Authority in the community

Through loving obedience to God's will we open our hearts to receive the grace to become His family! (Cf. Mt 12:46-50).
-Obedience brings unity in truth. One heart, one mind, one love in Christ. We share the life of the Trinity. Obedience ushers the Kingdom of God unto earth "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done".

Built upon one foundation.  Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Eph. 2:19


Church is wretched, yet Christ keeps her in his grasp

Benedict XVI in Light of the World
Well, right now, in the midst of the scandals, we have experienced what it means to be very stunned by how wretched the Church is, by how much her members fail to follow Christ. That is the one side, which we are forced to experience for our humiliation, for our real humility.

The other side is that, in spite of everything, he does not release his grip on the Church. In spite of the weakness of the people in whom he shows himself, he keeps the Church in his grasp, he raises up saints in her, and makes himself present through them. I believe that these two feelings belong together: the deep shock over the wretchedness, the sinfulness of the Church — and the deep shock over the fact that he doesn’t drop this instrument, but that he works with it; that he never ceases to show himself through and in the Church.

Readings on obedience

"My greatest desire is to be a submissive and loving daughter of the Holy Church, obeying Her in all She will judge good to command. I have never wanted to deceive or delude myself, remaining ever disposed to follow God's voice in His Church, who is never deceived, while I can be. Thanks to God, I have always let myself be guided by obedience.
I have no other ambition than to live a hidden, obscure life. I will follow with all my heart the path the Holy Church will lay out for me." -Conchita Dec. 9, 1913 (Philipon English pg 74).

The Church is our mother
"No one can have God as Father unless they have the Church as Mother." This is why we do not say "my Father," but "Our Father," because it is only in the "we" of the Church, of the brothers and sisters, that we are children. -St Cyprian

One Church
There is one God, and one Christ, and one Church, and one chair, by our Lord's voice founded upon Peter. To set up another altar, or to constitute another priesthood, besides the one altar and the one priesthood, is impossible. Whosever gathereth elsewhere scattereth. It is adulterous, it is impious, it is sacrilegious, whatsoever is instituted by man to the breach of God's disposition" -St. Cyprian

Obedience to pope and bishops
Vat II, "Dogmatic Constitution on the Church" (Lumen Gentium)

"Bishops who teach in communion with the Roman Pontiff, are to be revered by all as witnesses of divine and Catholic truth; the faithful for their part, are obliged to submit to their bishops’ decision, made in the name of Christ, in matters of faith and morals, and to adhere to it with a ready and respectful allegiance of mind. This loyal submission of the will and intellect must be given, in a special way, to the authentic teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff, even when he does not speak ex cathedra in such wise, indeed, that his supreme teaching authority be acknowledged with respect, and sincere assent be given to decisions made by him, conformably with his manifest mind and intention, which is made known principally either by the character of the documents in question, or by the frequency with which a certain doctrine is proposed, or by the manner in which the doctrine is formulated (Lumen Gentium, 25)."

Faithful love to the Church put into practice
Almost every feast of the Church gives me a deeper knowledge of God and a special grace. That is why I prepare myself for each feast and unite myself closely with the spirit of the Church. What a joy it is to be faithful child of the Church! Oh, how much I love Holy Church and all who live in it! I look upon them as living members of Christ, who is their Head. I burn with love with those who love. I suffer with those who suffer. I am consumed with sorrow at the sight of those who are cold and ungrateful; and I then try to have such a great love for God that it will make amends for those who do not love Him, those who feed their Savior with ingratitude at its worst. -St. Faustina, Diary No. 481 

"Since the sanctification of man is in the power of God who sanctifies, it is not in the competency of man to choose the things by which he is to be sanctified, but this must be determined by Divine institution." ~ St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica,

Intolerant in principle; tolerant in practice
Church is intolerant in her principles because she believes; but is tolerant in practice because she loves. The enemies of the Church are tolerant in principles because they do not believe, but are intolerant in practice because the do not love - P Reginald Garrigous-Lagrange, O.P.
Let us be patient and forgiving with others but strict towards ourselves. Let us not dilute the principles we live by.

Un sacrificio parecido al martirio
Aquellos que, por un generoso esfuerzo, se resuelven a obedecer, ganan grandes méritos, pues la obediencia entraña un sacrificio parecido al martirio." -San Ignacio de Loyola

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