Catholicism

"Let thy mercy also come upon me, O Lord: thy salvation according to thy word. So shall I answer them that reproach me in any thing; that I have trusted in thy words. And take not thou the word of truth utterly out of my mouth: for in thy words have I hoped exceedingly. So shall I always keep thy law, for ever and ever. And I walked at large: because I have sought after thy commandments."

PSALM 118(119): 41-45

The attraction of Catholic Christianity lies principally in its great antiquity and its powerful link with the primitive and Apostolic Church. The Catholic Church of today retains the missionary object of the Apostles gathered around Christ when he ascended into heaven and so drew the human reality into the heart of the Blessed Trinity of God (Matthew 28: 16-20). The Catholic Church is the continuation of that story at the end of the gospel of S. Matthew and, in the words of the Fathers at the Second Vatican Council (Lumen Gentium 1), we through the proclamation of the Gospel "seek to bring to all men that light of Christ which shines out visibly from the Church."

Therefore, when we profess in the Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed, that there exists One, Holy and Catholic Church, we hold this truth of the reality of the Church as inseparable from that other primary truth of the Catholic religion, that God exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Catechism of the Catholic Church 750). It is after all through the grace of God Almighty that men and women live and work in his Name and for the greater good of humanity.

The Catholic Church is also a re-presentation of the holy assembly of the people of God as described in the Hebrew Bible, during the formation of the nation of Israel from several nomadic tribes in Sinai and the Levant (cf. Exodus 16: 3 for mentions of a 'sacred assembly' or 'church'). The sacred assembly of the people was intended for a religious person, to grow together in suffering, to witness to the manifestations of God, to appoint hierarchic leaders and, above all, to worship God and observe His commandments as a community, as a Holy People. Christ inaugurated his Church along similar lines to grow together and in his perpetual and Real Presence. Hence, there is a liturgical reality to the Church that precedes the existence of a local community in any one place and the universal community of all Catholics (CCC 752).

The Church is then defined principally by the Holy Eucharist, from which she draws her strength and through which every other communion proceeds. This is fitting, for it was the sacrifice of Christ for the salvation of humankind that brought forth the Holy Church in all her glory. With and in her divine Creator, the Church approaches her final perfection in the fullness of time, through faith in the midst of every trial.

The following pages will briefly introduces various aspects of the Catholic Faith and provide links where appropriate to other relevant websites.