Death will arrive in the blink of an eye. At that moment, the order in which we have maintained our house, or the disarray we have intentionally permitted, will be confirmed for eternity. The Son of Man will require an account of our deeds and words.
Archives for August 2017
It was bishop Fulton J. Sheen who said, “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.” It is helpful to contemplate how the Church came to exist, and the price our Lord paid to give birth to her.
From the Catechism: Christians of the first centuries said, “The world was created for the sake of the Church.” God created the world for the sake of communion with his divine life, a communion brought about by the “convocation” of men in Christ, and this “convocation” is the Church. The Church is the goal of all things.
The study of ecclesiology leads to an understanding of the Church as an organic, visible and invisible, earthly and heavenly reality governed by a structured and hierarchical leadership, bearing the four marks of authenticity flowing from her divine foundation.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI reminds us that our strength originates and flows forth from the fount of prayer. Therefore we must give priority to “God and to our relationship with him in prayer, both as individuals and in the community. If we do not have the capacity to pause and listen to the Lord, to enter into dialogue with him, we risk becoming ineffectually agitated by problems, difficulties and needs.”