So you’re Catholic? What does that even mean? Are you a Christian? Do you worship Mary?
(yes, yes, and no)
In simple words, my faith is:
To act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
In more words:
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
(The Nicene Creed)
In my own words:
I believe in God the Father who gives us life. I believe in Christ who brings us into communion with God and with each other. I believe in the Holy Spirit who lives with us today in our hearts.
I believe that we are called to build God’s kingdom on earth, a world that respects all humans, whether they are rich, poor, gay, straight, black, white, homeless, housed, or don’t fit into those simple dichotomies.
I believe there are many expressions of prayer and faith. I believe in simple living.
I believe faith is hard, frustrating, beautiful, simple, and worthwhile.
Questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org