At a time when many of us struggle to hold on, I came across an article by Richard Rohr and Joseph Martos on the Catholic Update page of www.AmericanCatholic.org It is undated and I am simply giving you the headings. You can read the entire article here.
1. An optimistic view of creation
2. A universal vision
3. A holistic outlook
4. Personal growth
5. Social transformation
6. A communal spirit
7. A profound sense of history
8. A respect for human knowledge
The article concludes with a paragraph titled, “Our heritage points us to Christ.” It is worth quoting in full:
To be truly Catholic therefore means to enter into the Catholic wisdom tradition. It means appreciating all of creation and looking at the world from a universal perspective. It means adopting a holistic outlook that encourages personal growth and social transformation. It means building community and learning from history. It means not being afraid to ask questions about faith, about the Church, or about the world in which we live.
Yet all this heritage is pointless unless it also points us to Christ, and to living the gospel. The reason for accepting the Catholic tradition is to learn better from our rich past how to live our faith more deeply today.