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Saturday, November 19, 2005
Organized Religion

Many people live in the misguided opinion that organized religion is not necessary. They believe in the here and the now while rejecting the calling of God to live as a community of faith, in communion together.

The entire purpose of the Catholic Church is "to be the sacrament of the inner union of men with God” (CCC 775). Each of us is internally called to worship and love God to the fullest possibility. In Elements of Religion, Henry Liddon states that: “Morality severed from religious motives is like a branch cut from a tree; it may, from here and there, from accidental causes, retain its greeness for a while, but it’s chance of a vigorous life is a very slender one.” God alone is the source of all morality as all were created by Him and deserving of respect; lack of religion destroys true morality.

Through the four sacraments of the Church: “One, Holy, Catholic (meaning universal), and apostolic” we find no other Church other than the One Church founded by Christ in Matthew 16:18. Let us pray as Christ did before His passion, for as His death neared He still loved us: “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”

For those looking to learn about the Catholic faith or the answers to questions such as “Why Organized Religion” I encourage the book This Is the Faithby Canon Francis Ripley, Tan Books and Publishing, Inc. © 2002 as well as the Program.


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