the glory christ has given to his church
"Do you accept as judges those who have no standing in the church?" —1 Corinthians 6:4
Jesus gave to Peter and the Church the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Mt 16:19). This authority is so awesome that whatever the Church and Peter's successors "declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven" (Mt 16:19); whatever they "declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Mt 16:19). The Church is the body of Christ. No organization or group in heaven has a dignity and authority remotely close to that of the Church. The Church will judge the world and judge even angels (1 Cor 6:2, 3). It is better for us to suffer injustice and deprivation if that's what it takes to avoid unintentionally casting aspersions on the Church (1 Cor 6:7). Christ loved the Church and gave up His life for her (Eph 5:25). We as Christ's disciples must do the same.
We can love the Church by:
- being the holiest we can be,
- praying for leaders and members of the Church daily,
- centering our lives on the Church's liturgical life,
- evangelizing and inviting others to Jesus and to His Church,
- never gossiping about members of the Church,
- living the Church's sacramental life deeply,
- supporting the plans of the bishop of our diocese,
- working in our parishes as much as the Lord allows,
- contributing most generously to the Church,
- encouraging the acceptance of vocations to the priesthood, religious life, diaconate, and lay ministry,
- making our homes domestic churches, and
- starting or joining Christian communities.
Love the Church so loved and exalted by Jesus.
Prayer: Father, may I unlearn things about the Church which have come from my non-Catholic culture.
Promise: "Power went out from Him which cured all." —Lk 6:19
Praise: Theresa continues to promote the true Church despite ridicule and persecution even from fellow Catholic parishioners.
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Richard L. Klug, January 16, 2004
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 26, 2004