Thursday, August 27, 2009

Let us pray that we might be one flock

"...[I]f on occasion we happen to hear reference made to schismatics, heretics, evangelicals, protestants, etc., who are separated from us and consequently cannot fully benefit from the gifts bestowed on the church by the Lord... let us pray for them, and for all those who do not belong to the church, that one day they may be able to enter it...

Let us reproach ourselves for the ingratitude, negligence, and inconstancy in our own response to so many graces... and let us promise to correct ourselves in the future. And in moments of doubts let us cry out, 'I believe in everything the church proposes to us for our belief.' In a word, in the difficulties of life and in the moments when we are tempted to go after false goods, let us hold fast to the bark of Peter, which is for us like Noah's ark at the time of the deluge, since we feel good everywhere but better in the House of God, where everything is done according to his will. In this house Jesus is with us until the end of the world.

The visible head of this house, of this (if you will) bark of Peter, ark of the covenant, is the pope; the invisible head is Jesus himself. To holy church all the peoples of the earth hasten, insofar as all the nations... will find a refuge in it. Our Redeemer, ever present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, extends his hands to everyone. He opens his heart and says, 'Come to me, all of you' [Mt 11:28].

Thus he calls and invites us, so that there might be one shepherd and one flock! Today's solemnity of the twenty-fifth jubilee of the pontificate [of Leo XIII] is, therefore, celebrated simultaneously throughout the world: in Wadowice, in Moscow (where there are in fact Catholic churches), in Germany, England, America, and wherever the church is present..." -- St Raphael of St Joseph, ocd

-- Saint Raphael Kalinowski: An Introduction to His Life and Spirituality by Szczepan T Praskiewicz, ocd

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