It’s cool to be Catholic!
CATHOLIC ROADS …
The Bible speaks of a holy highway (Is 35:8). Apparently, it can be entered everywhere because its location is not defined. It is universal — Catholic. Thus, we call the life of pilgrimage “Catholic Roads.” It is a holy way of living. It is the Way! The Truth! And the Life! (Jn 14:6). You cannot follow our Lord without becoming a pilgrim yourself. This is not your home; we’re just passing through. That’s a key element of discipleship and a little secret that everyone should know.
CATHOLIC HISTORY …
THE CHURCH OF ACTS
The Catholic church is the church started by Jesus. It is the church you read about in the Book of Acts.
THE GIVER OF THE BIBLE
The Catholic church gave the Bible to the world. The Bible is the book of the Church.
A WORLD WIDE FAMILY
The Catholic church is one church and a worldwide family (Mt 24:14).
THE CHURCH TODAY …
The Catholic church includes people from every race. You will find us wherever there are people. We are a single Church (Jn 17:21) with a unified family all around the world — each following the same faith and doctrine, and all sharing in the same prayer and missions everyday with 1.2 billion other Catholics.
We still believe what Jesus taught His disciples and still practice the same faith that was practiced by first century Christians. We have never broken away from this faith or altered it. And we have preserved the documents and teachings from the early Church fathers which give great detail about the faith of the first-century church.
LASTING IMPACT …
The Catholic church has made a lasting impact on the world in other ways too.
- We are the largest charitable organization in the world.
- We educate more children than any other organization in the world.
- We gave the world the “scientific method” for research and exploration.
- We have been the primary, enduring supporter of the arts in the world for about a thousand years.
- And we have preserved the faith that Jesus taught His disciples 2,000 years ago. We still do the same things in the same way that Jesus taught His disciples to do them.
How’s that for starters!
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? …
“How did the Catholics get all the churches and shrines at all the historic sites in the Holy Land?” an annoyed man asked out loud during a recent tour of Israel. “Where are the sites with Protestant churches and shrines?”
“They were here when it happened,” his wife responded. A provocative silence fell upon the group made up mostly of Protestant clergy. The very idea still causes many to pause when they consider what was in front of them then — and now.
CATHOLIC COOL …
“Shrines! Wines! And Interesting People!” It’s more than a cliche. It defines the cool factor of being Catholic. And why would anyone be surprised that it’s cool to be part of the family that was “there when it happened“? Why wouldn’t it be cool to be part of “the thing” Jesus started during His short mission here on earth as Emmanuel!
Living Catholic is a journey. It’s a pilgrimage. And it’s really cool to go out on Catholic Roads everyday. Check out the short video below for a whole, different perspective on being “Catholic Cool”.