Experiences and Emotion
Relationship with God
In Catholicism, rituals are usually understood as a way to experience a closer relationship with God. One example is through participating in the sacraments and experiencing God’s grace as a result. Some describe feeling the presence of God during certain moments or rituals, such as when in prayer. Another common experience as part of the Catholic tradition is seeking reconciliation with God for wrongdoings (i.e. sin).
The Sacrament of Baptism is considered to be the main requirement to become Christian. The Roman Catholic Church also has a number of established precepts which they expect all Catholics to try and uphold as part of the Church. Primarily, the Church asks its members to be people of faith, hope, love and justice, and to follow the example of Jesus Christ. Other practices such as attending Mass, participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year, and receiving the Eucharist during Easter are intended to help members to be people of faith.
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