MY CATHOLIC FAITH: Indefectibility of the Church
God's ever-watchful providence brought about the conversion of the Frankish king Clovis, with a great number of his warriors. This was the beginning of the firm establishment of the Church in the Frankish kingdom, although missionaries had gone there from the first century. In the eighth century St. Boniface converted Middle and Northern Germany, until then the home of violent paganism. For nine centuries Mohammedanism threatened Christian civilization. It was the Church under the Popes that urged the nations to league against Mohammedanism.
In the sixteenth century the Mohammedan menace was removed. Not only non-Christians, but its own rebellious children have persecuted the Church. From the beginning heresy has attacked it from within. And still the Church lives, greater than ever, changeless, indefectible. The long history of the Catholic Church is attended by schism and heresy, but each attack has only strengthened it. It has continued to live and spread in spite of everything and everybody.The Church is the Bride of Christ, cast into prison, starved, thrown to the beasts, trampled underfoot, hacked, tortured, crucified, and burned. But this fair Bride emerges from it all in the bloom and freshness of youth, serene, calm, immortal. RON SMITH REPORT: Sedevacanists and the Church of Rome Note from Ron: To receive my Catholic Q&A reports please contact me with your correct email address.
Thoughts and Sayings of Saint Margaret Mary: Love of God28. Your love for God must be so great that grace may triumph over your heart and over all human respect. No more self-introspection. Provided that the good pleasure of the Sacred Heart is accomplished, suffering or enjoyment must be a matter of indifference to you.
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