To Identify Oneself As A Catholic

Found this at Fr. Z's, "cards designed to help Catholics identify themselves as Catholics."

I'd like to see a US version that correlated to the Precepts of the Church.

  The 6 Precepts of the Church (The Duties of a Catholic) 
1.To go to Mass and refrain from servile work on Sundays and holy days (I had to learn that when you love someone, you want to be with them.  Missing Sundays and Holy days were a grave sin (CIC 916). that separated me from communion until confession )
2. To go to Confession at least once a year (traditionally done during Lent) (I had to learn that the Sacrament of Confession meant grace.  Did I want more graces? Then go often! Get "clean" often.)
3. To receive the Eucharist at least once a year, during the Easter Season (I had to learn that I needed to receive worthily. Sometimes that means not receiving until I could return to a state of grace through Confession. To receive, I must also be in a state of grace, having confessed grave sin. I must believe what the Church teaches, especially about Transubstantiation and I must fast one hour before receiving.
4. To observe the days of fasting and abstinence
5. To help to provide for the needs of the Church according to one's abilities and station in life God can not be outdone in generosity and so we give away, generously
6.To obey the marriage laws of the Church Our marriage was a Sacrament, our vows and promises were made before God and witnessed by family and friends. We will be true to our words and keep our promises including accepting children freely and raising them in the faith.

And that's just the bare minimum to scrape by...shouldn't we want to/strive to offer more?


Raising {& Teaching} Little Saints said...

I love this! I want to make a card now... :) I'll share it once I get inspired! ;)

Laura O in AK said...

Love this! I haven't been on Father Z's blog for a while and didn't hear about this. I really like your idea for an American version.

Gardenia said...

We all need these reminders. thanks for sharing.

MountainofGrace said...

Wonderful post! I really like the Catholic card.

Allison said...

Erika sounds like we'd all like to see that card and I hope you do make one, you talented gal!

Becky B said...

I think this is great, but before you rush and print a copy of this card, have a considered look at some of the comments on the Catholic Herald site in the UK, where the card is being printed. Some think the wording should be revised a little. It is an important step for some Catholics in the UK, but perhaps it is only a shuffle in the right direction?

Just my small thoughts as an expat (British) currently in Germany.

Becky x

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