God 'determined to call together in the holy Church those who believe in Christ'

Lumen Gentium

Faith and Life

About Our Faith

 

I believe in one God

The Catholic faith is the body of belief held by Catholics. It has been revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who leaves it for us as our means of salvation.

Speaking to his Father in the power of the Holy Spirit just before he died on the Cross, Christ exclaimed, “Father, … this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17,3). Such knowledge is the purpose of every Catholic’s existence. It is left to the Church as the deposit of faith, consisting of everything taught to the apostles by Our Lord and passed on by the same apostles. Built on the foundation stones of Saint Peter and the apostles, with Christ as the cornerstone, and commanded by Our Lord to, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28,19), the Church has a divine mandate to pass the faith on, to catechise, in a way that is faithful to the Tradition established by Christ and guaranteed by the Magisterium of the Church to be true.

The knowledge that the Catholic faith gives is not, however, a merely intellectual knowledge. More importantly, it gives us a living relationship with Jesus Christ. Through soaking ourselves in the faith of the Church, we become holy, and inspired to live not just for ourselves but for God and for our neighbour. This is the purpose of our existence.

We also know, through the gift of faith, that this earthly life is a preparation ground for the bliss of heaven. So knowing God by faith can inspire us to live for him at every moment, despite the problems we all face, because we know that he is waiting for us in heaven. And the good news is that all men and women are destined for heaven, where, as Saint Augustine of Hippo said, “There will be no more sorrow or trials”, and where we will see God face-to-face.

Faith offers us the exciting prospect of conversing with God, in learning and understanding his ways. When we start on this journey God reveals himself little by little, teaching us that he is close. In fact, our faith tells us, God is so close that he actually lives within us.

In this section, many topics are introduced. The aim is not to give an exhaustive account, but rather to offer an introduction to the main teachings of the Church. Links are also provided to external sites where you can find out more.

Indeed it is worth bearing in mind the reason why it is a good idea to think about what we believe: we need to understand our tradition in order to dialogue with today’s culture.

The Catholic faith is the body of belief held by Catholics. It has been revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who leaves it for us as our means of salvation.

Speaking to his Father in the power of the Holy Spirit just before he died on the Cross, Christ exclaimed, “Father, … this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17,3). Such knowledge is the purpose of every Catholic’s existence. It is left to the Church as the deposit of faith, consisting of everything taught to the apostles by Our Lord and passed on by the same apostles. Built on the foundation stones of Saint Peter and the apostles, with Christ as the cornerstone, and commanded by Our Lord to, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28,19), the Church has a divine mandate to pass the faith on, to catechise, in a way that is faithful to the Tradition established by Christ and guaranteed by the Magisterium of the Church to be true.

The knowledge that the Catholic faith gives is not, however, a merely intellectual knowledge. More importantly, it gives us a living relationship with Jesus Christ. Through soaking ourselves in the faith of the Church, we become holy, and inspired to live not just for ourselves but for God and for our neighbour. This is the purpose of our existence.

We also know, through the gift of faith, that this earthly life is a preparation ground for the bliss of heaven. So knowing God by faith can inspire us to live for him at every moment, despite the problems we all face, because we know that he is waiting for us in heaven. And the good news is that all men and women are destined for heaven, where, as Saint Augustine of Hippo said, “There will be no more sorrow or trials”, and where we will see God face-to-face.

Faith offers us the exciting prospect of conversing with God, in learning and understanding his ways. When we start on this journey God reveals himself little by little, teaching us that he is close. In fact, our faith tells us, God is so close that he actually lives within us.

In this section, many topics are introduced. The aim is not to give an exhaustive account, but rather to offer an introduction to the main teachings of the Church. Links are also provided to external sites where you can find out more.

Indeed it is worth bearing in mind the reason why it is a good idea to think about what we believe: we need to understand our tradition in order to dialogue with today’s culture.

Photo from English Martyrs’ Church, Wallasey, courtesy of Alex Ramsay.

 

Much of the material contained within this section is courtesy of the Diocese of Salford.