The Concept of Church, Faith, and Prayer in Catholicism

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The Concept of Church, Faith, and Prayer in Catholicism There is no doubt that the fundamental idea of Church, faith, and prayer lived by the early Christian, needs to be rediscovered among many contemporary Christians. The conviction that the apostles had to preach the Gospel of Jesus certainly was aided by their idea of Church, faith, and prayer. In his book “Catholicism: A Journey to the Heat of the Faith”, Father Robert Barron tries to revive the idea of Catholicism that seems to weaken and lose its real sense. With my understanding of Church, faith, and prayer, I argue that because of the lack of understanding about Catholicism that exist today in our midst, many people fall short about what Catholicism really means. However, it is …show more content…
Abraham believed in God’s promise to him, and without delayed, he obeyed God’s command that he should leave from his own land to inherit a new land unknown to him. Although Abraham found favor with God, his faith was not exempted from being put to the test. The sacrifice of Isaac that God asked from Abraham would prove how faithful and obedient he was to God although, it seems like a contradiction with God’s previous promise to Abraham. As God tested Abraham’s faith, man is also confronted with real situations where God’s faith in man asks for a greater commitment from us. However, when people see that their religious belief is compromise, fear tends to control their heart, thus preventing people from taking a further step in order to render witness to the Gospel of Christ (NAB, Gen. 22). Jesus always urged for his disciples to have faith in God, to believe God. It is certainly not so easy to have the kind of faith that Abraham had in God whom we do not see. However, faith in God, perhaps, is not something to be understood, but to be experienced. Saint Peter says, “although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls” (NAB, 1 Pet. 1. 8-9). It is faith in God that moves our heart to seek and take refuge in Him. Knowing our dependability in God and our human frailty, the mind
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