Tuesday, May 22, 2012

One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

Those of us who live in lands that are predominately non-Christian would feel very deeply the painful disadvantage of being a minority believer. The pressure to conform and reject the overt signs and practices of our Faith is as subtle as it is overpowering. This is, of course, in countries where freedom of religion and worship is permitted at the very least. In places of state religion or the reigning fashion of militant atheism, life becomes even more oppressive.

But even yet, we have a choice. If we choose to hide our Christian identity behind a secular facade, then know that the gradual erosion of your faith, morals and religious mores is inevitable. The mask will, in time, become a part of your face. This choice is not always evident. Many a time we subconsciously (or consciously) leave our Conscience and Faith at home before we head off to work, play or anywhere.

You can see it in the little things. Those of us who still keep the Friday abstinence face an uncomfortable choice at the Friday team lunch; to compromise and enjoy the scrumptious Beef Bolognese in peace or order the fish salad and get everybody uncomfortable while we explain why Fridays are no-meat days for Catholics.

Why Lord! WHY!!!

This is why we have the Catholic Church. The Visible of the Invisible. Universal yet Personal. Holy and Sanctifying. Never changing, ever new...

I believe in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church 

The Church reflects her spouse like the moon, a lesser light to borrow and reflect the brilliance of the Sun. It is not her own light but the light of the One who gave up his life for her. She brings all to a single union under her mantle. Even in the middle of the desert, her grace can reach you. She strengthens her own for she knows the wolves of the wild show no mercy. She bring fellowship, hope and belonging to those who seek to live out the Truth in daily living. She is the assurance that you are not alone. That there are thousands upon thousands who live, love and breathe the gospel. She extends over three realms and yet she is One. She is alive, vibrant and growing;  and the gates of Hades shall never prevail over her. 

She is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church