2 of 9 in Series: The Essentials of Being a Devout Catholic

As a Catholic, basically you’re required to live a Christian life, pray daily, participate in the sacraments, obey the moral law, and accept the teachings of Christ and his Church. Following are the minimum requirements for Catholics:

  • Attend Mass every Sunday and holy day of obligation.
  • Go to confession annually if not more often or when needed.
  • Receive Holy Communion during Easter. Receiving weekly or daily is encouraged, though.
  • Observe laws on fasting and abstinence: one full meal on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday; not eating meat on Fridays during Lent.
  • Obey the marriage laws of the Church.
  • Support the Church financially and otherwise.

Knowing the faith is the first step to being Catholic, accepting the faith is the second step, and practicing the faith is the third — and most difficult — step. Obeying the rules involves appreciating the wisdom and value of the various rules and laws. And, you’re asked to put that belief into action, to practice what you believe.

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