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BLESSED JOHN CARDINAL NEWMAN. . .

 

 

LEAVING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

We can only abandon the Catholic Church for some spiritual home which is more of a home than the Catholic Church. . . Where are we to find such a revelation, such a spiritual home, such sources of inspiration?  Nowhere; there is no other system in the world which dares even to claim what the Catholic Church claims.  Are we to abandon the Catholic Faith for something less than the Catholic Faith? 

 

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APOSTASY

People do leave the Catholic Church.  With other Christian sects, the line of division is perhaps not so clearly marked, that is why they may have differences that are not discernible.  But the Catholic Church has sharp edges. Go a little astray and you are out. 

The news of such defection, even when there were circumstances to explain it is, confess it, a tiny blow to our faith; a gentle tap to test the stability of our own spiritual foundations.  Another's apostasy has cast a chill of loneliness over us. 

 

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PHARISEEONERS (Parishioners)

What sort of influence is yours in the parish?  Are you one of the whisperers; one of the tale-bearers who knows all the scandals of the district?  Are you one of those self-contained people who never finds time to do anything for their neighbors?  Are you one of the murmurers who tells everybody how much better the parish was run in the old days?  Are you anxious to discuss grievances?  Then, the stones of this church will rise up in witness against you. . .it is people like you that make parish unity crumble away. 

 

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OBEDIENCE

The virtue of obedience nowadays is a specifically Catholic virtue.  The Protestant and half-believing or unbelieving world around us does not understand that it is a virtue at all. 

The Protestant, in fact, thinks that obedience exists because, without it, there could be no authority.  The Catholic is more likely to tell you that authority exists because, without it, there would be no obedience. 

 

 

 

 

 

(10-19-10)

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