There’s a lot more to being a Catholic than simply showing up for Mass every Sunday. One of the most crucial components to being a Catholic is just that—actually being a Catholic with every fiber of your being. This doesn’t mean we have to spend hours each day praying on our knees nor does it mean that we have to journey to a foreign country as a missionary. It means incorporating our faith into everything we do, even in tasks as menial as household chores or managing our finances.
We are part of a Christ-centered community of faith and we are called to model our lives after Jesus. Being Catholic means sensing God’s presence and understanding there is more to life that what we see and hear. When we view all things in the created world as capable of pointing to God, it helps us to experience God’s love and presence in this world.
Many times it’s easy to recognize God on Sunday or at Easter and Christmas, but hard to recognize him and live according to his teachings every minute on a day-to-day basis. In church, the songs, the environment, and the rituals bring us into a sense of God’s presence, which often disappears once we exit the church building. And most people find it impossible to even consider that God has a role to play in their finances.
Take the time to examine your own faith. Why are you a Catholic? How does God lead your daily activities? What is God’s call in your daily life? Are you living your faith on a daily basis, even when it comes to your finances? Do you handle your possessions in a responsible manner, pleasing to God? Do you work to honor God and use the talents he has given to you? Are you a generous giver? Is your spending conscious and prayerful?
By examining every aspect of your daily life as it relates to your faith, you can see where you are living as God wants and where you may be falling short. Too often the worldly influences in our lives blind us to God’s ways, especially when it comes to accumulating stuff and spending our money. 1 Peter 2:4-9 tells us “You are a ‘chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises’ of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Even though you may be surrounded by darkness, you are called to live in the light and shine that light on others. Let your faith spread from your heart through your entire being, permeating everything you do, think and say. Recognize what it means to be truly Catholic and live your life according to God’s plan for you.