Christ continues his work through the Church; that is you and me. Those who listen to us are listening to him, and if they do not listen to us, then…phew that is a lot to take in. Our voice becomes and is his voice when we speak as Church, when in humility we put away all our fancy theories and strategies and bow to the Word. The Magisterium of the Church (Teaching Office: Pope and Bishops in communion with him) are the guarantors that the voice is his.
From time to time God in his faithfulness raises strong models of holiness to encourage the Church, to edify the nations and to steer the disciples of Christ in the right direction. This is one way of how the Holy Spirit leads the Church in its inerrancy. How can we not think of giants like Paul, Basil, Athanasius, Cyril, Benedict, Ambrose, Augustine, Francis, the Glorious St Dominic, Albert the Great, Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, Teresa of Lisieux, John Henry Newman, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Teresa of Culcutta and in more recent days John Paul II.
In John Paul II we have a great example of this. His holy life led to his Pontificate which consolidated the true message of Vatican II. He was the Pope to promulgate the Catechism and the Code of Canon Law, the new edition of the Roman Missal and magisterial encyclicals especially Veritatis Splendor. To him theologians ascribe the Theology of the body, to him we ascribe the pneumatic moment of the Great Jubilee in 2000. He was the one that released the Church for openness to the Spirit through the many apologies he offered, he gave us confidence in the freedom of forgiveness in the strength of opening our doors to Christ and in leading us to Jesus through Mary.
This weekend, as we focus on Divine Mercy, we give thanks that this eternal and unfailing Mercy gave us John Paul the Great. On his footsteps we continue to bring the light of Christ to all the corners of creation.
Please pray for members of the Sevenoaks Ordinariate who this weekend together with some brothers and sisters from St John’s Sevenoaks go on pilgrimage to Walsingham. May they be an example of Church unity on this local scale. Myself I am embarking on another pilgrimage and will tell you about it later on.