Friday, September 24, 2010

Reading the Catechism

As mentioned before, I have been reading the Catechism during the few minutes of quiet before Mass, and this morning reflected—again—on what a beautiful presentation of our faith and in what clarity the Catechism moves us through the teaching.

This morning, one reading that struck me with remembrance of part of what drew us to the Church, that unbroken line of authority and grace from the Trinity, through Christ's first Mass in the Upper Room, to us each time we commune at Mass, was this:

"The sacred mystery of the Church's unity" (UR 2)

“813 The Church is one because of her source: "the highest exemplar and source of this mystery is the unity, in the Trinity of Persons, of one God, the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit." The Church is one because of her founder: for "the Word made flesh, the prince of peace, reconciled all men to God by the cross, . . . restoring the unity of all in one people and one body." The Church is one because of her "soul": "It is the Holy Spirit, dwelling in those who believe and pervading and ruling over the entire Church, who brings about that wonderful communion of the faithful and joins them together so intimately in Christ that he is the principle of the Church's unity." Unity is of the essence of the Church:

“What an astonishing mystery! There is one Father of the universe, one Logos of the universe, and also one Holy Spirit, everywhere one and the same; there is also one virgin become mother, and I should like to call her "Church." (CCC #813)