Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:43 PM

RE - Affirming Our Faith

Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:43 PM
Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:43 PM

RE - Affirming Our Faith

A recent discussion about the Apostles’ Creed reminded me of a church member’s stated resistance towards reciting the creed. His concerns were over the words, “we believe in the holy catholic church…” The sincerity of this brother was clear as he said, “I honestly struggle with those words and cannot (in good conscience) say that I believe in {the holy catholic church}.”

I expressed gratitude for such honest, contemplative sharing of his observations. We agreed that reciting with others, the words of the creed, was a time of reaffirming and giving substance to our faith. Further prayerful discussion led us beyond the creed’s affirmations about God and the identity of believers, and allowed us to focus on the community of the people of God. I noted that the word “catholic” was not capitalized, nor meant to signify the name of the church.

Rather, the emphasis was/is placed on the nature of the Body of Christ as being holy and universal – We are part of the family of God who shares an unbroken line of communion…

Together, let us continue to strongly affirm our faith. Whenever there is a deficient view of the Church, may God resolve questions within our minds with divine answers in our hearts!

– Linda I. McDaniel

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