvation. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because the Church has been teaching that since forever.
I take his message more as a challenge to Catholics. Sometimes when trying to win arguments, we tend to be carried away and lose…
About a year and a half ago, the English speaking world was introduced to the new translation of the Roman Missal. In the creed, we used to say “We believe in One God”, but the proper translation now is “I believe”.
While at Mass, I was trying very hard to focus on what I was proclaiming in the creed. I was feeling the words come off my tongue and thinking about the importance of what I was saying.
As I said “I believe in One Lord Jesus Christ” I realized that this creed is not supposed to be “just what the Church teaches”. It’s not something that I subscribe to because I want to be a practicing Catholic. And it’s definitely not something I believe only within the community.
The creed should be the reality of my Faith—the reality of my life! Too often I catch myself saying “The Church says….” or “As a Catholic I believe…” but why put those qualifiers if it’s Truth? The Creed is supposed to be mine. It is what I believe—what I know to be Truth.
The Creed is true inside and outside the Church. The Creed is what the Saints lived for, what the martyrs died for, and what we are meant to fight for. Make the creed your own. It’s so much more than just what the Church teaches, it’s your salvation.
“This creed cost Christ His life. What does it cost you? Anything? The Creed does not become ours, really, until it cost us our life, everyday…‘I Believe.’” —Father Larry Richards
As a Catholic, I am frequently accused of choosing a life of bondage, a life of unfortunate submission to my faith. But, what others don’t seem to understand, is that the submission they speak of isn’t unfortunate, but a gift from God. It isn’t binding, but liberating. It isn’t sad, but…