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Living Our Faith

“For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”
– James 2:26

Our faith is about a relationship with Jesus. Living our Faith is about that relationship with God motivating all that we are, and all that we think, and all that we do.

Discernment Session Recommendations:

Promote understanding the “why” behind the Church’s teachings
Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, “There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church — which is, of course, quite a different thing.” (Foreword to Radio Replies Vol. 1, (1938) page ix). The myths about our Faith are plentiful. Responding to the “why” of Church teachings calls for authenticity and humility; myths de-bunked or not, they shall know we are Christians first by our love.
Prioritize charity and service as the epitome of living out the faith
St. John Paul the Great spoke often of the call of the baptized to live counter-culturally in an increasingly secular world. Our faith is known by the way we live. Charity and service are about giving of one’s self in response to the needs of others – with shocking generosity!
Encourage a deeper personal prayer life
Prayer is lifting one’s heart and mind to God. Very often it is in the midst of suffering that we reach out to God in prayer. Whether out of struggles or in happiness, we pray to get close to God. Intimacy with God is possible and Real. The Mass is the greatest prayer and the Eucharist the way we are physically united with God who loves us deeply.
Build a stronger sense of unity within the parish and increased personal connection to the parish

The development of a sense of belonging precedes believing. A parish that seeks to build upon its sense of unity and create a parish environment that welcomes, loves, and nurtures people is a parish ready to facilitate encounters with Jesus, conversion, transformation, and intentional discipleship.

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