We have a lot of options (unfortunately) when choosing a Christian denomination. But why Catholic? Why should anyone choose the Catholic faith?
During the RCIA process, we learn a lot about the Catholic faith. At first, it may seem like a lot, but for those with an intellectual mind, there is a vast world of knowledge on the Catholic faith. Why am I Catholic? Well, I discuss the reasons on this site, and I broke them down into 5 sections to help guide you. This website may not go into the depth you are looking for, but it is a place to start.
Intellectual / Theological
I broke down Catholic Beliefs into 3 sections. They are:
- Core Beliefs and the Structure of the Church
- Historical Figures (such as Jesus, Mary, and the Saints)
- The Sacraments (Baptism, Confession, et cetera)
Don’t forget to read the Nicene Creed, which sums up the Catholic faith perfectly.
Why Catholic? Because there is plenty of evidence, as seen in the sections above, from both Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture. I hope that you find these resources useful.
Coming to the Catholic faith, I knew there was a great deal to know about the theology and teachings of the Church; however, what I did not expect was the richness of Catholic spirituality. Catholics are prayer warriors. Whether it is with standard Catholic prayers (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be), or personal prayers said while spending time in the Adoration Chapel, I was amazed at Catholicism’s spiritual depth.
Catholicism is more than routines and rituals. As a Protestant, I thought that I had seen the pinnacles of spirituality, but as a Catholic, I have seen how people can completely devote their lives and give themselves over to Christ. If you do not feel fed in your current church or denomination, I urge you to give Catholicism a try.
Why Catholic? Because Catholicism goes beyond theological teachings and opens up a new depth to our faith that is hard to find anywhere else.
If you have read any of my conversion story (such as here and here) you will know that I was a Protestant that just could not find a church to call home. I wandered from church to church -desperately trying to fit in. Everywhere I went, I never quite felt at home. It was not until I became immersed in the Catholic Church that I started to feel like a part of a community.
One of the great aspects about being a Catholic is that we can share a common faith with people from all over the country, and all over the world. Whether we are visiting a neighboring parish, or we’re halfway around the world, we can find Catholics that share the same values and beliefs as us. This was something that I never fully understood prior to my conversion. Now, I cherish it as one of Catholicism’s greatest gifts.
Why Catholic? Because belonging to the Catholic Church means belonging to the largest body of believers in the world.
Why Should You Be Catholic?
The real question is not “why should you be Catholic?” but “why not?”