Step 4: Build Catholic Culture
"We must have the courage to create islands, oases, and then
great stretches of land of Catholic culture where
the Creator's design is lived out."
Pope Benedict XVI 4-6-2006
Why this step?
A) Because God wants it!
“ And when you pray...pray like this: …Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt 6:5-10) Catholic culture, in its fullness, is the kingdom of heaven on earth. God wants that for us.
“All this I tell you that my joy may be yours and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you.”( John 15:11-12) “You will live in my love if you keep my commandments.” (John 15:10) The fruit of building God’s Kingdom, building Catholic culture, is Joy: joy here on earth as a foretaste of heaven and then, everlasting joy, greater than we can ask or imagine.
How to do this step?
(1) Continue these Crucial Spiritual Exercises
Put on the Armaments of God each day:
(2) Evangelize: Tell others about the 4 steps & resources!
Yes, simply telling others what you are doing here is evangelizing! People today are often more open to hearing about your experience, than to being told moral rights & wrongs.
So, you could say:
3) Deepen your prayer life & understanding of Consecration
Excellent Books & Videos for Free!
“Consecration is not just a prayer or a devotion but a commitment to a way of life which must be nourished through continuous formation in the eternal truths of our faith.” Cardinal Luigi Ciappi
The resources below can be used for personal and/or group study. Consider inviting others to study these with you.
Recommended schedule of free online books & videos:
4) Feed your family a spiritual diet of Truth!
Easy Program to Teach your Family the Faith!
Ongoing formation (Consecration in the Truth) in the family is essential if we are to protect our children.
Watch the enlightening 22-Minute video for the answers to these questions:
Why is Family Catechesis (learning the truths of the faith in the family) so crucial?
How can I teach the faith to my children if I don't know it?
5) Enrich your family "together time" with:
Tips for Families: Vacation & Free Family TV online!
Family dinners, games, outings & pilgrimages
Familyland.TV Online Family TV – Fun, Entertaining & Free from the Culture of Death!
Family Fests, Conferences & Retreats-- Vacations without leaving God Behind!
Don't miss the 2010 Family Fest talks & homilies: Watch Online!
2010 Totus Tuus Family Conference on St Joseph- Adult & Teen conference talks: Watch Online!
6) Join parish ministries/groups and church approved movements.
A Key to real Spiritual Growth=Community!
“It is not possible to live and grow in the faith without the support of a group, of a Christian community. It is here that you will learn together to build a better world. These groups must not be closed in on themselves.” John Paul II
Learn about Membership and Lay Evangelization Teams of the Apostolate for Family Consecration
Use this Meeting Guide with your small faith group!
7) Tithe & Give Alms
One of the Best Steps in Faith!
Support your parish, diocese and your favorite Catholic Organizations, so as to build the Kingdom!
To trust is to triumph. To tithe is to trust. Give away 10% and God will sustain you. Mal 3:10
Almsgiving starts after you have given your 10% tithe, and it is so Powerful! Tobit 12:9.
Why is Financial Sacrifice so Important today? Watch 6-minute Video!