Our world has gotten to a place where I cannot say, “I am happy I am an American!” It is as if I am putting down people from Canada. They are the most polite people on earth (except at hockey games), but I want no part of those winters.
Or how about this one? “I’m happy I’m a man.” This doesn’t put down women. I just like having no idea if my clothes match, but being able to remember Cecil Cooper batted .352 for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1980.
Here is the best: “I’m so glad I’m a Catholic!” I am not putting anyone down with this statement. I just love being Catholic.
St. Ignatius of Antioch (who died around 107AD) was already referring to the one and only Christian Church as the Catholic Church. “Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude of the people also be; even as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.” —Letter to the Smyrnaeans, Ch 8
The authority of the Church was already in place. “For even Jesus Christ, our inseparable life, is the manifested will of the Father; as also bishops, settled everywhere to the utmost bounds of the earth, are so by the will of Jesus Christ… Let us be careful, then, not to set ourselves in opposition to the bishop, in order that we may be subject to God.” —Letter to the Ephesians, Ch 3,5
The Eucharist was already understood and taught. “See how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God… They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the Flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, Flesh which suffered for our sins and which the Father, in his goodness, raised up again. They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes.” —Letter to the Smyrnaeans, Ch 6
All of these quotes written 200 years before Constantine was even born! This, the man some would have you believe founded our Church. Well, the math doesn’t add up. Today at Mass, we heard 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 along with John 6:51-58. Reread it. Believe it. Proclaim it.BACK TO LIST