The fidelity of the baptized is a primordial condition for the proclamation of the Gospel and for the Church's mission in the world. In order that the message of salvation can show the power of its truth and radiance before men, it must be authenticated by the witness of the life of Christians. 'The witness of a Christian life and good works done in a supernatural spirit have great power to draw men to the faith and to God.'
Because they are members of the Body whose Head is Christ, Christians contributed to building up the Church by the constancy of their convictions and their moral lives. The Church increases, grows, and develops through the holiness of her faithful, until 'we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.'
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2044-2045
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The Witness of a Christian Life...
We had a great catechism class last night. We even threw in some random snippets of video that ended up relating to the conversation, including all three May Feelings videos and the fun bits on ducklings and birds of paradise from Disney's Earth. (note: the second link is from the BBC version which includes much of the same footage, but different commentary - also I found this fun montage of scenes from the movie). Anyway, here's a favorite quote from this week's reading: