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Roman Catholicism

From the Teaching of Christ by Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl

[...] The Catholic Church is a community responding to the loving self-revelation of God by faith in God's word, through celebration of our sharing in God's life in the sacraments, in living out Christ's way in our daily activities and finally, through personal prayer with God. In knowing God we are invited into communion with God. This is the heart of Christian revelation. St. Paul describes this divine transformation in the letter to the Galatians, "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. [...] Since we are now adopted children of God, we can rejoice in the very life of God. We can celebrate the new life won for us by Christ in his death and Resurrection. We do this in the spiritual action of the Church called Liturgy. Hence we encounter Christ with us in a way that actually transforms us, making us one with the Lord. What makes the sacraments so unique is their power to intersect with God's life-giving grace in a manner that makes that grace of God available to us. [...] Next to the cross itself, the most ubiquitous symbol of Catholic devotion is probably the rosary. Usually in the shorter five-decade form, "the beads" are the basis for the private prayer life of countless millions of people throughout the Church in every land. One of the reasons for the popularity of the rosary is the opportunity it provides us to meditate on the events, or "mysteries," in the life of our Lord.

[...] The Catholic faith has always looked forward with confident hope to the final coming of Christ in glory. The early Christians' "marana tha," Aramaic for "our Lord come," (1 Corinthians 16:22, Revelation 22:20) was an expression of their eager desire to witness the final triumph of Christ's saving work. The Lord was present to his people in many ways, but they awaited the definitive coming that would crown the effort to build his kingdom, end all sorrow and pain, and bring his people to the fulfillment of all their hopes and dreams. [...] Jesus himself promised that he will come in glory as Lord and judge (Matthew 16:27; 26:64). At his Ascension, when he ceased to be visibly present to his disciples, the promise was renewed: "This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven" (Acts of the Apostles 1:11). Expectation of his coming shines through the New Testament and in the creed. The Church ever professes its faith in his promise: "he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead."

The AU Catholic Chaplaincy celebrates Mass regularly at the Kay Spiritual Life Center, offers social activities for students and spiritual guidance to all.