Profession of Faith

I am Roman Catholic Christian: my faith in God comes, through Mary, from the Apostle Peter, bishop of Rome, established by Jesus Christ as the visible foundation of his Church.

The God in whom I believe is the unique eternal Being who created all things in the Power of his Love. This unique Being, who is eternal Love, exists and lives in Three divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father loves so much, so infinitely, that he begets his Son. The Father and the Son love each other so much, so infinitely that they produce the Spirit, who personifies the essential Love of the Divine Trinity.

The God in whom I believe is Spirit. To communicate with men, his creatures, God the Father sent his Son, who is his Word and who took flesh from the Virgin Mary: this is the Mystery of the Incarnation, which took place about two thousand years ago; this is the fundamental point of doctrine by which we know if someone is of God, according to these words of Saint John: By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of Antichrist. (1 Jn. 4:2-3)

I honor the Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Mother of Christ. I honor her as my Heavenly Mother, because she was declared the Mother of the Church by Pope Paul VI (Address of November 21, 1964). I pray for Mary to help me faithfully live my life as a Christian. I defend Mary when she is attacked, notably in her perpetual virginity: I take up the defense of Mary, affirming that she never, in any way, had more than a single child, Jesus Christ, conceived through the operation of the Holy Spirit. For if I defend Mary, she herself will take up my defense in every danger of the body and soul.

I believe that Jesus, the Son of God who also became Man, died and resurrected for my sins without number. But if Jesus suffered for me, I believe that I too must undergo some suffering for the expiation of my sins. As Saint Paul says, I must add what is lacking in the Passion of Christ (cf. Col. 1:24). It is in this spirit and with this intention that I partake of the Eucharist.

Indeed, I believe in the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, that is to say the Eucharist under the signs of the bread and wine. When I hear the priest say, This is my Body, I firmly believe in this Great Mystery: what I see is not bread, but the true Body of Christ, truly present in order to give me his divine and eternal Life. And similarly, when I hear the priest say, This is the cup of my Blood..., I believe that what I see is not wine, but the true Blood of Christ...

During the Eucharistic celebration, my faith serves to prepare me to receive the Body of Christ. When the priest presents the host to me, saying: the Body of Christ, I reply Amen and thus restate my faith in the real presence of Jesus Christ in this sacrament.

In order to prepare myself for Eucharistic communion, my faith also tells me that I must be baptized and confirmed, that I must have received the forgiveness of the Lord in the sacrament of reconciliation if I have ever gravely sinned: my faith must be a living faith, vivified by the supernatural love of God, that is to say by grace.

If my communion with the Eucharist allows me to participate in the Passion of Jesus Christ, then I also believe that the Bread of Life already gives me eternal Life, and makes me a stone in the edifice of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. So I believe that, by anticipation, and by mode of a pledge, the Eucharist already gives me a share in the Resurrection of Christ, as the Lord himself declared: He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. (Jn. 6:54)

By my faith, I thus announce the second coming of the Lord at the end of time: We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your resurrection until you come in glory!

Canon Dr. Daniel Meynen

Namur (Belgium), 3 July 2007