Divine Providence and the Catholic Church

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Someone recently wrote:

“Absolutely no church in this world is The Church as you so think that the catholic is. You personally are but a part of the body of Christ. Just as each of us make up the complete body of the living God, Jesus Christ.”

My reply:

I know precisely who I am in Christ, since Jesus and the Church have clearly defined the rights, responsibilities, and privileges that go along with Church membership.

I strongly suspect that no one has ever explained to you how awesome God and his authentic Church really are.

Jesus refers to the Church as his, and he gave his life for it. That makes it holy.

Jesus founded the Catholic Church and no other. That makes it one.

Jesus gave the apostles the “Great Commission” and sent them out into the world to establish the Church and to save souls. That makes it apostolic.

Jesus expressed his fervent desire that all should be one in his authentic Church, even as he and God the Father are one. That makes it catholic (universal).

Jesus gave awesome power to the men he hand-picked and personally trained, so that the fruits of his redemptive work could be freely and properly distributed. That’s authority.

Jesus appointed certain men to offer perfect sacrifice to God for the people, always and everywhere, without fail. That’s  authentic ministerial priesthood and holy communion. 

With Jesus at the head of the Church, and with the Holy Spirit as the official arbiter of all divine truth, the frailties and foibles of the sinful men who govern the Church pose no effective barrier to salvation. That’s divine providence.

Praise God!

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