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It’s As Simple As This

So why do so many make it so complicated?

July 13, 2017  0


All this talk about evangelization and coming up with programs to talk about it and explain it — programs for the most part that veer off course from faithful Catholics — they're all over-complicating the issue. The root word of evangelization refers to the Good News. So what is the Good News? Given our fallen nature, we are destined for Hell, but God has provided for us out of love and a desire that we are saved, a narrow escape path — His Church. That's really it. It's as simple as this. That's the Good News.

You and I are no longer destined to die but now have a chance at everlasting life. Walking this path means picking up your Cross and becoming completely reliant on Jesus Christ. This opportunity for salvation comes only through the Catholic Church. It's why He established it. It's why He preserves it down through the ages, despite His enemies within the Church, trying to obscure the truth. Everything else is a footnote, really.

The pressing issue in the Church today is that too many clergy just don't believe this. Quite a number of them actually come right out and say so. Others just behave in such a way that their thoughts are revealed in their actions. The Catholic Church is Jesus Christ present on earth today. He imbued it with His Own Life and sustains it because it is Himself here on earth.

It would be manifestly unjust of God to come only to those with whom He walked around in Galilee 2,000 years ago. It would be manifestly unfair for Him to give commands like love your enemies, which completely go against our fallen natures if He didn't provide a means for us to overcome these natures and ascend to lives of "super-nature." It would be manifestly unfair if He allowed His teachings to become despoiled by the caprices of fallen men and their self-oriented understandings and interpretations. This is why He remains present on earth. When He said, "I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world," He meant it. (Matthew 28:20) And He meant it actually and really, not just in some vague spiritual sense.

The human being is composed of matter and the immaterial. Each needs saving, so He has provided for us both physically and spiritually. He did this physically — Himself in the Eucharist, which is Him, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity under the appearance of bread and wine. And He is with us spiritually through grace given to us through the sacraments to draw us closer into His Divine life.

Why are these tremendous glories, beauties and mysteries so difficult for so many clergy and others leaders to just come out and say? He called the Church, My Church, when He laid out His plan for it. He so identified His followers, His Church, with Himself, that He asked Saul, "Why are you persecuting me?"

Not a shred of this is difficult to understand or explain. Plumbing the depths of it is an exercise in love and drawing closer to Christ. And since the Holy Trinity is infinite, the journey has no end. It transforms for the faithful at death as they enter the realm of the everlasting, but that is just the journey exploded into the realm outside of time and space. So why do so many priests and bishops not talk like this? Do they not believe it? Were they not taught this? Do they reject it? Were they never formed in this beauty?

The truth of the Catholic faith is immediately graspable to anyone of good will, like the angel announced to the shepherds in the hills outside Bethlehem. It's been like that ever since. As St. Paul says, "[T]o us has been revealed the fullness of the mystery." And as the Messiah, Himself said to the crowds, "How your forefathers longed to see what you see and did not see it. Longed to hear what you hear, and did not hear it."

There is an escape path from our natural destinies. We don't have to be damned. We do not have to live in everlasting separation from God. That's the Good News. It's as simple as that.

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