Why Our Catholic Spirituality is so Rich

Good Day:

I have been thinking recently about how spiritually rich our Catholic spirituality really is.

We have:

  • The infallible 73 books that comprise the sacred scriptures.
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church.
  • Papal Encyclicals.
  • Apostolic Exhortations.
  • Historical but still very valuable books such as the Catechism of the Council of Trent and the Catholic Encyclopaedia.
  • Many, many other theological books and documents written by members of the hierarchy over the past 2000 years.

We also have such treasures as the teachings of the saints, devotion to Our Lady, the intensely spiritually rich Liturgy of the Hours, and the teachings of the Holy Father, who has Supreme Authority as Vicar of Christ over the whole Universal Church.

One thing that really has assailed my doubts is the knowledge that the Catholic faith is so very spiritually rich. For 2000 years, the Church has, with the infallible scriptures and eternal teachings of Our Lord, expanded and developed, by coming to better understanding and guided by the Holy Spirit, our knowledge of the Truth.

I am essentially attempting to say that I am always in awe at the spiritual richness of our Apostolic Faith.

God Bless,

IC XC NIKA.

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Don’t forget about the source and summit of Christian life, the Eucharist! Sometimes I just casually think to myself, what if another religion is true instead of Catholicism. And then I ask myself, what other religion has the beautiful idea that God became man to sacrifice himself for us, and that this amazing Incarnation is repeated at every Mass when we literally get to experience God! It’s so amazing and it’s highly suggestive of the divine origin of Catholicism—no human-fabricated religion could possibly come up with something so mystical and beautiful. Glad to see you feel the same way!

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Of course, the Holy Mass, and the Eucharist are on a whole different level!!!

Every time we start a new Bible Study, I am astounded and in awe how scripture supports itself from Genesis to Revelation. There is no way anyone could make it up - it just amazes me. If you have the opportunity to participate in any of Jeff Cavins’ studies, do so. My love of scripture has grown immensely. And this is just one aspect of our spirituality.

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I am very intrigued at how the current practices of the Church, especially the celebration of Mass, reflects the liturgy celebrated in the Old Testament.

There are similar rituals, priests with special vestments, the laying on of hands, altars, the tabernacle, and the list goes on.

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We were studying Cavins’ Bible Timeline and as a new Catholic, the liturgical practices in the OT jumped out at me and I could see where these practices were in the Mass. It’s wonderful!

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It is wonderful, isn’t it! I have a lot of respect for the knowledge that many Protestants have of scripture, but I question their understanding of it if many of them cannot see how obvious the reflection of the OT liturgical practices is in the Mass.

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@catholic03 That is what made my conversion to Catholicism so easy - realizing that the liturgical practices of the Mass are straight from the Bible.

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Yes, it is amazing how much of the old is in the new and the revelation of God’s Law of love in Jesus.

When we sing our Eucharistic acclamation, Holy, Holy, Holy, we should be singing with such joy, praise, and thanksgiving, that we would shake the foundations of our church buildings like the angels did in Isaiah.

In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”
Isaiah‬ ‭6:1-7

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