Who is Jesus?
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is God revealing Himself to us in the most humble and understandable way possible. Jesus himself claimed to be God. "The Father and I are one" he says in the Gospel of John (10:30). At this, the crowd prepared to stone him. When he asked for what good work of his they were going to stone him, they replied, "“We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.” (10:33)
Jesus means in Hebrew, "God saves". This is the name given for Him to Mary, His mother, by the angel Gabriel. This salvation comes through the forgiveness of sins, which only God can do. God, in Jesus, His eternal Son incarnate in human flesh, "saves his people from their sins" through His Son's perfect obedience. That obedience led people like us to crucify Him, but through that same obedience Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: "My servant, the just one, shall justify many, their iniquity he shall bear." (Isaiah 53:11)
Resources on the Faith
- The Vatican
- Catechism of the Catholic Church
- Word on Fire (Bishop Robert Barron)
- Bishop Barron Youtube channel
- Catherine of Siena Institute
- Our Sunday Visitor
- Dynamic Catholic
- Busted Halo
- New American Bible
- Daily Readings from Mass
- Living Space (scripture commentary)
- How to practice Lectio Divina (praying with scripture)
- Understanding the Bible
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Promises that Jesus Makes
The Christian Scriptures constantly refer to the newness of life that comes from faith in Jesus. That is His fundamental promise: a new life that begins now and extends into eternity. St. Paul speaks of the Christian as a "new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17). This is a reality that Christians throughout the centuries have experienced for themselves. You can, too.
- Forgive and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)
- Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:39)
- If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free. (John 8:31-32)
- I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
- Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20)
- I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. (John 6:51)
- Whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)
- I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live (John 11:25)
Why the Cross?
How to pray
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that "Blessing expresses the basic movement of Christian prayer: it is an encounter between God and man. In blessing, God's gift and man's acceptance of it are united in dialogue with each other." If faith is essentially a personal encounter with God, then each person will have their own unique response to God's invitation.
Nevertheless, the Christian experience has identified different movements of prayer: blessing and adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise. A version of these aspects popularized by Matthew Kelly (Rediscovering Jesus) is described in this section.
Here are more Catholic prayers to try.
God SPeaks and acts
- Scripture and Jesus Himself: Scripture is written by human beings under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16) Ours is a religion of the 'Word' of God, a word which has come to us in human form, in the person of Jesus. He, through the Holy Spirit, must 'open [our] minds to understand the Scriptures.' (Luke 24:45) Ask for the Spirit's guidance as you begin to read the Bible.
- Sacraments: Through the sacraments God reaches out to us through His Son to offer us grace, healing, nourishment, and forgiveness.
- Nature: Many people feel closer to God when they are in the midst of the beautiful world He has created and called "good". (Genesis 1:4)
- Others: God uses others, especially the baptized, to speak to us through their words and actions, their good example, and through the spiritual gifts given them at baptism through which we experience in a particular way God's love, power and provision for us.
- Experiences: God can move us through beautiful things, frightening events, something we read. He is ever-present (Psalm 46:1)
- The Holy Spirit: Jesus promised the Spirit "will guide you to all truth." (John 16:13) Part of the Christian life is learning to hear that gentle guidance and respond.
- Gratitude: Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful today
- Awareness: When in the last 24 hours were you not the best-version-of-yourself? Talk to God about these situations and ask what you might learn from them.
- Significant Moments: Identify something you experienced in the last 24 hours and consider what God might be trying to say to you through that event or person.
- Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.
- Freedom: Speak with God about how He is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be whom God made you to be.
- Others: Lift up to God anyone you fell called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.
- Lord's Prayer: When His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, He gave them the seven petitions of the Lord's Prayer.
From Matthew Kelly's book, Rediscovering Jesus.
"Faith is above all a personal, intimate encounter with Jesus, and to experience his closeness, his friendship, his love;
only in this way does one learn to know him ever more, and to love and follow him ever more."
Pope Benedict XVI, October 22, 2009, Feast of St. Bernard