Living the Faith: How to be a Better Catholic
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How to Be a Better Catholic
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As Catholics, we are blessed with so many gifts. Clearly, we should
strive to always take advantage of
the many blessings of our Catholic faith and to share them with others.
We must work daily to become better and holier Catholics, especially considering that
"the whole world is under the power of the evil one" (1 Jn.
5:19). We hope the following short list
of suggestions and resources may prove helpful in your quest to become a
the Sacraments worthily and often. If
possible, go to Confession at least
monthly and attend Mass daily. Put it on your calendar so you don't
here for more information on the Sacraments
the Rosary daily
here for more information on the Rosary
well and often, and do not neglect contemplation / meditation.
here for prayer resources on this site
frequent Eucharistic visits (e.g. stop by the church for adoration,
even if you can devote only a few minutes).
here for more information on the Holy Eucharist
the help of the Blessed
Virgin Mary and the
various devotions on a regular basis (e.g. Stations of the Cross,
devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, devotion to the Holy
Souls, first five Saturdays devotion, etc.).
here for more information on popular Catholic devotions
about and attempt to imitate the Saints.
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personal sacrifices to make reparation
for yourself and for others. Remember that our Lord showed us the
way by fasting for 40 days and nights. The apostles also fasted.
Such acts of mortification may bring a wealth of spiritual benefits,
especially when combined with prayers. Mortification can take many
forms, such as: Fasting & abstinence, Making small sacrifices of
one's time, Performing unpleasant duties, Choosing less gratifying
food or drink, Rejecting small pleasures, Purposely wearing less
comfortable (albeit still modest)
clothing. Remember that acts of mortification should be done
privately and prudently. They should not taken to an extreme.
to gain as many indulgences as you are able.
here for more information on Indulgences
sure you know the faith well (e.g. regularly read traditional
catechisms, treatises written by saints, etc.)
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aside time to read Holy Scripture. You should
read an appropriate Catholic Bible under good
direction in order to avoid the trap
of personal or modernist interpretation. Truth is not
subjective or subject to change. Note that non-Catholic 'bibles' may have
missing books and other changes/corruptions (heresy). Do not use
them! Sadly, it should be noted that some modern Catholic bibles may
also be deficient in various ways.
here for the Scripture / Parables section
aside time for other spiritual reading (e.g. classic works, writings of the Saints,
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reminders of your faith (i.e. sacramentals) at home,
in work areas, in your car, and on your
person. The following sacramentals are especially recommended: crucifixes (for each
room), picture(s) of the Sacred Heart
of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, statues, holy
water, pardon crucifixes, etc. Be sure to wear the Scapular and
in appropriate Catholic groups / activities.
here for information on Works of Mercy
your conscience. Be sure to examine your conscience at least
once per day (e.g. at night).
take time to evaluate your spiritual progress. What sins do you most
struggle with? How might you more worthily receive the Holy
Eucharist? Do you perform good works? Do you set a good example for
others in Mass? (Click
here for Church conduct information) Do you make moral
properly? Do you always avoid occasions of sin? Consider what
lifestyle changes may help you to live a holier life
for an increase in virtue and work on acquiring the
frequent acts of love, faith, and thanksgiving. Be sure also to
begin your day with a morning
offering and say grace
both before and
of the Cross
friendships with good, holy Catholics
frequently of the
wasting time on spiritually unprofitable (or harmful) activities.
good, traditional spiritual direction
God's will in all things
you are at war with evil. Be vigilant. If you have trouble with a particular
sin, begin at once to change. It is true that "you may have to act a certain way
before you can become a certain way". In any event, never
best results, make
a firm commitment to do spiritually profitable activities and write
them down as a reminder (i.e. make a 'holiness
plan'). You can begin with a
single step and then work up as you are
able. Surely, something is
better than nothing. For example, if
you can't pray an entire rosary each day,
try to do at least a decade. If you
can't read a whole chapter in the Bible
each day, try to read a portion of
additional assistance & suggestions to increase holiness, consider the resources below.
Spiritual Growth (Topic Page)
Here for 'Increase Holiness' User Tips
Your Faith Reflections
Here for 'Feed Your Faith' User Tips
Practices (Prayers & Devotions Section)
Prayers & Practices
to Do / How You Can Help (Latin
Mass / Catholic Tradition Section)
Fun & Activities Section
& Devotions Section
Our Mother Section
& Take Section
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