To belong to Jesus means to accept Him as Lord and Saviour, to have faith in His teachings, and to follow His example in our daily lives. It means to live according to His teachings and to become a part of His family, the Church.
When we belong to Jesus, we are called to follow Him and to imitate His life of love and service to others. This includes living a life of prayer, participating in the holy sacraments, and seeking to grow in holiness. Through our baptism, we are adopted as children of God and become members of His family, the Church.
Growing in the faith is a lifelong journey, and there are many ways to strengthen our relationship with God and deepen our understanding of the Faith. Here are just a few ideas:
Prayer: Developing a regular prayer practice is one of the most important ways to grow in faith. I like to encourage everyone to set aside time each day to pray, whether it’s in the morning, evening, or another time that works for each person. You can use traditional prayers, like the Our Father or Hail Mary, the traditional Rosary, or simply talk to God in your own words.
The Traditional Latin Mass, also known as the Tridentine Mass, is important to the Church for several reasons. Here are some of them:
Spiritual richness: The Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated in Latin and follows a highly structured and ceremonial form that is designed to emphasize the transcendent nature of the Mass and its connection to the mysteries of faith. Many Catholics find that the beauty and solemnity of the Traditional Latin Mass help them to connect with God on a deeper level.
Unity: The Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated in the same way throughout the world, and its unchanging nature provides a sense of unity and continuity across time and place. This can be especially meaningful for Catholics who travel frequently or who have a deep connection to their faith’s history and tradition.
The rosary is a devotion that involves the recitation of scriptural prayers and the meditation on the life of Jesus and Mary. Here are just a few reasons why the rosary is important:
Prayer: The rosary is a powerful offering that can bring comfort, peace, and strength to those who pray it. It can also be a way to express gratitude, ask for forgiveness, and seek guidance from God the Father.
Meditation: By meditating on the traditional Mysteries of the rosary, we can reflect on important moments in the lives of Jesus and Mary, and deepen our understanding of their love and sacrifice. This can help us to grow in the faith and become more fully aware of God’s presence in our lives.
Gratitude – giving thanks to God for all the blessings in life
Healing – praying for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing for yourself and others
Guidance – asking for divine guidance and direction in your life
Forgiveness – going to Confession, seeking forgiveness for past mistakes and sins.
Strength – asking for strength and courage to face life’s challenges
Protection – asking your guardian angel for protection from harm, danger, and negative influences
Intercession – petitioning Mary, the angels and saints, praying for the needs and intentions of others
Peace – praying for inner peace and peace for your family and neighbours
Faith – asking for a deeper faith and trust in God’s plan
Hope – praying for hope and optimism in difficult and challenging times.
Remember that prayer is a deeply personal and individual matter, and it can take on many different forms and meanings depending on the individual.