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To be a Catholic is to be a member of a community that believes that the Infinite met the finite just once - at the Cross. To be a Catholic is to know that if you ask for faith it will be granted. If you deviate from that faithfulness and ask onceMoreTo be a Catholic is to be a member of a community that believes that the Infinite met the finite just once - at the Cross. To be a Catholic is to know that if you ask for faith it will be granted. If you deviate from that faithfulness and ask once more for renewed faith, again it will be granted. Catholics don’t live in paradise. Catholics live in a vale of tears. We live for paradise—the sight of God, the Beatific Vision - not for this world. But to get to our reward we must live right in this world and this means acknowledgment by all of failings, and humility.It also means good works. Faith alone does not suffice. Catholics must practice good works. And good works only deserve merit as long as they are done in the service of God. Even if a person is far from God but performs a service in the name of God he or she will gain merit. If an opportunity to render service to another is refused then no merit can be attained—in fact it warrants demerits.So, Catholics are instructed, and obliged- To feed the hungry- To give drink to the thirsty- To clothe the naked- To shelter the homeless- To visit the sick- To ransom the captive- To bury the dead: To instruct the ignorant- To counsel the doubtful- To admonish wrongdoers- To bear wrongs patiently- To forgive offenses willingly- To comfort the afflicted- To pray for the living and the dead. This is all hard to do. But it is what Jesus of Nazareth commanded us to do—“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13: 34-35Why must we follow these instructions? First and most importantly because God told us through his Son! But also these actions are a practical way of secular life and act as the lubricants of society. They perform for society what motor oil does for the internal combustion engine: they decrease friction and reduce heat and ease and even optimize lives.If a Catholic becomes a Protestant, what exactly are they protesting? Comforting the afflicted? Feeding the hungry? Or are they simply holding a 500-year- old grudge against what the Church had become during the Renaissance? If a Catholic becomes a non-believer, do they abandon belief as a principle entirely? Or just that Catholicism, warts and all, is not worth practicing?I have come to believe that the opposite of faith is not reason, it is alienation and isolation. The word Gospel literally means “Good news.” To practice the Gospel is faith. To spread it is what all Catholics are called to do. That is why I am writing this book.