40 Reasons Why It’s Cool to be Catholic #25 We ARE the Body of Christ

Everyone likes to belong to a group.  As Catholics, we belong to the largest family of all, the body of Christ.

There are over a billion Catholics around the world and we all pray together.  And that’s not all!  There’s more???  Yes there is.  Not only do we pray with all those other Catholics, we pray with “all the angels and saints.”  That’s HUGE!  Think about what we say in the Penitential Rite:

Therefore I ask blessed Mary, ever-Virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord, our God.

In one simple sentence, we’re flooding heaven with prayers.  Every Sunday hundreds of millions of Catholics are making that same prayer.  When we ask our brothers and sisters to pray for us, our prayer isn’t limited to just those people who surround us in the physical dimensions of our local church, we’re uniting our voices with every Catholic, in every church in the world;  PLUS all the angels and saints.

I feel sorry for people who say they can worship God without going to mass.  “I can speak to God anywhere, not just in a particular building.”  They’re right, but only up to a point.  Which is better, to pray to God all by myself, or to pray to God along with the entire Church?

Having the entire Body of Christ joining in my prayer makes me a part of the largest family, not just in the world, but in the entire universe.

Isn’t that cool?

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