Brothers and Sisters, I want to tell you a little bit about the Catholic Church.
About 2,000 years ago, Jesus during his ministry told Peter that He is the Rock, and upon THAT ROCK, he will build his Church, and the Gates of Hell will never prevail against it. Christ created the Catholic Church to be the living image of Himself and His Ministry. Over the years, there have been major schisms and heresies, such as Orthodoxy, Arianism, Protestantism, and Catharism. But, the Catholic Church has prevailed.
“Why are none of these major schisms the Truth?” you ask? Well, Arianism and Catharism are dead. If they were the Truth, would God have allowed them to die? I assume not. As with Orthodoxy and Protestantism, the Orthodox do not have the unification that we have in the Catholic Church. The Orthodox are split on the issue of contraceptives, whether Catholic Orders are valid, as well as many other things.
With Protestantism, there are thousands of Protestant denominations. Which one is right? According to Martin Luther, the Eucharist is Christ’s Body under the bread, and Christ’s Blood under the wine. But, Calvinists believe that it is just symbolic. Lutherans believe that baptism washes you away from sin, but it isn’t absolutely necessary for salvation. Calvinists believe that baptism is just a symbol of your commitment to Christ. Who is right? Perhaps the Lutherans? The Calvinists? Neither.
We have two mothers: The Catholic Church, and our birth mother. Our birth mother nourishes us with her breast milk when we are infants, but stops when we become old enough to eat solid food. But, we continue to suck off the Catholic Church’s breast milk for the rest of our lives. And that breast milk is the sacraments. We are constantly being taken care of by our Mother, as She loves us. Our birth mother gives us breast milk for the body, and the Catholic Church gives us breast milk for the soul.
I am reminded of a moment when I watched the TV show, The Tudors. There is a part in an episode where Pope Paul is discussing with his Cardinals the issue of King Henry VIII separating from the Catholic Church. He tells his Cardinals a story of when he was a boy. He was swimming, and a strong wave carried him far from the shore. He cried out to God to save him, and a gentle wave came along and carried him back to shore. No one can swim without the Catholic Church. Those who leave the Church will soon find that they are not swimming, but drowning. We can think that there are two Arks: Noah’s Ark, and the Ark of St. Peter. The Ark of St. Peter is the Catholic Church, and it saves us from an ocean of heresies, lies, schisms, and evil.
Christ created the Catholic Church on this earth to save souls, and be the living image of Him. We are led to salvation by the Church’s breast milk, and the guidance of our Holy Father. The Holy Father is second-to-Christ. Under his guidance, we can be assured that we are being led correctly, and that unity is ensured. If we didn’t have the Holy Father, what would our Holy Church be like? Just look at the situation of the Orthodox.
Go, and reflect. The Truth is before you. Go and spread the word of the Catholic Church. The message of the Church is: We are here to save souls. Uncle Sam may have said, “I want YOU in the Army.” Well, I say, “I want YOU in the Catholic Church.”
Peace be with you always.