C A T H O L I C I S M – explained

Many people think
Catholicism sounds too good to be true.

But, they don’t really know God.
– Doug Lawrence –

enthusiastically accepts
and encompasses the fullness
of all God’s revealed truth
wisdom, power and grace
faithfully handed down
from Jesus Christ and the Apostles
and translated into a particularly
fruitful, holy way of life
both temporal and eternal.

Catholics worship one God
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Three divine and distinct persons
of one and the same eternal, godly Essence
who, in perfect unity
constitute the one, true God.

Catholics know God the Father
as the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth
who brought all things into existence
from nothing at all
through the the awesome power
of his Eternal Word.

Catholics confess that Jesus Christ
is the Eternal Word of God
the second person of the Holy Trinity
the only begotten Son.
God from God, Light from Light
who took on flesh and became man
in order to redeem mankind
from the consequences of Adam’s sin
which is perpetual slavery
to Satan, sin and death. 

Catholics acknowledge God, the Holy Spirit
as the infinitely powerful, divine advocate
comforter, guide, prophetic inspirer
Lord, and giver of life
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

The creeds have much more to declare about our awesome God.
Links to the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed
have been provided, at the bottom of the page. 

Catholics declare the Holy Bible
(The authentic, Canon of Sacred Scriptures)
to be the Holy Spirit inspired, inerrant
infallible, written Word of God.

The Holy Catholic Church is the Authentic, Original
Universal, Evangelical, Bible Writing and Believing
Hymn Singing, Charismatic, Pentecostal
Jesus Declaring, Holy Trinity Worshiping, Apostolic
Holy Martyr, Full Gospel, Devil Crushing
Salvation Proclaiming, Mass Going, Eucharistic
Grace Dispensing, Devotional, Teaching
Preaching, Sanctifying, Civilization Building  
Faith Affirming, Church Erecting, Sin Confessing
Sacramental, Rosary Praying, Holy Water Sprinkling
Sinner’s Hospital, Charitable, Fasting, Almsgiving
World Wide, Pray Without Ceasing, Divine Mercy
Mystical Body of Christ, Healing, Miracle Working
Commandment Keeping, Resurrection Proclaiming
Baptizing, Militant, Suffering, Triumphant, Exorcising
Holy Spirit Guided, God the Father Glorifying
Missionary Church, that was personally founded
authorized, empowered and perpetually guaranteed
by Jesus Christ, while he still walked the earth.

For the Glory of God, who never fails
and for the edification of the Holy Church
Catholics, in Communion
with all the Angels and Saints
honor and venerate (but do not worship)
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God
because Jesus honored her
and Jesus continues to honor her.
(Luke 1:26-55)

For much the same reason, Catholics
honor and venerate (but do not worship)
all the holy Saints who, loving God
invoke the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
in every place
and whose prayers are offered upon the golden altar
which is before the throne of God.
(Revelation 8:3-4)

Catholics acknowledge
the Roman Pontiff: The Pope
as the undisputed leader
and earthly head of the Universal Church
because that’s the way Jesus personally set things up
and because the proverbial “buck”
has to stop, somewhere.
(Matthew 16:17-19)

Catholics believe in the power
of grace-giving Sacraments
seven in number
instituted for us by Jesus Christ, himself
not the least of which
are the great Sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation
through which membership into the Holy Church is obtained
and all our sins are duly absolved and washed away.
(Mark 16:16)  (John 20:23)

The primary work of the Catholic Ministerial Priesthood
is to offer acceptable sacrifice to God, on behalf of his People.
(Hebrews 7:11-28)

Catholic Priests act and serve “In Persona Christi”
“In the Person of Christ”.
(Luke 10:16)

As such, the Catholic Ministerial Priesthood
is, always has been and always will be
an exclusively male fraternity.
(Hebrews 6:18-20) 

Catholics acknowledge the existence of human corruption
at various levels, within the Holy Church.
But, even Jesus had his Judas
and God’s grace remains sufficient.
(Matthew 26:21-25) (2nd Corinthians 12:9)

At the consecrated hands
of duly ordained Catholic Priests
by the power of the Holy Spirit
through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Jesus Christ
is made sacramentally present for us
in the Holy Eucharist
under the sacred auspices of bread and wine
where we solemnly and collectively
offer him up to God the Father
for the needs of the Church
and of the whole world.
(Luke 22:19-20)

Jesus Christ
the only begotten Son of God
true God and true man
IS, always HAS BEEN and always WILL BE
the ONLY perfect and divinely ACCEPTABLE
atoning sacrifice
for the sins of the world.
(1st John 2:2)

When Jesus becomes present for us
on the holy altar, at Mass
his saving work on the cross
is remembered, renewed and re-presented
in a very special way
but he is not crucified, again.

(1st Corinthians 11:24-26)

Catholics are Eucharistic People.

Jesus Christ
our Divine Savior and Holy Redeemer
is really and truly present
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
body, blood, soul and divinity
through which properly disposed Catholics
faithfully, personally and communally
acknowledge, affirm, acclaim
worship and graciously receive him.
(1st Corinthians 10:16)

Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen, I say unto you:
except you eat the flesh of the Son of man
and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. 
He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood
hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day. 
For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. 
He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood
abideth in me: and I in him. 
As the living Father hath sent me and I live by the Father:
so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me. 
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Not as your fathers did eat manna and are dead.
He that eateth this bread shall live for ever.
(John 6:53-58)

Joyously proclaiming our heart-felt
everlasting appreciation, gratitude, praise, honor
hope, love, fidelity and benediction
we remember Jesus’ saving work on the cross
we profess his glorious Resurrection
and we declare his total victory over death and hell
until he comes again.
(Acts 2:21-24)

Supersubstantially fortified
by the Risen Christ, in this way
we’re empowered and encouraged
to go out
and actually BE like Jesus.

Perfectly loving God and loving our neighbor
is the prescribed way of showing our
gratitude and respect for God
while upholding the key, moral tenets
of his Divine Law.

But, even should we fail
all is not lost
since, according to the New Covenant
forgiveness, absolution
and a fresh infusion of Divine Life
remain constantly and freely available to us
through Our Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ
and the grace empowered
merciful, work, worship
sacraments and devotions
of the Holy Catholic Church.

Catholics believe there will be a bodily
physical Resurrection of the Dead
and a General Judgment
when Jesus returns, on the Last Day.
(1st Corinthians 15:51-52)

We believe that all the just
will dwell eternally with God
on a totally renovated and fully restored
“new” heaven and “new” earth
while the unjust will be
sentenced to an eternity in Hell. 
(John 5:29)

As faithful, Baptized members of the Holy Catholic Church
the divinely designated, New Testament beneficiaries
of God’s powerful graces, inestimable love and tender mercies
we hope to obtain eternal life.

(Hebrews 9:15-20)

FREE Download  C A T H O L I C I S M  – explained  (PDF)

Further Study: The Nicene Creed (PDF)

The Apostle’s Creed (PDF)

Obtaining Eternal Salvation In and Through
Our Lord, Jesus Christ and his Holy Catholic Church – PDF