Sunday, July 02, 2006

One True Church?

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

If I were not a Catholic, and were looking for the true Church in the world
today, I would look for the one Church which did not get along well with the
world. In other words
, I would look for the Church, which the world hates.

My reason for doing this would be that if Christ is in any one of the churches of the world today, He must still be hated, as He was when He was on earth in the flesh.

If you would find Christ today, then find the Church that does not get along with the world. Look for the Church which is accused of being behind the times, as Our Lord was accused of being ignorant and never having learned.

Look for the Church which men sneer at as socially inferior, as they sneered at Our Lord because He came from Nazareth.

Look for the Church which is accused of having a devil, as Our Lord was accused of being possessed by Beelzebub, the Prince of Devils.

Look for the Church which, in seasons of bigotry, men say must be destroyed in the name of God as men crucified Christ and thought they had done a service to God.

Look for the Church which the world rejects because it claims to be infallible, as Pilate rejected Christ because He called Himself the Truth.

Look for the Church which amid the confusions of conflicting opinions, its members love as they love Christ, and respect its Voice as the very voice of its Founder, and the suspicion will grow, that if the Church is unpopular with the spirit of the world, then itis unworldly, and if it is unworldly, it is other-worldly. Since it is other-worldly it is infinitely loved and infinitely hated as was Christ
Himself. But only that which is Divine can be infinitely hated and infinitely loved. Therefore, the Church is Divine"

1 comment:

Tiber Jumper said...

It is just as GK. Chesterton, a Catholic convert said "I want a Church that changes the times, not one that changes with the times."
In this day of widescreen LCD projection devices and high-tech musical performances, dances, skits and other entertainment devices in the sanctuaries, makes one wonder.... whose changing who?