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.
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 Three States of the Church – Communion of Saints • Militant/Pilgrim • Suffering/Purified • Triumphant/Glorious
The Church • To be ‘church’ is nothing other than making Paradise present in the midst of a broken world
“…in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church” The four “marks of the Church” that endure
One The Church is one, because her Lord is One
One • In Faith “The church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of truth.” - 1 Tim. 3:15
One • In Sacraments and Worship
One • In Governance
One • In charity • “See how they love one another!”
Holy • …the Church is holy, because her Lord is Holy “Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.”Leviticus 19:2
Holy • The Church exists to birth saints “Canonization is the Church recognizing herself in history” – Pope John Paul II
Holy Set apart for the service of God: transform the world!
Catholic • the Church is Catholic, because she is the Body of Him who enjoys the fullness of Truth and Life
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
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
Roman Catholic • The place of Rome in universalizing Christianity: • Bishop of the planet
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.
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.
Apostolic • Authority • “HE WHO HEARS YOU, HEARS ME” Luke 10:16 • The Magisterium: WWJD in living color
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
Apostolic • The charism of Truth: the infallible God has joined himself to fallible humanity
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)
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
Being the Church • Incarnating the Church: becoming a living sign
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
The Church is… • The community of divine and human communion • The Sacrament of the unity • The community of charity • The beacon of hope
The Church is… • US, joined to Christ
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.
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!
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?
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”