Friday, April 8, 2016

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 133 - Part II.

YOUCAT Question n. 133 - Part II. Why is the Church called catholic?

(Youcat answer - repeated) “Catholic” (Greek kat’ holon) means related to the whole. The Church is catholic because Christ called her to profess the whole faith, to preserve all the sacraments, to administer them and proclaim the Good News to all; and he sent her to all nations.        

A deepening through CCC

(CCC 831 b) The character of universality which adorns the People of God is a gift from the Lord himself whereby the Catholic Church ceaselessly and efficaciously seeks for the return of all humanity and all its goods, under Christ the Head in the unity of his Spirit (LG 13 §§ 1-2; cf. Jn 11:52).     

Reflecting and meditating 

(CCC Comment)  

(CCC 850) The origin and purpose of mission. The Lord's missionary mandate is ultimately grounded in the eternal love of the Most Holy Trinity: "The Church on earth is by her nature missionary since, according to the plan of the Father, she has as her origin the mission of the Son and the Holy Spirit" (AG 2). The ultimate purpose of mission is none other than to make men share in the communion between the Father and the Son in their Spirit of love (Cf. John Paul II, RMiss 23).     

(This question: Why is the Church called catholic? is continued)

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