13 November, 2010

Co-Workers in the Truth

Taken from an American Bishop's blog. It is a reminder that all Catholics share in the work of building the Kingdom of God. It is NOT a job left to just the clergy alone!

So, what have you done to help the cause lately?

Co-Workers in the Truth


  1. A stronger relationship with Jesus & helping your brothers & sisters is good.

    I learned one doesn't need to be Roman Catholic to do this. I may add following the Roman Catholic Church can easily hinder you to do the right thing.

  2. Tim,

    I came across the word "conversion" in a article on the an RC website which was describing "evangelical catholicism".
    One of the four requirements to be involved in evangelical catholicism it said was "conversion". Can you describe what the word conversion would mean in this context?

  3. Tim,

    Don't know if you saw my question. Can you tell me what the word "conversion" means in the context of the new "evangelical catholicism"?

  4. Tim,

    Re "being a happy Catholic".

    We heard a wonderful sermon this afternoon on Question 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism (1563). This is the introduction to the whole catechism. The Scripture references to support it are too numerous to mention all of them unless anyone wishes to know more. This directly related to the question of what is a "happy catholic". I use the term "catholic" in the biblical sense of meaning universal. Here is the Q. and A. of number one.

    "1. What is your only comfort in life and death?

    Answer: That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ, who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation. Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and make me heartily willing and ready from now on to live unto Him."

    With reference to the part "His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins", the Holy Scripture says:

    "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:7

    "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." 1 John 2:2

    "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater that all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." John ch10 vs27-29

    Would this teaching make a Catholic happy? Are there any that believe it here?

  5. STG: What you write is what puts the lift in my step! I believe every word you wrote... as would any Catholic who knows their faith.

    Fr. Tim

  6. Tim,

    "STG: What you write is what puts the lift in my step! I believe every word you wrote... as would any Catholic who knows their faith."

    Q. and A. number 1 is followed by Q. and A. number 2 which says:

    Q. "How many things are necessary for you to know, that in this comfort you may live and die happily?"

    Ans. "Three things: First, the greatness of my sin and misery. Second, how I am redeemed from all my sins and misery. Third, how I am to be thankful to God for such redemption."

    Do you believe Q. and A. number 2?

    Do you agree no sacraments are necessary for Q. and A. 1 and 2 to be true? Would you agree the promises of God and assurances given in these first parts of the catechism are simply by God's grace through faith alone? (Ephesians 2:8,9)


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