The Church On Earth

1292 WordsMar 8, 20176 Pages
“ For the Church on earth is endowed already with a sanctity that is real but imperfect.”1 Throughout history, God has used many events, personalities and desicions to bring his pilgrim Church closer to the fullness of sanctity He desires for it. Although throughout history the Church has found herself confronted with controversy, pain and the imperfect nature of humanity, these moments often brought opportunities for God to manifest Himself in ways that continue to impact Catholics today. The Holy Spirit 's intervention in dark times has allowed the Church to continue forward. It has impacted history as a whole, bringing light to a world covered by the cloud of sin. Within this reality, I have found three “winners”, who I think…show more content…
In this way, St. Paul practiced inculturation, which we continue to see around the world. There are so many rich and beautiful articulations of the Catholic faith around the world, which not take away from the universiality of the Church, but rather displays it. St. Paul encouraged this as he founded churches in different areas, guiding them through the unique challenges of each culture. This is shown in his letters, as each carries a special significance to those whom he directly addressed (i.e. Letter to the Romans, Letter to the Hebrews). Even so, they still apply to us today. His theological insights into the life and teachings of Christ are the foundation upon which many of doctrines stand, including the Catholic understanding of suffering in union with Christ. Also, St. Paul 's own conversion from persecutor to apostle powerfully reminds us that it is never too late to turn to Christ. My birthday is the feast of St. Paul 's conversion. Personally, St. Paul 's teachings, written two thousand years ago, still speak truth into my life, inspiring me daily to trust that “where sin abounded, grace abounds all the more.” 2 The Marian apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe occured during a difficult time for Christianity. The Church in Europe was mixed up in political strife, whereas the missionary
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