Catholicism is a dynamic way of life that encourages and empowers each individual to become the-best-version-of-himself or herself. Quite different from the pop psychology and secular philosophies of our time, this is not something we do to and for ourselves (self-help), but rather something that takes place in and through Jesus Christ. We may be able to help ourselves to a certain extent, but it is precisely because we cannot help ourselves to the extent that we need and desire that we need a a savior.
The Catholic lifestyle, when it is authentically presented and embraced, promotes the integration of every aspect of our daily lives and every aspect of the human person. And as you journey toward your destiny, God intertwines your talents with the needs of others to allow you the privilege of touching them, serving them, and inspiring them as they make their own journey.
Catholicism is a way of life in which the giving and receiving happen in equal measure. It nurtures the individual, the local community, and the whole human family. It affects every area of our lives and is a guiding light in all of our decisions. Catholicism is a call to live an authentic life. When embraced as a lifestyle it causes the elevation of every human activity. Catholicism provides the map and the tools for bringing each person into harmony with self, God, and others.
Do I see Catholicism as a once a week practice, or as an integral part of my life? What steps do I need to take to embrace Catholicism as my lifestyle?
God of peace, you watch over me with a tender love that is deep and true. This Advent, as I struggle with my human faults and failings, let me seek comfort in you and be reconciled in your peace, my soul rests in your goodness and mercy.
(Matthew Kelly, Rediscover Advent)