Assignment for 1st year candidates
As a young person growing up in a family, it is pretty well understood that we often quietly and unquestioningly accept the beliefs of our parents and their religious framework of life. That is appropriate and the true task of parents. Through their initial decision to bring you into the Catholic community and through your baptism, they have attempted to impart to you all that the Catholic faith embraces. We call the core beliefs of our faith our creedal beliefs. Creed comes from the Latin word “credo”—which means “I believe”.
Now is a good time for you to examine these beliefs in earnest as you anticipate your further and final entry into the Catholic community through the third sacrament of initiation—Confirmation. The core of our Catholic beliefs are found in our two creeds: the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed. They are essentially the same with some minor variations. The Nicene Creed has some more flourishes of philosophical language within it to distinguish it from the simpler, plain language of the Apostle’s Creed.
What we are asking you to do with this assignment is to fashion and create your own, personal creed that represents who you truly see yourself at this time of your life. This is meant to bring together your perspective on a variety of things that constitute your life in this world. In order for this to be a successful project, it will only be so if what you write represents yourself.
Reflect on these points before writing:
- What do you believe about God—God’s existence, origins, place in our lives, how God communicates with human beings.
- What do you believe about Jesus? Son of God? Just a good man? Did he resurrect from the dead? Is he part of a Trinitarian Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
- Which of the creedal statements in the Apostles Creed do you believe in?
- What do you believe about evil in the world, why it happens, why innocent people suffer, about whether there is an evil spirit called the devil and this spirit’s impact on the world?
- What do you believe about money, power, wealth, poverty? Are there “deserving and undeserving poor”, do wealthy people need to be more generous with their wealth, are poor people poor because of some flaw in their character?
- What do you believe about death and the world to come, or if you believe there is even a world to come?
- In short what are some of the essential, core beliefs that drive your life and guide you in how you live?
This should be a typed, well thought out essay. There is no expectation of length. However it should be thorough and cover the various points listed above. This will be part of your portfolio that will be brought to your final interview before you are confirmed.
The Apostles Creed
- I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
- And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
- Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
- Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
- The third day he rose again from the dead:
- He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
- From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
- I believe in the Holy Ghost:
- I believe in the holy Catholic Church: the communion of saints:
- The forgiveness of sins:
- The resurrection of the body:
- And the life everlasting. Amen.