Be Christian First, Then Catholic

A few weeks ago my Youth and Young Adult Minister shared with us what he gained from participating with LA Catholic Congress last March. What he said completely changed how I viewed myself as a Catholic.

“Before you become Catholic, you need to be Christian. Being Catholic is your faith, being Christian is to be Christ-like”

Jesus left Saint Peter to build the church and from that point on the Catholic Church was born. But if we looked into the life of Jesus he didn’t preach about Catholicism but rather he shared a lifestyle. A life of being righteous and just. A life filled with love, compassion, service and selfishness. Christ taught us to be more like him, a lifestyle of saying good, doing good and being good.

So where does this fit in with our lives? Simple – it redirects in how we share our faith with the people we come across. Our actions are a reflection of what we believe. St. Francis of Assisi understood this concept in his quote “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” We should being living the Gospel because as Catholics we believe that God is present in the Word.

To share our faith is simply sharing Christ with others. So if Christ is Love we share our faith by sharing love to others. We are all called to live the Gospel, to be Christians or Christ-like. Our purpose is to share and receive LOVE not our religion. Choosing to be Catholic is the choice of the individual. To be Christ-like is the life Christ called all of us to accept.

Share Christ. Stay Blessed.

-jon jon-

About Jon Jon

Welcome to Glorified Supply Co. We are a retail business that supports, encourages, and shares good deeds. My name is John Ulep, but please call me "Jon Jon". Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog and our online store. I am blessed and grateful to have people who support my brand and my mission to DO MORE GOOD through GOD. "That in all things God may be glorified"

Posted on November 14, 2011, in Catholicism, Christianity, Current Events, Devotional, Jesus, Journal, Lifestyle, Pre-Launch and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I completely agree. This message is so simple, yet, some people find it hard to teach… You’ve done an amazing job. Thank you!

    This is a great pre-launch post for all of us bloggers to read before we dive in!

  2. I agree to a point. But Catholicism and Christianity are inseparable otherwise you unaware proclaim heterodoxy instead of orthodoxy.

  3. Gadel – I apologize for not getting back to sooner. I agree as well. I guess what I’m trying to say is when Jesus walked this earth 2000 years ago his disciples were called Christians (Acts 11:26). Catholicism is being Christian, and it goes hand-in-hand. Thank you for the comment

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