Each Sunday at Mass we pray together the Nicene Creed, which is a summation of what we believe as Catholics. It is ancient, coming from the Councils of Nicea in 325 and Constantinople in 381, and is common to both the Eastern and Latin Rite Churches. Each section gives us basic tenets or beliefs of our faith. But do we know what we are saying, or do the words just come out of our mouths, following along with everyone else around us?

The first sentence calls to mind who made us and everything around us
We believe in one God,the Father, the Almighty,maker of heaven and earth,of all that is seen and unseen.

“We believe in one God.” This is where we begin, with God who is love and truth for all people. There is no one greater than him, anywhere in heaven or on earth. He has made all things and people, even those things which we cannot see. It is only right then, to offer him our praise and thanksgiving. Our lives should be a response to his great love. The word “almighty” helps us to recall God’s infinite mercy and that for him, nothing is impossible. He created heaven and earth out of nothing, and as an act of love. Most importantly, he created man and woman in his image and likeness and we are good.

The next time you are at Mass and pray these words, really focus on what they mean and how you can live your life reflecting your belief in them.

For more in depth information see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 185 to 421 (section 2, chapter 1).

The Creed – Part 1

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