Sunday, July 31, 2011

How is the Church Holy?

In the Apostle's Creed we Catholics say that the Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.

How is the Church Holy?

First, Her founder Jesus Christ is holy.

Second, Her doctrines are holy.

Third, Her worship is holy.

Fourth, Her children who follow Her guidance become holy.

Finally, She is holy in the numerous saints of the ages who have been supremely faithful to Her teachings.

So what about the example of Catholics who are not holy?

Note the qualifications in the points above: it is those who follow the example of the Church's divine Founder, accept the Church's doctrines, adore God in Her acts of worship, and live according to Her directives who are holy.

If you are Baptized you are a Catholic, but not every Baptized person lives and acts as he ought. Those who do, however, become holy.

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