What Constitutes A Practicing Catholic?

It may be difficult to tell a non-practicing Catholic that he or she can’t receive ​C​ommunion, but—as Fr. Mike Schmitz proves in this video—in the big picture​, ​​you would actually be helping the person. While telling an awe-inspiring story about a seminarian, Fr. Mike lays out what it means to be a practicing Catholic and shows how the requirements can transform ​a person’s life.

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  • Tara McDonald Ortiz

    God is awesome
    Prayers for your buddy, on his ordination
    Made me tear up how merciful of Lord is

    Blessings and peace
    Tara from Tampa
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  • Tara McDonald Ortiz

    Father what constitutes a cradle Catholic
    My Protestant friend thinks that term is nonsense
    I’ve always been proud to say it
    Please advise
    Tara from Tampa

  • Joselyn

    You transmit the love of Christ so clearly. God Bless.

  • Christine

    Hey Father thanks for this great video. Sadly this is the first I’m hearing this and I’ve been a Catholic all my life. My problem is this – my husband has NEVER been to confession. He refuses to go. Over the curse of our 23 year marriage I havevtrued to gently encourage him to go to no avail. So I just pray for him. But he receives communion every Sunday. I feel like I should say something now but fear that he will refuse church and I have 6 children that I would have tontske myself. Should I just offer it up and tell him anyway?

  • Christy Read

    You made me cry? happy tears!

  • Pascal Menezes

    Fr.Mike,
    I am reading the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” on the internet and I see some anomaly (call it errors) in the text pertaining to the 5 precepts of the church. It seems there is some error in text for precept 4 and 5 please give me a link that has the correct text for the precepts. The following is the text on the link http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P75.HTM:

    II. The Precepts of the Church

    2041 The precepts of the Church are set in the context of a moral life bound to and nourished by liturgical life. the obligatory character of these positive laws decreed by the pastoral authorities is meant to guarantee to the faithful the indispensable minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort, in the growth in love of God and neighbor:

    2042 The first precept (“You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation.”) requires the faithful to participate in the Eucharistic celebration when the Christian community gathers together on the day commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord.82

    The second precept (“You shall confess your sins at least once a year.”) ensures preparation for the Eucharist by the reception of the sacrament of reconciliation, which continues Baptism’s work of conversion and forgiveness.83

    The third precept (“You shall humbly receive your Creator in Holy Communion at least during the Easter season.”) guarantees as a minimum the reception of the Lord’s Body and Blood in connection with the Paschal feasts, the origin and center of the Christian liturgy.84

    2043 The fourth precept (“You shall keep holy the holy days of obligation.”) completes the Sunday observance by participation in the principal liturgical feasts which honor the mysteries of the Lord, the Virgin Mary, and the saints.85

    The fifth precept (“You shall observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence.”) ensures the times of ascesis and penance which prepare us for the liturgical feasts; they help us acquire mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart.86

    The faithful also have the duty of providing for the material needs of the Church, each according to his abilities.87

  • Dolly Pointner

    I want to share this video in church at a parent meeting for Confirmation. Is there a way I can download it and share it. I do not have internet in the church. Please share a downloadable link if so please. Thank you.

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