See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
182. God’s covenant fidelity applies also to the Church. The miracle of the Church is that the love of Christ that defines her cannot be erased by any sin of her members. She is a visible society in the world, but one that is not defined by anything that is “of ” the world. That is what is so beautiful about the Church. We do not have to wait for the society of twelve perfect people to be created before we can declare we have a Church worth believing in. We do not place our faith in human virtues or perfections, but we believe in Jesus Christ, who died for us, and by his blood made us “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,” God’s own people, that we may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Pet 2:9)
In its introduction, the document says its aim is to present “Catholic teaching in a way that is fresh, insightful, and accessible to contemporary Catholics and all people of good will.” The catechesis “offers a narrative beginning with our creation, soberly noting our fall and the challenges we face, but emphasizing God’s plan for our salvation. Love is our mission, and it is by loving God and one another that we will be fully alive.”
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