Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/25/2014 (8 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Catholics should bond with other Catholics in all things, not just at Church.

To know the way forward, we must look to the past. As the very first chapter Ecclesiastes tells us, "there is no new thing under the sun," meaning that everything we think of as new is actually old and whatever we can imagine has been imagined, and even tried by those who came before us.

Catholic means universal. It's time to apply that to how we live.

Catholic means universal. It's time to apply that to how we live.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/25/2014 (8 months ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Live catholic, shop catholic, faith, shopping, store, YCVF, catholic shopping .com, work from home


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It's the height of modern hubris to think we are the sum of all the world's wisdom, that somehow we are smarter and better than those who came before. It is true we may have more knowledge, but we aren't necessarily smarter. How many things can you think of that were better in your youth than today? Probably quite a few.

If we want to go forward, it pays to look to the past, you'll be startled by the similarities.

As Catholics, there is concern about the direction of our nation, and our faith within it. In the United States, secularism, atheism, cultism, and other threats are growing, chipping away at the fringes of our faith, pulling Catholics out of the pews and into their entrapment.

This is why we have a shortage of priests in the United States. It's why religious vocations are down and the Church is struggling. Is this a new thing? No, the Church has survived this before.

If we look back, just a few hundred years, we can cast our gaze upon a divided European continent. Various governments and entire cities aligned themselves with Protestant denominations and both Catholics and Protestants engaged in epic, bloody clashes. Both sides were bent on the destruction of the other.

In an effort to survive, Catholics held fast to traditional values and practices. Catholics made a point to marry Catholics. They did business with fellow Catholics and they approached their world with a Catholic worldview.

Today, there is no such thing as a Catholic public market. However, there once was and such markets formed the backbone of many Catholic communities.

Yet we still have Catholic hospitals, Catholic schools, and other charities and social services. These are holdouts from a time when Catholics took care of one another in every way, not just on Sundays.

This is right and consistent with Catholic teaching. In fact, the word Catholic is Greek in origin and it means "universal." The choice of word is deliberate, for the word catholic literally means universal.

That means everything you do should be catholic before all else. As a Catholic you should look first to your Church for your faith, the answers you seek, your companion in marriage and your partner in business. If you do this, then you are truly Catholic; you are living Catholic and doing all things in the Way.

Of course, this isn't the seventeenth century. Our modern world is much more tolerant and diverse. Catholics and Protestants are not enemies today, but allies. We are likely to marry outside the Church, and to attend various services on Sundays. We buy and sell from everyone and anybody, more concerned with quality and price than Catholic.

For most Catholics, religious identity is something they wear on Sunday and Christmas, and the rest is secular.

And this is precisely the problem. Do you want to know why the Catholic Church is struggling in the United States? It's because we stopped living Catholic.

It's time to change this. We cannot allow the forces of secularism, atheism, and other isms to eat away at the fringes of the Church, claiming our children, our spouses, and our own faith.

The solution is as ancient as the Church itself. It's time for us to live Catholic -to live universally.

Just as our ancestors did centuries ago, (just as many people still do today, we might add), Catholics need to interact more with other Catholics.

What does this mean? Living Catholic means more than attending Mass every Sunday. It means seeking out Catholics to share faith and meet mutual needs. Date fellow Catholics. Hire your fellow parishioners to work for you. Buy and sell from fellow Catholics.

These interactions are at the core of a strong faith. Not only have we seen them practiced to great effect in ancient times, but we also see them today. For example, Muslims deal with Muslims, Jews with Jews, Mormons with Mormons, Witnesses with Witnesses and so on. This is the secret to the strength of those faith communities.

But how do you accomplish this in a world that appears so fractured and divided? The answer is right in front of you.

As you read these words, you are already sitting at the precipice of a vast, integrated Catholic community that is ready to meet these needs.

Catholic Online, Catholic Shopping .com, and Your Catholic Voice Foundation are separate entities working together under the Catholic banner, working to make a better, more Catholic world.

Whoever heard of a Catholic store for all your home needs? A few hundred years ago there were such things. Catholics purchased from Catholic vendors. Today, they're coming back.

Whatever your needs and wants, Catholics are stepping up to provide these goods and services and options to you.

For example, did you know that Catholic Shopping .com carries the complete inventory of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' books? The USCCB promotes certain books for all Catholics to read, but you cannot get them from their website. However, Catholic Shopping .com has them.

Catholic Shopping .com
also has a wide selection of several thousand items for your home and your life. From decorative products to practical items, Catholic Shopping .com should be the first place you look to find quality items at a fair price.

There's more coming soon, and new products are being added almost weekly, so it pays to check back often.

In addition to items for the home, Catholic Shopping .com carries a tremendous selection of rosaries and religious items including saint's medals and other Catholic books.

For those of you who are interested in making the world a better place by means of Christian charity, there is Your Catholic Voice Foundation. This community is dedicated to doing good in the world by collecting charitable gifts from those who want the blessings that come with kindness. Those gifts are then passed to those in need, and sometimes that need is quite dire. You only need to do this once to see the soul-saving, life-changing power of a single act of generosity.

You can also aid this work by joining Catholic Team Global, membership costs nothing and you can make a difference!

Perhaps you need a job and you're looking for a work opportunity? Catholic Shopping .com is hiring people who are interested in selling Catholic products to their communities by setting up their own stores. You can learn more about that here.

Perhaps you are a very fortunate person and you already have everything you need? If so, Catholic Online features news and commentary shared from a magisterial Catholic perspective. Catholic Online also has information about everything to do with the faith, including biographies of the saints, a prayer channel, prayer requests, candles, a free online Bible and more.

Everything you need to live Catholic is here, right before you. It's time to start living Catholic.

Also, follow us on Facebook!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.



Comments


More Living Faith

5 excellent tips on how to read the Bible Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Bible is one of the most popular published books ever written in the history of life, but also one of the hardest to read and understand. Unlike most books published today, the Bible contains a lot of statements that are full of dates, metaphors and written to ... continue reading


Unholy political positions in the Holy Land Watch

Image of

By Tony Magliano

As the minds and hearts of Christians throughout the world focus on the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, we naturally think of the Holy Land. Throughout much of history, in the land where the world's savior taught human beings to love one another as ... continue reading


200 Christian teachers denied day off for Good Friday Watch

Image of The 2014-2015 school years are the first time in recent memory that officials scheduled classes during both Good Friday and the Jewish holidays.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Rhode Island school district is being sued over the claim that 200 Christian teachers were denied requests to take Good Friday off from work. The teacher's union claims that the decision denies educators the two religious days that they are afforded in their ... continue reading


For the first time in over 150 years -- Blood of St. Januarius liquefies during Francis' visit to Naples Watch

Image of According to legend, Januarius was allegedly born in Benevento to a rich patrician family that traced its descent to the Caudini tribe of the Samnites.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For the first time in over 150 years, the blood of St. Januarius liquefied in the presence of a pope this past weekend. The phenomenon occurred when Pope Francis visited Naples this past weekend. It was the first time the blood liquefied in the presence of a ... continue reading


Church to Canonize Mom and Dad of St Therese, Show the Holiness of Christian Marriage Watch

Image of Pictured: Louis and Zelie Martin, the Mom and Dad of St Therese
For those called to live their Christian life in a consecrated Christian marriage, it is in the domestic church where progress in the spiritual life finds its raw material. The question we face every day becomes whether we live Christian marriage and family as a Christian vocation by responding to grace.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Louis and Zelie married in France in 1858. They had nine children. Five entered a consecrated or religious life in the Church. We have 218 letters which were written by Zelie.  They record the naturally supernatural pattern of a very real, human and devout ... continue reading


Drinking the Chalice of the Lord: Facing Suffering, Struggle and Failure Watch

Image of All of those who bear the name Christian are invited to follow the path of Jesus' struggle, to walk along with Him on the way of His rejection. We too are invited to climb the mountain of His great saving act of unmerited selfless Divine love. Golgotha beckons.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

James was the son of Zebedee and brother of John. From faithful stock, we see in this encounter that some forms of zeal may indeed be genetic. In fact, the zeal in both of these brothers caused the Lord to name them the Sons of Thunder.(Mk 3:14-17) However, human ... continue reading


7 endangering myths Christians believe about other Christians Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Disheartening isn't it? But it has been observed that Christians are divided among themselves. This is not what God wanted, as expressed by the writings in the Scriptures. However, there are some issues between the believers that makes them not united as they should ... continue reading


Josephs Way: Joseph, Husband of Mary, Model for Christian Men Watch

Image of The Dream of Joseph led to the response of a life given over to God

By Deacon Keith Fournier

In an age that has lost its way, because it has succumbed to the selfish pursuit of illusory pleasure, Joseph needs to be lifted up as a model for men who truly want to follow Jesus Christ. It is time for Christian men to follow his example, and become men again. ... continue reading


Pope tells Nigeria's bishops to form united front against terror group Boko Haram Watch

Image of In addition to addressing various issues, the Pope praised Nigeria, with a population of more than 170 million people, and has experienced strong economic growth.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As the emerging African economic powerhouse of Nigeria takes to the polls, Pope Francis, in a stirring message, has urged the country's bishops to build a united front against the Boko Haram terrorist group. Pope Francis' comments came in a letter to the ... continue reading


The way of the cross

Image of

By Tony Magliano

Writing a column on social justice and peace offers me plenty of timely issues to choose from. And I always truly sense from God the exact issue he desires that I write on. I'm not claiming here any special revelation. God's active, guiding presence is available to ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 20:10-13
10 I heard so many disparaging me, 'Terror on every ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 18:2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 7
2 Yahweh is my rock and my fortress, my deliverer is ... Read More

Gospel, John 10:31-42
31 The Jews fetched stones to stone him,32 ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 27th, 2015 Image

St. Rupert
March 27: Bishop and missionary, also listed as Robert of Hrodbert. A ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter