I am a Christian of the Apostolic, liturgical tradition:  I am Catholic.  I am not, in any way, Protestant -- but I do respect and honour all Christians.

This is my statement of Faith:

I believe in one God,
Father, Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
Begotten from the Father before all ages,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
consubstantial with the Father;
For our sake and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became man.
He was crucified for us also under Pontius Pilate,
and suffered and was buried.
He rose again on the thrid day,
in accordance with the Scriptures,
and ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He is coming again in glory to judge the living and the dead;
his kingdom will have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father (and the Son)
who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped 
and together glorified;
who spoke through the Prophets.

In one, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I await the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the age to come.  Amen.

There is nothing else.  

I have spent most of my life searching and seeking.  I was not blessed to be born into a religious, faithful, or devout family.  Any church time was very marginal.  I began seeking around the age of twelve, although I felt called towards the faith even earlier.  Sadly, I have never really had any true Spiritual Father / Mother or personal spiritual guidance.  I am still seeking for that.  I have read and experienced many Protestant churches and denominations -- although, with over 35,000 recognized Protestant denominations, I would have to live to be 500 to learn of them all.  I believe the True Church was built on the Rock that is St Peter, and I believe there is only ONE true church, which is currently in schism:  the Eastern Orthodox and the Roman Catholic.  My fondest wish of all time is for the unity of these two churches -- this one Church which is expressed in two ways.  As for the Protestant churches, I couldn't begin to say.  From my understanding and my own belief, they are all in heresy.  

This is my faith.  Like St Peter, when he responded to Christ's question of whether anyone else wanted to turn back rather than follow Christ up to Jerusalem and Crucifixion, I say "Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ,
the Son of the living God."

My favourite Apostle is Thomas.  He was courageous enough to speak his doubt, but then, when Christ revealed himself especially to Thomas after the Resurrection, allowing Thomas to touch his wounds, Thomas loudly proclaimed, "My Lord, and my God!"  I love that.  St Thomas is a special patron in our home.

God bless you.

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