THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
THE ORDER OF FRANCISCAN FRIARS of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
AFFIRMS THE FOLLOWING ESSENTIALS OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH
- Personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. It is by Grace that we are saved through Faith in Christ. Good works are a fruit of that Faith and should be a natural result of God’s Grace evident in the life of every Christian.“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not for works, so no one may boast. For we are His handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” (Eph.2:8-10). “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:14, 17).
- A high view of the Sacred Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as they reveal the Word of God, containing all things necessary for Salvation. This is of critical importance in preaching, public reading of the Word, and personal Bible Study.
- A high view of Sacred Tradition as revealed to us through the Apostolic Succession of our Bishops and through the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the One and Undivided Universal Church. This is essential in understanding Church History and how the faith and traditions of the Church has come to us from the beginning.
- The Apostle’s and Nicene Creeds are sufficient statements of the Catholic Faith. These express our Belief in one God in three Divine Persons – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Creeds clearly proclaim the Gospel message and the Kingdom of God.
- The high view of the Seven Sacraments which were instituted by Christ Himself. They are to be ministered properly with the words and elements of Christ, especially as concerns the Holy Eucharist. Grace is imparted by the Real and Mysterious Presence of Christ in the Eucharist