Thursday, July 26, 2012

More hopeful words concerning the Church

St. Irenaeus

We continue to atone for recent dispiriting posts concerning the Novus Ordo, by quoting hopeful passages from Fr. Henri de Lubac's "The Splendour of the Church:"

Whatever  the difficulties we encounter and the disturbances which threaten to throw us off our balance, we should always keep a firm hold on [the equivalence of Christ and His Church].
Like Ulysses bound to the mast, ... we should hold on ... to the saving truth formulated for us by St. Irenaeus: "Where the Church is, there is the Spirit of God, and where the Spirit of God is, there is the Church and all grace, and the Spirit is Truth; to sever ourselves from the Church is to reject the Spirit" - and in virtue of that "to shut ourselves out of life."

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