Friday, June 14, 2002

"It is above all in the actual situation of each local church that the mystery of the one People of God takes the particular form that fits it to each individual context and culture. In the final analysis, this rooting of the Church in time and space mirrors the movement of the Incarnation itself. Now is the time for each local Church to assess its fervour and find fresh enthusiasm for its spiritual and pastoral responsibilities." -- John Paul 2.

In humanist, and perhaps Protestant thought, the secular world is considered immanent while religion is seen as transcendent. This is not a valid construct for a Catholic. It is our belief that our social, political and economic life must be rooted in the transcendent and that religion, in its transformative aspect, must be immanent. The point of 'preaching the gospel' is to engage the world. As a corporate religion, we see this engagement as a communal conversation as well as individual conversions. We are to make the world new and fashion it in the image of Jesus Christ

"Since Baptism is a true entry into the holiness of God through incorporation into Christ and the indwelling of his Spirit, it would be a contradiction to settle for a life of mediocrity, marked by a minimalist ethic and a shallow religiosity. To ask catechumens: "Do you wish to receive Baptism?" means at the same time to ask them: 'Do you wish to become holy?' It means to set before them the radical nature of the Sermon on the Mount: "Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Mt 5:48)..."

“God has created me to do him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission.” --John Henry Newman

"We shall not be saved by a formula but by a Person, and the assurance which he gives us: I am with you! It is not therefore a matter of inventing a 'new programme'. The programme already exists: it is the plan found in the Gospel and in the livingTradition, it is the same as ever. Ultimately, it has its centre in Christ himself, who is to be known, loved and imitated, so that in him we may live the life of the Trinity, and with him transform history until its fulfilment in the heavenly Jerusalem. This is a programme which does not change with shifts of times and cultures, even though it takes account of time and culture for the sake of true dialogue and effective communication. This programme for all times is our programme for the Third Millennium." -- John Paul 2.


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