What It Means To Be Catholic


To be Catholic is to belong to a very large group of people which means that you can get a variety of interpretations of what it means to be Catholic. Of course, it means that you are a Christian who follows Jesus, but why Catholic and not merely Christian? What is the broader meaning of the word? This is my attempt to make sense of its ancient meaning as I attempt to reconcile its use with the work of the Church that Jesus established.



  1. Brian, that was a really discussion at the end about the “whole”. When you related how easy it was to focus one element, like when you practice guitar, that was really great. However, may be we should try not politely telling someone he or she is small minded. Isn’t it more that we are imperfect, as ALL are imperfect, but Jesus said the road to perdition is wide…

    • Alice, just a small note here that I hope you find helpful.

      Holy communion was the event that was instituted at the last supper.
      The Catholic church begun at Pentecost, and yes indeed founded by Jesus.