2015 Walk-Run-Ride For Life



It's that time again! The Assist Pregnancy Center's Walk-Run-Ride for Life is on April 18th. Once again, Saint Athanasius has a team participating in this event. CLICK HERE to go to my sponsor page - but you do not have to sponsor me! Scroll down a little and click on the "My Team" tab and sponsor anyone on Team Athanasius! Thanks for your support, but more importantly, thanks for helping moms and babies who are in need, and in preventing abortions. Your help really means a lot. It really does.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Marks of the Church

Today's TDP writing from the Apology spoke of the Marks of the Church. I have found that there is often some confusion about these - not what they are (that's easy enough: the preaching of the Word and the administration of the Sacraments), but why they are the "marks" of the church.

If you think in these terms: "I can know where the church is because she is doing these things," then you will inevitably have questions. Namely, is that church doing them right? Is the preaching pure, or pure enough? And what is pure enough? With thinking like this, the marks really aren't marks at all, but question marks. For whenever you try to base your confidence and faith on what man does, you can never be sure.

However, the Marks of the Church are the Marks of the Church not because the Church does these things, but because these things do the Church! Or in other words, the Church is where the Gospel is preached and the Sacraments are administered precisely because Christ has promised to work through these means to create and sustain His Church. Thinking like this, then, gives us not questions, but confidence, because it is all based on Christ and His promises, not on what man does. Therefore we know where the Church is because of what Christ is doing; because He has promised to be there and to build His Church through these means. Thanks be to God!

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