Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture are the two lungs that breathe the fullness of life into the Christian faith. Trying to live out this faith with only one lung is inviting a life of labored breathing. Breathe in the fullness of life that God breathed into His Church!”
Excerpt from Reason2bCatholic: A Cradle Catholic Guide to the Good, True and Beautiful of the Catholic Faith
Catholicism is best experienced from the inside out. I’m not the first to make such a claim. Akin to a beautiful stained glass cathedral window an observer would experience quite differently an artist’s work from outside the glass – so it is with Catholicism.
My Daily Bread: A Reason2bCatholic blog attempts to draw the observer inside to see what the artist fully intends to share. When viewed through the right lens, from the proper side of the glass, if you will, the light can shine, illuminating and revealing the vibrance, radiance, and splendor Christ intends of and through his Church.
There are some, of course, who protest the Catholic Church’s teachings. Such protestations have continued to splinter and fissure over centuries to present day. The result: Over 35,000 Protestant denominations and the subsequent confusion and divisions that have wreaked havoc about even basic tenets of Christianity.
Yet, still today the Catholic Church remains grounded in the one true faith, through an unbroken line of apostolic succession and faithful shepherds from St. Peter, the first pope, to Pope Francis today. She is guided by Holy Scripture (The Holy Bible) and Holy Tradition, and the teaching authority of the Magisterium; and preserved from doctrinal error by the Holy Spirit.
Through the Church and her members, the Body of Christ, Christianity is proclaimed in every nation on every continent around the globe. Every race and nationality is represented. Every rung on the socio-economic ladder is in place. Catholicism is as much a home for saints as it is a hospital for sinners; truly universal, some would say truly catholic.¹
Sadly, even fellow Cradle Catholics seemingly miss Christ’s loving invitation to dive into the true, good, and beautiful found in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church and her teachings: the sacraments, the Communion of Saints, Mary as Mother of God, prayer, the healing power of Confession, the sanctity of life and marriage, to name a few. Such was it for me until I began to mature in my Catholic faith and understanding in my late thirties.
We are not an apologetic work. We are not here to argue. There are terrific Catholic apologists, many of whom we will link to and reference. Rather, we exist to draw Cradle Catholics, non-Catholics, agnostics, atheists, Protestants (our separated brothers and sisters in the Christian faith), and others into fellowship with Jesus Christ and his Church — to view and experience all the Christian faith is meant to be for everyone.
In the spirit of Saint Bernadette Soubirous, Our Mission is to inform, not to convince.”
So, I invite you to let your heart be open. Be not afraid!
¹ The word catholic is derived from the Greek adjective katholikos, (kata-) “according to” and (holos) “the whole”; the original sense of the word is “universal”. The earliest evidence of the use of that term is the Letter to the Smyrnaeans that Ignatius of Antioch wrote to Christians in Smyrna in the earliest 2nd Century, about 108 A.D. Exhorting Christians to remain closely united with their bishop, he wrote: “Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.” By Catholic Church Ignatius designated the universal church. Ignatius of Antioch is also attributed the earliest recorded use of the term Christianity.
What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end.”
Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, October 2011
Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us.
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.