Monday, November 20, 2006

The Timothean Creed

During our all-day retreat directly preceeding my confirmation on Saturday, one of the activities was to create our own personal creed. They wouldnt tell us whether or not we were gonna have to read it or not but of course we did. Here is mine (plus a few edits that I forgot to add in):

I believe in the Apostles Creed. I believe in the Nicene Creed. I believe in the infallible authority of the holy Scriptures, the sacred traditions of the Roman Catholic Church & the magisterium. I submit to the authority of the curia & profess the primacy of St. Peter, the rock on which Jesus Christ built His one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. The gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. I accept the traditions & teachings of the Church and the canon of the Scriptures based on the firm foundation of Apostollic Succession.

I believe the Holy Spirit lives and is active today in the visible Church (the bride of Christ).

I believe Jesus Christ is truly present in the Eucharist.

I believe that God created the world for His glory and to carry out His flawless plan of salvation: a story which would unfold through the tapestry of many lives - what we now know as the history of the world. All things bear witness to God's perfect plan. Even the evil of this life is used by God towards a perfect end. There is nothing outside of God's power.

I believe God gave us free will & the ability to understand objective morality by His law which He has written on our hearts. This, one of the greatest mysteries of life, is an undeniable testament to the supreme truth which is God and His perfect, loving plan of salvation.

His gift of grace is made evident to us (His children) by faith & by the sacraments which He instituted. We receive grace towards salvific ends through the sacraments.

I believe that Christianity is the answer to even the smallest evils of the world and that one day every wrong will be made right. The supreme sacrifice (Christ laying down His life for humanity) is what makes this possible.

I believe this and everything that the Holy Roman Catholic Church teaches. Furthermore, I humbly submit to the Roman Pontiff (the successor of St. Peter the Apostle).

- Tim Troutman 11/18/2006

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