Quote: Wiser than I

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“Now a Catholic is a person who has plucked up courage to face the incredible and inconceivable idea that somebody else may be wiser than he is.”
– G.K. Chesterton (The Well and the Shadows)

In otherwords, as Catholics, we are admitting that we need Jesus’ Church. We are admitting that He gave us this Church for a reason – to guide us and sanctify us. As Catholics we submit to this guidance. We admit that we are not our own pope. We do not personally have the authority to interpret scripture authoritatively. On certain things, we do not have the authority to tell Jesus’ Church it is wrong. And even when we do disagree or have trouble understanding, we question with obedience. We work to understand better.

We have the humility to know that our perspective may not be better than the perspective of a 2000 year old Church founded by Jesus himself and given the authority to bind and to loose, to forgive sins, and to feed His sheep. An institution given the protection and guidance of the Holy Spirit at Pentacost.

We don’t start our own churches. We join Christ’s Church.

We recognize that we need the grace of the sacraments. We recognize that being Catholic is believing in all of the teachings of the Church, not just choosing the ones we like and discarding the others.

Ultimately, we recognize that our faith, our Catholicism, is not something we mold to our life. It’s something we mold our life to.

(At least we try to do these things!)

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