What the Church Always Is

Those who really believe do not attribute too much importance to the struggle for the reform of ecclesiastical structures.

They live on what the Church always is; and if one wants to know what the Church really is, one must go to them.

For the Church is most present, not where organizing, reforming, and governing are going on, but in those who simply believe and receive from her the gift of faith that is life to them.

~ Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

2 thoughts on “What the Church Always Is

  1. The Epistle to the Ephesians calls the Church “a holy temple” (2:21). One commentary elucidates: “The Church is a spiritual sanctuary that is living and inclusive. It’s foundation is Christ, his apostles, and the early Christian prophets; its walls are believers from every nation fitted and bonded together by grace, and its holiness comes from the sanctifying presence of the Spirit who dwells within.”

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  2. Thanks Jerry! When I think of Benedict’s career as a priest, theologian, cardinal, and pontiff, I see a man above all devoted to the Church, which St. Paul also beautifully describes as “the house of God,” “the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). As a scholar and preacher, Benedict was keenly aware of the host of pseudo-scientific “fables” through which modern men “turn away their hearing from the truth” (2 Tim. 4:3-4), and hence from the Church, and ultimately from Christ. He speaks of this again in his last testament to the Church: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2022/12/my-spiritual-testament-benedict-xvi.html.

    New Year’s blessings to all!


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