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The Church. “those who have been called together”. The Church. A mystery – human and divine. The Church. The community of those being redeemed Church history = salvation history “The church is not a hotel for the righteous, but a hospital for sinners” – Peter Kreeft. The Church.

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    1. The Church • “those who have been called together”

    2. The Church • A mystery – human and divine

    3. The Church • The community of those being redeemed • Church history = salvation history “The church is not a hotel for the righteous, but a hospital for sinners” – Peter Kreeft

    4. The Church Three States of the Church – Communion of Saints • Militant/Pilgrim • Suffering/Purified • Triumphant/Glorious

    5. The Church • To be ‘church’ is nothing other than making Paradise present in the midst of a broken world

    6. “…in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church” The four “marks of the Church” that endure

    7. One The Church is one, because her Lord is One

    8. One • In Faith “The church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of truth.” - 1 Tim. 3:15

    9. One • In Sacraments and Worship

    10. One • In Governance

    11. One • In charity • “See how they love one another!”

    12. Holy • …the Church is holy, because her Lord is Holy “Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.”Leviticus 19:2

    13. Holy • The Church exists to birth saints “Canonization is the Church recognizing herself in history” – Pope John Paul II

    14. Holy Set apart for the service of God: transform the world!

    15. Catholic • the Church is Catholic, because she is the Body of Him who enjoys the fullness of Truth and Life

    16. Catholic • Embraces all peoples, cultures, languages • Diversity of charisms working in symphony • Apostles: hierarchy • Laity: all the baptized, faithful of Christ • Religious: those consecrated to God by the evangelical counsels

    17. Catholic • Sharing in Christ’s three-fold office of priest-prophet-Shepherd • Priests who lead the world in worship • Prophets who speak and do the Truth in love • Shepherds who use power for service

    18. Roman Catholic • The place of Rome in universalizing Christianity: • Bishop of the planet

    19. Catholic • “Where the bishop is present, there let the people gather, just as where Jesus Christ is, there is the catholic church.” • Ignatius of Antioch, 108 A.D.

    20. Apostolic • …the Church is apostolic because her mission in and to the world is a continuation of the work of the first Apostles, itself a holy charge of her Redeemer who alone can guarantee its success.

    21. Apostolic • Authority • “HE WHO HEARS YOU, HEARS ME” Luke 10:16 • The Magisterium: WWJD in living color

    22. Apostolic • Apostolic succession • “For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God bestowed when my hands were laid on you” - 2 Tim 1:6

    23. Apostolic • The charism of Truth: the infallible God has joined himself to fallible humanity

    24. Apostolic Rock “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

    25. Hearing the Church “I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God.” Faith and Reason

    26. Being the Church • Incarnating the Church: becoming a living sign

    27. The Church is… • The community of disciples of Jesus Christ • The Mystical Body of Christ • The Bride of Christ • The Temple of God • The Light of Christ • Mother and Teacher of the faithful

    28. The Church is… • The community of divine and human communion • The Sacrament of the unity • The community of charity • The beacon of hope

    29. The Church is… • US, joined to Christ

    30. Gift & Mystery “How much I must criticize you, my Church, and yet how much I must love you. You have made me suffer more than anyone and yet I owe more to you than anyone else. I should like to see you destroyed and yet I need your presence. You have given much scandal and yet you alone have made me understand what is holiness.

    31. Gift and Mystery Never in this world have I seen anything more compromised, more false, yet never have I touched anything more pure, more generous or more beautiful!

    32. Gift and Mystery Countless times I have felt like slamming the door in your face, and yet every night, I have prayed that I might die in your loving arms. No, I cannot be free of you, for I am one with you, even if not completely you. Then too, where would I go? To build another church?

    33. Gift and Mystery But I could not build one without the same defects. And again, if I were to build another church, it would be my church and not Christ's Church. No, I am old enough, I know better”