A Committed Catholic is a go-getter. She's not a routine girl or mom. Her enthusiasm doesn't give her breathing space. She's always on the move, searching for greener pastures. If that's you, you're in the right place.
All baptized Catholics hold the title 'Catholic' as long as they have not left the church. Some do not go to church. Others attend Sunday Mass occasionally. Die-hards never miss Sunday Mass. The other group extends its commitment to attending Daily Mass.
But is it all about attending Mass?
Prayer life, character, adherence to the Sacraments, Tithe, and Charity are some of the expectations of a good Catholic. Well, you know all these and are probably getting bored of reading what you already understand.
But first, come to think of this.
Why would anyone go to the extent of attending Daily Mass?
Didn’t God only insist on honoring the Sabbath Day?
I’ll tell you something today.
People who strive to attend Daily Mass know something extra that you may not know. Their inner eyes are wide open. They look at life decades from today.
Does that sound familiar?
If it doesn't, don't worry. Get the facts here.
To become a committed Catholic, you need to partake in the guidelines. As your spiritual eyes open, you will realize the rules and regulations are not made up by the church but are all in the Bible.
Now, this is how you need to arm yourself.
4 Weapons that can Help you Become a Committed Catholic
If you find it too straining to follow the rules of the Catholic church, God will also find it extremely difficult to make friends with you. Then who will befriend you? I don't want to mention his dreadful name.
Take note of these important weapons you need to carry like your android phone which has become a basic need.
- Never ignore the sacrament of confession.
- A committed Catholic does not postpone confession.
- Attend retreats.
- Join the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement.
You can call them the four musketeers of deep Catholicism. Okay, let's see how deep is deep!
Never ignore the Sacrament of Confession.
You can follow all the church rules and actively participate in voluntary activities. Repentance, according to the church's guidelines, based on Bible teachings, is the sure way to freedom. Or should I just call a spade a spade and not a big spoon! Confession is a mandatory sacrament.
Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and Marriage are one-time Sacraments. Partaking in the Holy Communion, and Confession are lifetime Sacraments.
When you receive the Holy Eucharist in a state of sin, you are adding material to the mountain you have built through the lack of confession. It's an act that locks up your inner eyes.
What is a state of sin?
Every human being makes mistakes daily. It’s either through thoughts, words, or actions. I do not think there is anyone who can declare themselves not guilty of sin in a whole month.
Now, you need to live on a schedule. Commitment to Catholicism, which is a dedication to the Lord, is like living on food for life. Remember, food supports the physical body. Adherence to the set church regulations sustains the spirit.
And who is the boss?
If you want to become a Committed Catholic, you need to have a confession schedule. You can confess after a period that suits you. The urgency of confession should push you! It’s possible to repent today, and sin tomorrow! In such a case, you’ll not wait for your stipulated time to lapse!
There is one more thing about confession.
A Committed Catholic does not Postpone Confession
Sin opens a door for easy entry of the devil. Confession closes that door immediately.
Is it not better to seal a leaking roof before the rain comes?
If you don’t, you slowly begin to crumble. The evil one takes advantage of a slight opening. He gets closer and waits for the next mistake with bated breath.
You'll not realize that you're losing your zeal until he has smuggled in a number of opposing forces.
So, what should you do?
Let the evil one never find a home in you.
To get to know more about the importance of regular confession, you need to attend retreats on regular basis.
Vincentian Retreat Centers have transformed many lives. You’ll never be the same again.
The Vincentians have exemplarily given their lives to God. They will teach you until the word sinks in.
If you want a true example to emulate the virtue of giving yourself as a living sacrifice, the Vincentians have it.
Mass takes a maximum of 90 minutes. At Vincentian Retreat Centers, services last the whole day.
Retreats take three or four days. There is ample time to get to know more.
NB: Please note that these services do not replace the Sunday Mass. Mass is the most important ceremony in history. The services are supplements to help Christians build their faith. Anyone with the tag “human being” is free to enter a retreat center. Whether Muslim or Atheist, it doesn’t matter. We are all children of God.
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Away from the retreats, you need to learn how to pray fervently. By the way, when I joined the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, I realized I was actually a beginner. It is another unique lecture hall to tap spiritual wealth from.
Go for it.
Join the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement
Catholic Charismatic Renewal has been alive for more than 50 years.
During my school-going days, I ran after teachers when I didn't get something clearly in class. I'm sure you did too.
A Catholic's main classrooms are Mass and The Bible.
Have you ever thought of a place you would run to for clarity without feeling you are a bother? Catholic Charismatic Renewal is the go-to place.
In this group, you will learn how to consecrate yourself to the Lord. A Committed Catholic goes beyond the primary guidelines.
The gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit are alive in you. You’ll have an opportunity to awaken them and use them for the glory of God.
With constant practice, it will become easier to walk away from sin. God will open your spiritual eyes. Your memory will become upbeat. God will give you a new spiritual name even if you cannot know it or change it on paper.
Becoming a committed Catholic is a calling. You want to be an Abraham, a Moses, an Ezekiel, or a Daniel, and transfer the same commitment to your children. Remember, your children's faith is an exact copy of yours. Are you up for the challenge? A lot is in store for you.