What does it mean to be passionate about something? The dictionary defines passionate as “showing or caused by strong feelings or a strong belief.” Many people claim that they are passionate about a certain sport’s team, type of music, an idea, or a certain hobby. The list could go on forever. Do you want to know what I’m passionate about? My Catholic faith!
I absolutely love being Catholic! I wake up every morning thankful that God has called me into close union with Him! I feel like the Psalmist, David, when he writes in the book of Psalms 118:24, “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.” We can rejoice and be glad in it, because every step of the day, God is with us! Why do I love being Catholic? What makes Catholicism so great? Well my friends, I am going to break it down for you. This will be the first in a series of posts where I will explain to you bit by bit my reasons that I am so passionate about my Catholic faith!
The celebration of the Mass. This is reason number 1. The Catholic Church is all about community and coming together as one to worship God in all of His greatness. The word Catholic actually means universal. This is a perfect definition for what the Catholic Church is all about! When you celebrate the Mass, Catholics all over the world are celebrating with you. No matter what Catholic church you walk into, you will experience the same order of the Mass - Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist. I have a friend in England who attended Mass on the same day as I did and we were able to discuss the Scripture readings with each other even though we were separated by an ocean! Now that is community!
When we celebrate the Mass, we, the Church Militant, are also celebrating with the Church Triumphant and the Church Penitent. The Church Triumphant are all of the holy souls who are now in their heavenly glory. The Church Penitent are all of the holy souls who are currently in Purgatory. I will touch on Purgatory at another time.
As you can see, when we celebrate the Mass, we are literally surrounded by witnesses, coming together as one! It is so powerful! I absolutely love it!
Melissa is Co-Director for CHE. She is the mom to six children (one in Heaven). She has been homeschooling for eight years and is beginning her third year at CHE. Melissa has been Catholic all her life and attended Catholic schools. Before marrying her husband and starting their family, she was the Business Manager and Compliance Director for a charter school management company.