89 – When the Church becomes closed, she becomes an ailing Church, she falls ill! The Church must step outside herself. To the outskirts of existence, whatever they may be

‘Charity begins at home’. This popular expression clearly transmits the attitude that an apostle of the Gospel should have. In fact, no one can give to others what he himself doesn’t possess. So, in the first place, a missionary should fill his own soul with grace in order to transmit the light of Christ and the perfume of the Christian virtues in an effective manner. Yes, to evangelize, we can’t mix the crystalline waters of sanctity with the filth of sin. In other words, we should avidly seek the salvation of others, but in no way adjust our souls to the evil influences of the world under the pretext of the apostolate, putting our eternal salvation in grave risk. What use are works and more works if the one who performs them ends up being condemned for having adopted an imprudent apostolic strategy? The Church puts the eternal salvation of her children above all else; that’s why it has always shown vigilance in indicating authentic paths for evangelization.

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

ContentsAuthors
I – A Church closed in on itself – or well safeguarded from corruption?
II – The efficacy of the action of ecclesial movements stems from the exemplary life they manifest
III –
Pastors of the Church should indicate safe paths for their sheep
IV – Can the Holy Church be mistaken?


I – A Church closed in on itself – or well safeguarded from corruption?


Sacred Scripture

What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?

Saint John Chrysostom

While taking care about the things of others, do not neglect yourself

Benedict XVI

You cannot be a good servant to others if you neglect your soul

John Paul II

How can they preach the Gospel if they do not have a true understanding of the faith?

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The necessity to avoid the society of sinners as regards fellowship in sin

Saint John Chrysostom

Do not open the doors to corrupt men

Pseudo-Chrysostom

God does not give spiritual graces equally to the worthy and the unworthy

Pius IX

Beware of those who, in clothing of sheep, deprave the minds of the imprudent and distance men from religion

Saint Cyprian of Carthage

By heresy, the unrighteous are distinguished from the righteous as the chaff from the wheat

Saint John Chrysostom

The devil need not take any trouble when he has planted wicked men among us

Pius IX

Enemies of all truth strive both openly and deceitfully with plots to shake the Catholic religion

II – The efficacy of the action of ecclesial movements stems from the exemplary life they manifest


John Paul II

An urgent need for powerful proclamation of the Gospel and solid Christian formation
Any life planning that is not in accordance with the design of God for man is destined to failure

Benedict XVI

Missionary zeal is proof of a radical experience of ever renewed fidelity

Benedict XV

Apostolic success ensues from the measure that one binds himself more closely to God
You have been called to carry light to men who lie in the shadow of death

III – Pastors of the Church should indicate secure paths for their flock


Sacred Scripture

The Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers to tend the church of God

John Paul II

The mission of teaching proper to Bishops: courageously proclaiming the faith

Pius XII

The Church cannot disregard precautions with what is contrary to sound morals and can result in serious danger to souls

Leo XIII

The Church should not shape her teachings in accord with the spirit of the age

Congregation for Bishops

The Bishop should model his style of governance on divine wisdom

John Paul II

The ‘nets’ we are called upon to cast among men are the Sacraments
Teaching and example of an authentic life of faith are inseparable
The primacy of grace is the essential principle for any pastoral ministry

Benedict XVI

A Pastor supervises not as a bureaucrat but as one who sees from God’s viewpoint
Pastors must make themselves examples to the flock, knowing how to resist enemies

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

Bishops should sanctify the churches entrusted to them by an example of holiness

IV – Can the Holy Church be misguided?


Saint Francis de Sales

The Church is unmovable, unshaken, steadfast and perpetual
To say that the Church errs is to say that God errs

Gregory XVI

It is injurious to propose the Church as subject to defect or obscuration

Vatican Council II  (Ecumenical XXI)

The people of God accepts that which is not just the word of men, but truly the word of God

Pius IX

Fearlessly defend the cause of God and His holy Church never tolerating anything which could defile the purity of this faith

2 thoughts on “89 – When the Church becomes closed, she becomes an ailing Church, she falls ill! The Church must step outside herself. To the outskirts of existence, whatever they may be

    • Pope Francis speaks so much of going to the outskirts of existence, how come he does not go out to the suffering people in Cuba? There he was buddy-buddy with the big bosses Castro.

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