3. (...)To carry out the will of the Father, Christ inaugurated the Kingdom of heaven on earth and revealed to us the mystery of that kingdom. By His obedience He brought about redemption. The Church, or, in other words, the kingdom of Christ now present in mystery, grows visibly through the power of God in the world. (...) As often as the sacrifice of the cross in which Christ our Passover was sacrificed, is celebrated on the altar, the work of our redemption is carried on, and, in the sacrament of the eucharistic bread, the unity of all believers who form one body in Christ (8) is both expressed and brought about. All men are called to this union with Christ, who is the light of the world, from whom we go forth, through whom we live, and toward whom our whole life strains.—Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, solemnly promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on November 21, 1964.
It is a fundamental principle of social philosophy, fixed and unchangeable, that one should not withdraw from individuals and commit to the community what they can accomplish by their own enterprise and industry.—Pope Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno, 79.
Point to Ponder
Before every golden age of the Church the situation has first been pretty bad, wretched even. The Counter Reformation, for example, followed the devastation of the Protestant
DeformationReformation. Sometimes it takes a swift kick in the caboose to get us off our backsides to take back the world for Christ. We've got our work cut out for us.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body.—2 Corinthians 5:10
The dismantling of the authority of the Mass has led to the dismantling of authority in the Church.
- Do we think God is happy or angry about the way we currently publicly worship Him? Are there signs which affirm a wrongly chosen path? Are there signs which confirm a better path?
- Can we honestly expect to live in His will when we abuse the Mass and reject its faithful and reverent celebration?
We wage spiritual war against the powers of darkness that rob men's souls of an orientation to God, and by our own actions embody the quest for holiness by taking up our crosses and following Christ so that we can be effective compasses that always point to Jesus Christ!
There will be wars and rumours of wars (St. Matthew 24:6). Even a reading of the mainstream media leaves no doubt that we're up to our eyeballs in conflict.
A plague of rotten ideas has infected and is dismantling social structures—marriage, family, education. Alice's ignorance of the natural law is leading societies down Wonderland's toilet.
Environmental issues (though not the obvious and dubious ones people commonly imagine) and health crises are providing proponents of the culture of death license to promote population control and euthanasia. It is no coincidence that large corporations such as Planned Parenthood are on board for the simple and damning reason that they can profit from fear mongering.
We can be thankful that the Holy Spirit preserved the faithful through some exceedingly trying times. At no time, however, should we allow ourselves the opportunity to indulge the idea that God has abandoned His Church. We may be facing a host of distractions posed by faithless clerics and a multitude of lax Catholics, but our focus should never waver from the person of Jesus Christ Who promised us the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church He founded on Saint Peter.
We may be confused by the actions of the office holder. We may even question his actions with considerable (but prudent) strength and determination, but the Office of Saint Peter itself requires obedience because our Lord Jesus Christ is the author of the Petrine Ministry. In the Church there is no "loyal opposition", a phrase used by dissenters to camouflage their insidious rebellion. There is only the prudent and necessary fraternal correction offered with love and respect for those God has placed in authority over us.